This is my 30,000 bottom attending at contest in the ICT industry for February 2014.
A Little History of antecedent year’s Februarys…
Five years ago in February 2009 the account was ALL about layoffs and bread-and-butter uncertainty. Nortel, in accession to their layoffs awash their Alteon asset for beneath than $18 million, which they had bought for $7 billion nine years previously! In February 2010 M&A action was apathetic with no huge buys. Google bought Aardvark; Oracle purchased a brace of abate entities; IBM bought a baby arrangement software accession that focuses on the telco vertical; and Sybase bought a accession that has a able ballast in the banking casework vertical. There were lots of signs that the accretion was beneath way and Canada saw some job advance afterwards a aeon of decline. February 2011 was addition quiet ages for M&A with HP affairs Vertica; Opentext bought Metastorm ($182 million); and Rackspace acquired Anso Labs. World account was bedeviled by the accepted uprisings in a growing amount of countries and the reactions of those governments including the atrocity of Gaddafi’s Libyan supporters. Two years ago, February 2012 was not a blockbuster ages for M&A, but there was some absorbing activity. The better accord of the ages saw Oracle pay $1.9 billion for aptitude administration accession Taleo. Siemens Canada paid $440 actor for networking accessories accession Rugged.com. IBM bought BYOD accession Worklight; Dell bought advancement and accretion accession AppAssure; Apple bought adaptable seek accession Chomp; and LM Ericsson bought Ottawa based BelAir Networks. Endure year in February 2013 Dell went clandestine in a $24.4 billion deal, that included a $2 billion investment by Microsoft. Oracle paid $1.7 billion for networking accession Acme Packet Inc.; Rackspace bought big abstracts accession ObjectRocket; Telus was active with two acquisitions, cyberbanking medical annal analysis of the Canadian Medical Association and agenda forensics accession Agenda Wyzdom; HP aswell awash the Palm operating arrangement to LG for their acute TVs.
Which brings us aback to the present…
February 2014 saw Facebook accomplish a big move with $16 billion accretion of Whatsapp, which is apparently acceptable appraisal account for Blackberry because its BBM artefact would be a absolute competitor. Blackberry about had addition asperous ages if IDC arise its numbers as the company’s smartphones accounted for alone 1.9% of sales in Q4 of 2013.
Another accession with big news, although not necessarily absolute was Sony. They arise to be reinventing themselves in their assorted niches as they are closing their eReader abundance and divesting themselves of their PC analysis (Vaio).
In added M&A account Comcast is authoritative a $45 billion play for Time Warner Cable; Oracle paid a accounted $400 actor for abstracts administration belvedere accession Bluekai; LinkedIn paid $120 actor for online job seek accession Bright; and Klout was bought for about $100 actor by Lithium Technologies. Google fabricated a brace of acquisitions, online artifice accession Spider.io and defended logon accession Slicklogin. IBM is affairs database as a account accession Cloudant; and Monster bought a brace of companies, amusing contour accession Talentbin and job accession and administration technology accession Gozaic.
Other companies authoritative account this ages cover Microsoft who appear a new CEO, Satya Nadella (who replaces Steve Ballmer) additional a new Board Chair John Thompson (who replaces Bill Gates). Dell started its new activity as a clandestine accession with above restructuring, consistent in acceptable 15,000 job losses. On the acceptable account front, jobs conception and basement additions in Canada appear in the anatomy of new datacenters for Bell Aliant and for Telus.
In letters from assorted sources Android has about 80% of the adaptable OS bazaar share, with Apple a abroad second. Samsung was the ascendant handset accouterments supplier with 32% share, with Apple second. Apple about accounted for about 1/3 of book sales in Western Europe endure year, with Samsung second.
A Cisco abstraction suggests that users will access adaptable abstracts acceptance by a agency of about 8 over the advancing 5 years… so accomplish abiding you accept acceptable abstracts plans! The Canadian Federal Government appear an basement investment to put broadband into rural communities and Gartner acquaint us that IT spending was collapsed year over year, for the 13th year in a row!
Economic account was about mixed, with no above bad account and no big breakthroughs. Some job advance in Canada and the US, some absolute aplomb indicators and some not so good. One abstraction seemed to sum it up for me, Careerbuilder begin that 58% of administration feel the recession is still lingering!
That is it for my attending at what was accident in the technology amplitude over the endure month, compared to the aforementioned ages in antecedent years.
I’ll be aback at the end of March, until then… walk fast and smile!
Kevin Dee is CEO of Eagle Professional Resources Inc. (a Professional Staffing Company)