On Salesforce’s acquisition of MuleSoft

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Salesforce has announced that it’s entered into an agreement to acquire independent integration specialist MuleSoft. It’s a move that makes sense for Salesforce, but not necessarily for MuleSoft’s customers. I’ve been doing this industry analyst and consulting thing for a long time now, and I can still remember my reaction when, 10 years ago, Oracle […]

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Aurea sells Jive-x business to Lithium.. So now what?

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Less than three months after Jive was acquired by Aurea, the company has now sold the external communities piece of the Jive portfolio, Jive-x, to Lithium Technologies. In an announcement released by Lithium yesterday, Lithium stated its plans to continue offering the solution, and supporting Jive’s existing Jive-x customers through this transition. A great new […]

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IBM buys XCC to add a digital workplace layer to IBM Connections

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Today, IBM announced its acquisition of TIMETOACT GROUP’s XCC product, a “digital workplace hub” which is built on top of its collaboration product, IBM Connections. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. XCC – a quick win for IBM As I outlined in my recent blog, IBM is working hard on revamping Connections. Most of the […]

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Acquisition news fuels uncertainty at JiveWorld 17

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Six years after its IPO, social collaboration vendor Jive Software is to be acquired by ESW Capital for $462m. While there has long been speculation that an acquisition was on the cards, the news has certainly overshadowed Jive’s customer conference this week, and will undoubtedly leave many customers and prospects wondering what’s ahead. A new […]

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Dell Boomi finds a workflow fit with ManyWho

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With its acquisition of ManyWho, Dell Boomi is moving up the stack – adding workflow automation to its existing visual app integration capabilities. But there’s more. Dell Boomi – the independent vendor-to-beat in the integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) space – announced yesterday it has acquired ManyWho, a small provider of a cloud-based, low-code workflow application development […]

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OpenText buys Documentum, but will LEAP be squashed or polished?

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So Documentum finally has a new home. With the ink barely dry on Dell’s takeover of EMC, OpenText today announced its intention to acquire EMC’s Enterprise Content Division (ECD) for $1.62B. When the deal concludes (likely around the tail-end of 2016, or early 2017) OpenText will be the proud new owners of Documentum, InfoArchive and […]

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Pegasystems adds new dimensions with OpenSpan acquisition

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Pegasystems has acquired workforce intelligence and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) technology vendor OpenSpan. This is a smart move that opens up multiple fronts of opportunity for both vendors, and also their customers. In case you missed it, Robotic Process Automation (RPA) – put very crudely, think of it as the next generation of terminal emulation […]

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All change again at Zimbra/Telligent as both are acquired

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Well it’s hard to keep up with these guys.  Just a few weeks after I published my latest analysis of Zimbra and where it’s going, this week saw two separate acquisitions which split the two parts of the company once more. The first news was that the social collaboration part of the business (formerly “Telligent”, […]

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