TMCnet Feature
May 24, 2014

Wheelings & Dealings: M&A Week in Review

By Joe Rizzo, TMCnet Contributing Writer

Security is something that will always be a major concern, but possibly even more so now that we have so many cloud-based offerings. Many companies are taking advantage of this so they can offer their employees a more convenient way to work outside the office, which brings us back to the need for security.

smartShift Technologies formed a partnership with Virtual Forge in an effort to bring about what it is considering as the next generation enterprise software optimization, application security expertise and managed cloud services under one roof for the first time.

SAP (News - Alert) has been quite busy of late acquiring companies. We recently saw the SAP taking possession of Fieldglass. The company is not slowing down for a minute’s rest. This week it was announced that SAP now has the desire to acquire SeeWhy. It seems that SAP’s goal in acquiring SeeWhy (News - Alert) is to add to its commerce platform of another of its recent acquisitions, hybris.

South Africa's second-biggest fixed-line phone operator is Neotel. The telecom company has been around for seven years. It seems that Vodafone’s (News - Alert) African subsidiary called Vodacom is interested in Neotel. The feeling is that from a strategic perspective this acquisition makes a lot of sense. This could also be a way for Vodafone to grow its South African branch.

Among other things, something that Israel and the U.S. have in common is the fact so many computer-related concepts that were originally created for the military have found a use in our everyday lives. This has led to Israel becoming a leader in technology, especially with respect to mobile technology. It is with this in mind that, this week, in-cab terminal supplier, Micronet has acquired Israeli-based Beijer.

Amazon is a name that everyone in the world is familiar with. As far reaching as it already is, Amazon is constantly pushing to go even further and pretty much be able to supply everything to everyone. Apparently, there is nothing that Amazon cannot deliver. That must be why it invested $20 million in an online food vendor in China.

Every day companies all over the world make deals, raise funds and form partnerships. We try to keep an eye on these Wheelings & Dealings. Whether it is an acquisition or a joint partnership that benefits several companies, we will keep you apprised of all of the important details.

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