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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 […]

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Virtual Organizations and their Impact on M&A

Virtual organizations are on the rise, especially among start-ups.  The cloud has replaced the “garage” as the 21st century laboratory for collaboration and innovation.   What’s most exciting about this trend is the fact that the barriers to entry for an intellectual property-driven business (whether it be a software firm, professional services, or an online business) […]

Saturday, December 06, 2014

So you say you are a market leader?

Really?  Oh, come now… in every press release I ever saw the company says they are the market leader, but in what?  Market-share?  Revenue or installed base?  Technology perhaps?  And in who’s eyes; besides your own?  And why is this really important anyway? Well it IS important, and it is important because often success begets […]

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 […]

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 […]

Friday, July 25, 2014

10 Most Active Strategic Buyers in the Staffing Space

Staffing Industry Analysts recently released their latest report “2014 List of Companies Looking to Acquire Staffing Firms”.  This study includes self-reported information from strategics about their acquisition desires, but interestingly, it only has information from 2 of the 10 most active strategic acquirers.  Perhaps that’s because the most active strategics have corporate development staff dedicated […]