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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 […]

Friday, January 23, 2015

Why do you do what you do?

The primary purpose of this blog post is to ask you if you can articulate WHY you do what you do.   If you can’t, I‘d suggest you take a few moments to check out this link to Simon Sinek’s Ted talk.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5Tw0PGcyN0.     He is the author of “Start with WHY”, which discusses how starting with […]

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Compelling Reason to Sell Your Business in 2015

Why should 2015 be the year?  Because valuations are nearing record highs (and trees don’t grow to the sky). Note that I am not referring to the stock market per se, although the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average have both reached record highs in 2014.   I’m referring to the price-to-earnings ratio (or […]

Sunday, November 23, 2014

NP Tech: The Non-Profit Sector is Heating Up

When people think of software and technology for the non-profit sector, they generally think of Blackbaud, and more recently, Salesforce.com.  Blackbaud is the biggest player in non-profits for sure, with over $546 million in revenue over the past twelve months, but Salesforce.com (which gives software away to small non-profits through its charitable foundation) is coming […]

Friday, October 03, 2014

SMB CEOs Say: The Economy Has Finally Turned the Corner

The Q3 2014 Vistage CEO Confidence Index just came out, and 75% of the CEOS surveyed anticipate revenue gains over the next 12 months, although only 38% believe that overall economic conditions in the US will be better in the next 12 months.  That seems like a strange contradiction to me; or maybe, it’s just […]

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 […]

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

5 Reasons to Sell Your Business in 2014

Owners of many privately-held businesses have sat out the recent resurgence in M&A activity while waiting for their company performance to rebound and waiting for M&A valuations to match their expectations once again.  Abundant capital and fervent demand are fueling a strong M&A market, so owners should consider these five reasons to sell their businesses […]