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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Why take a PaaS?

Over recent years we have seen a preference of PLM and ERP suppliers to work with a few large System Integrators to implement their products within large customers who demand special attention and substantial resources, often in spikes of demand. Now, with the demand of manufacturing companies for industry specific solutions, proliferation of the cloud, […]

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Harpoon Brewery: What’s Beer Got To Do With M&A?

Well, not much, really, except that Charlie Storey, President, and Warren Dibble, the CFO of Harpoon Brewery completed an ESOP of the company last summer.  They’re coming to this year’s XPX Summit on March 19th at the Waltham Woods Conference Center to tell their story.  Check out their video to get a taste.  Oh – […]

Monday, February 23, 2015

What will become of Supply Chain Management (SCM)?

After completing our analysis of 2014 Mergers and Acquisitions in Manufacturing Automation one standout was that there were very few acquisitions by SCM (Supply Chain Management) companies.  In fact, SCM had the fewest acquisitions of any of the manufacturing automations sectors.  At the same time, it was one of the highest growth sectors we evaluated, […]

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Mergers and Acquisitions in Manufacturing Automation 2014

In July of 2014 Mirus initiated its coverage of the Manufacturing Automation including PLM, ERP, SCM and System Integration sectors.   We have now updated this report exploring 2014 performance of major public Manufacturing Automation Software companies, related M&A transactions, and trends in the industry.  See Mergers and Acquisitions in Manufacturing Automation 2014 Overall, 2014 was […]

Monday, January 12, 2015

A Review of 2014 Medical Device M&A

The Medical Device Industry Goes Big in 2014 It has clearly been an exciting year in the medical device M&A space if one is stimulated by sheer deal size. Three of the top ten healthcare acquisitions of the year are medical device deals, with the Medtronic/Covidien blockbuster leading the way. Top 10 Largest Health Care […]

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

If Google Steps In It Regarding Independent Contractor vs. Employee, How Can You Protect Yourself?

If Google, a publicly-traded company with about $40 billion in annual revenue, can’t figure out if someone is an independent contractor or an employee, what does this mean for you? An article from Reuters last week, notes that Google is being sued by a former contractor, Jacob McPherson, alleging violation of federal labor standards, and that […]

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Top Three Deal Killers to Avoid

Few experiences in business are more harrowing than having a deal to sell your company fall apart. While the ups and downs of a deal are inevitable, having your transaction get permanently derailed is not. When a deal crashes and burns, the repercussions on your business can be significant and long lasting. Company performance may […]

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Battle for BOM Control and its Impact on Mergers and Acquisitions in Manufacturing Automation

For years the big PLM and their ERP counterparts have been battling it out for control of the company master Bill of Material (BOM). ERP vendors have traditionally owned the Manufacturing BOM; PLM the Engineering BOM; leaving the end user to determine who owns the master. In our recent white paper that initiated coverage of […]