When it comes to the supply chain technology marketplace, "change" itself is the one constant that never seems to change.
In recent months, no fewer than two dozen significant moves have occurred, most of them deals accomplished by larger companies hoping to quickly gain ground on their competitors via strategic acquisitions. Many of the companies being acquired, though, are themselves well known supply chain pioneers, such as Symbol Technologies, Indus International, Radio Beacon and Click Commerce.
The following scorecard highlights significant corporate moves in the supply chain technology sector since IndustryWeek's last update in the October 2006 issue.
|Company/Product||Parent Company||Transaction Type||Technology|
|ALG Software||Business Objects||acquisition||performance management|
|Brooks Software||Applied Materials Inc.||acquisition||factory management and control|
|Click Commerce Inc.||Illinois Tool Works Inc.||acquisition||supply chain management|
|Comergent Technologies Inc.||Sterling Commerce||acquisition||order management|
|Cube Route Inc.||Descartes Systems Group Inc.||acquisition||logistics management|
|FBO Systems Inc.||QAD Inc.||acquisition||enterprise asset management|
|Global Beverage Group Inc.||HighJump Software||acquisition||delivery management|
|Glovia Services Inc.||Glovia International Inc.||spinoff||software as a service (SaaS)|
|HeadwaterTechnology Solutions Inc.||Accellos Inc.||acquisition||fleet management|
|Indus International Inc.||Vista/MDSIMobile |
Data Solutions Inc.
|acquisition/merger||service delivery management|
|Infravio Inc.||webMethods Inc.||acquisition||SOA solutions|
|Maddocks Systems Inc.||TMW Systems Inc.||acquisition||trucking software|
|MVI Technology||CDC Corp.||acquisition||real-time performance management|
|Mobitrac||Fluensee Inc.||acquisition||transportation execution|
|nPhase||QUALCOMM Inc.||acquisition||machine-to-machine technology|
|Precision Software Ltd.||QAD Inc.||acquisition||transportation management|
|Radio Beacon Inc.||Accellos Inc.||acquisition||warehouse management|
|Revere Inc.||Avantc&eactue; Software||acquisition||enterprise asset management|
|RFID TagSource||n/a||start-up||RFID tags|
|Savi Group||Lockheed Martin||spin-off||supply chain security|
|Soluziona USA||Miria Systems Inc.||name change||business process automation|
|Symbol Technologies Inc.||Motorola Inc.||acquisition||wireless/RFID solutions|
|TrueSource Inc.||Procuri Inc.||acquisition||spend management|