In 2021 it seems we’ve had 2 constants: the world living with the coronavirus pandemic and a steady flow of tech acquisitions.
Global tech merger & acquisitions deals last year totaled $634 billion, a 91.8% year-over-year increase, according to GlobalData. And some of the big deals were the $35 billion acquisition of Xilinx by Advanced Micro Devices and Salesforce’s $27.7 billion acquisition of Slack.
But they’re not the only ones worth looking at. We’ve selected some other tech acquisitions that took place this year which will most likely reshape de tech environment as we know it.
IBM delves into observability for customers
IBM announced the acquisition of Turbonomic at the end of April.
Turbonomic specializes in Application Resource Management (ARM) and Network Performance Management (NPM) software. Turbonomic uses machine learning to spot application performance issues and optimize underlying resources. This applies to containers, VMs, servers, storage, networks, and databases.
This acquisitions will help IBM offer a greater range of AIOps and observability options for customers. This will happen particularly through its IBM Cloud Pak for Watson AIOps.
Microsoft boosts its upstream open-source contributions
Microsoft made a move to boost its capabilities in the Kubernetes space with the acquisition of German firm Kinvolk. This also took place in late April.
Founded in 2015, Kinvolk has been building enterprise-grade tools to help developers adopt cloud-native technologies. These technologies are Kubernetes, Flatcar Container Linux, as well as the Lokomotive and Inspektor Gadget projects.
Microsoft expects to integrate the Kinvolk team and technology into the team responsible for its managed Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS). This will boost Microsoft’s upstream open-source contributions.
UiPath takes step forward for its enterprise-ready platform
On March 23rd, RPA vendor UiPath made an addition of its own, picking up the Denver, CO-based firm Cloud Elements.
Cloud Elements specializes in API integration, similar to Mulesoft and Apigee, which are now part of Salesforce and Google, respectively.
For UiPath, a Romanian-born start-up, this capability could allow customers to better link processes that span various enterprise systems to build more effective automations.
SAP digs deeper into cloud-native enterprise intelligence
German software firm SAP announced it’s acquiring fellow German firm Signavio, which specializes in cloud-native enterprise business intelligence for processes and management, in late January.
This acquisition will add Signavio-designed solutions to the bundle of existing SAP software and services aimed at offering customers “business transformation-as-a-service”.
SAP will aim to use Signavio’s expertise around business process intelligence to help more customers optimize these processes as they become more digital.
Qualcomm strengthens semiconductors market position
No doubt about it: 2020 brought a burst in semiconductors consolidation. So hot on the heels of this phenomenon, Qualcomm announced it was acquiring Nuvia in early January. This 2021 tech acquisition led the way to the upcoming M&A operations of the year.
Nuvia was founded by a team of Apple engineers and makes high-performance CPU chips.
Together, the two companies will be positioned to deliver a new class of products and experiences for the 5G era.
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