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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 […]

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, 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 […]

Monday, August 11, 2014

Multiple Mergers and Acquisitions Drive CAM Market consolidation – Finally!

There have been a number of us over the years that were wondering when it would happen.  When would CAM finally consolidate into a few major players from the literally dozens of small companies servicing the market, much the same as CAD and PDM before it? As recently as 2006, there was no dominant player […]

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mergers and Acquisitions in PLM Q1 Update

With Q1 now behind us, I wanted to take just a minute to make a few observations that update our thoughts on 2014: 1)      Acquisitions in total actually accelerated over the 4 month period from November to March with almost half the total of the prior 12 months, but… 2)      Only three players accounted for […]

Monday, October 21, 2013

Healthcare – Expecting increases in deal activity

Healthcare services M&A is expected to accelerate in the coming months, according to a recent GE Capital survey of healthcare services executive. Increased optimism about business performance is a key driver. In that survey, 88% of executives indicated that M&A is in their near-term future. The survey examined the expectations of more than 200 senior […]