ZYNC Render Acquired By Google
Today we are announcing that Zync Render, the visual effects cloud rendering technology behind Star Trek Into Darkness and Looper, is joining the Google Cloud Platform team.
Creating amazing special effects requires a skilled team of visual artists and designers, backed by a highly powerful infrastructure to render scenes. Many studios, however, don’t have the resources or desire to create an in-house rendering farm, or they need to burst past their existing capacity. READ MORE
Continuum Acquires R1Soft
Continuum®, the industry's only channel-exclusive provider of fully integrated managed IT services solutions, has received overwhelming support from R1Soft® customers for its recent acquisition of R1Soft Server Backup Manager (SBM) from Idera. More than 2,500 cloud infrastructure providers currently use R1Soft SBM to protect more than 300,000 servers worldwide, making it one of the leading commercial backup software for web hosting providers.
“We have been an R1Soft partner for years,” said Corey Arbogast, Owner of R1Soft Licenses, an x10Hosting Website. “We not only rely 100 percent on their backup solution but also manage for hundreds of other small businesses and hosting companies. With the resources and experience at Continuum coupled with the already talented R1Soft development team, we are excited to see the evolution of R1Soft already underway. We are especially enthusiastic to welcome Continuum and look forward to their vision for the future of R1Soft.” READ MORE
SMTP, Inc. To Acquire GraphicMail And SharpSpring
SMTP, Inc. (NASDAQ:SMTP), a global provider of email delivery services, today announced the company entered into two separate agreements for the accretive and strategic acquisitions of GraphicMail and SharpSpring, a move that will strengthen SMTP’s position as a leading integrated marketing technology and services provider focused on delivering customer success. SharpSpring is expected to close before the end of August 2014 and GraphicMail is expected to close before the end of December 2014.
- GraphicMail is a privately held, global provider of integrated email solutions that include campaign management, email templates, analytics and advanced email editing capabilities, with over 30,000 customers and 12 international support networks.
- SharpSpring is a privately held, cloud-based marketing automation provider offering a next-generation marketing automation solution rivaling the industry’s top platforms in terms of features, functionality and performance. READ MORE
Thinking Phone Networks Acquires Whaleback Managed Services
Thinking Phone Networks, the innovative leader in unified communications as a service (UCaaS), has announced its acquisition of Whaleback Managed Services. The acquisition demonstrates another move by Thinking Phone Networks to support its phenomenal market growth, which has continually exceeded the pace of the UCaaS market.
Headquartered in Portsmouth, NH, Whaleback provides managed, cloud-based services to medium-sized businesses. The company serves verticals including healthcare, financial services, real estate, specialty retail, and non-profits across the U.S. with an offering that includes enterprise-class telephony, conferencing, messaging, and contact centers. READ MORE
Adecco Group Acquires OnForce and Merges it with Beeline
Beeline, a global leader in software solutions for managing the extended workforce, today announced that its parent company, Adecco Group, has acquired OnForce and is merging the company under Beeline's portfolio of workforce solutions, which include a vendor management system (VMS), Ellegro learning solutions (ELS) and now OnForce freelancer management system (FMS). Beeline and OnForce will deliver the first integrated solution that offers customers multiple channels for sourcing talent. Combining Beeline VMS with OnForce FMS gives customers unprecedented access to both their trusted supply chain and their network of highly skilled, carefully vetted and correctly classified independent contractors (freelancers) through one cloud-based solution.
Research firm Aberdeen Group estimates that almost 26 percent of the average organization's total workforce is contingent, which can include temps, consultants, independent contractors/freelancers, outsourced project resources, retirees, alumni and other nontraditional workers. Accessing and managing this "extended workforce" is often a fragmented process involving a mixture of technologies such as VMS, FMS, spreadsheets and other ad hoc tools. The new integrated offering will combine Beeline's powerful process automation and analytics for sourcing and managing talent through suppliers, with OnForce's ability to directly access and manage today's burgeoning population of freelance talent. This will provide customers with a valuable new option for simplifying operations and optimizing the management of their extended workforces. For Beeline's channel partners, it will also enable them to either add an independent contractor offering to their current services, or to manage their existing independent contractor business more effectively. READ MORE
Bullhorn Acquires The Code Works
Today, Bullhorn acquired The Code Works Inc., the makers of VMS Access – a cloud-based software product that integrates corporate procurement and vendor management systems (VMS) like SAP’s Fieldglass with CRM systems like Bullhorn. Our staffing customers were asking us for an integration between Bullhorn and popular VMS solutions used by their biggest end-user clients so that they could spend less time on data entry and more time interacting directly with their customers, and we listened to them.
There are number of reasons that this is a fantastic acquisition for Bullhorn and our customers. First, The Code Works Inc. has developed incredible technology. The way in which The Code Works Inc. integrates... READ MORE
Directr is Joining Google
Our small band of scrappy film lovers set out 2 years ago to help regular folks make great video. Today, we are incredibly excited to take the next step on that journey and announce that we are joining the video ads team at YouTube.
For now, everything you love about Directr is staying the same and we’ll continue to focus on helping businesses create great video quickly and easily. One immediate bonus: Directr will soon be all free, all the time. Thanks, YouTube! READ MORE
Ericsson Acquires MetraTech
Today, we announced that Ericsson plans to acquire MetraTech to accelerate its leadership in cloud and enterprise billing and settlement. In a world being made more complicated by a proliferation of online services, the Internet of Things (IoT) and a maze of evolving business relationships, service providers and enterprises alike cannot be constrained by the limitations of their software platforms. The transformation of products into services is continuing at a pace unlike anything we have seen before and the cloud and everything-as-a-service (XaaS) economy is upon us. With this environment as a backdrop, service providers need a platform that enables them to monetize increasingly complex services and partner relationships. Market share will be won based on business model innovation, not simple price changes.
Agile billing is required for businesses that are serious about creating new revenue streams, meeting customers’ needs and doing it fast and well. At MetraTech, we’ve had an agile billing platform from day one with our metadata-driven approach. It is what makes our solution flexible and responsive, as well as business-model- and industry-agnostic. We’ve helped our customers accelerate commerce by enabling them to innovate how they create, structure and manage financial relationships with their customers, partners and suppliers. Our products are used by some of the most recognizable companies around the globe in communications and media, conferencing and collaboration, transportation, travel and hospitality, financial services, cloud and software industries. What these customers all have in common is their ability to create and deliver differentiated service offerings, securely collect revenue and compensate partners the way they need to without compromise. Ericsson took note of MetraTech’s unique ability to provide this flexibility through multiple delivery models (SaaS, on-premise or managed service) to support customers’ deployment needs. READ MORE
PTC Acquires Axeda Corporation
PTC (Nasdaq: PTC) today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Axeda Corporation, a pioneer in the development of solutions to securely connect machines and sensors to the cloud, for approximately $170 million in cash. Axeda's technology innovation, extensive customer base, and powerful partnerships directly complement the PTC ThingWorx business, and will accelerate PTC's ability to deliver best-in-class solutions across the entire Internet of Things technology stack. Subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions and certain regulatory approvals, the transaction is expected to be completed in PTC's fiscal Q4 2014...READ MORE
Teradata Acquires Hadapt
On July 17th, Teradata acquired assets of Hadapt, including experienced big data technologists and intellectual property...
From Hadapt, Teradata has gained an experienced engineering team with deep big data knowledge that will be leveraged to enhance and move forward the Teradata Unified Data Architecture. READ MORE
Care.com Acquires Citrus Lane
Care.com (NYSE: CRCM), the world’s largest online destination for finding and managing family care has acquired Citrus Lane, the leading social commerce platform designed for moms. The acquisition has been completed for consideration of $22.9 million cash and $8.1 million in equity at close. The agreement also provides for up to an additional $17.6 million in earn out payments of cash and equity over the next two years subject to Citrus Lane’s achievement of certain milestones in 2015 and 2016.
Based in Mountain View, CA, Citrus Lane is the leading subscription-based social commerce service selling curated products to families on a monthly basis. The company sources and reviews every product it recommends, while also encouraging parents to share information on their favorite product discoveries... READ MORE
DraftKings Acquires DraftStreet
DraftKings, Inc., a leading provider of online and mobile daily fantasy sports, today announced it has acquired New York-based fantasy sports site DraftStreet. The deal combines the two largest US-based daily fantasy sports providers, immediately expanding DraftKings’ customer base by more than 50 percent, while providing the industry’s broadest range of daily fantasy sports offerings. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Nearly 37 million people in the United States and Canada—nearly 1 in 8 adults and 1 in 5 males—play fantasy sports. Daily fantasy sports are a burgeoning component of this multi-billion dollar market. READ MORE
Canary Joins GoDaddy
It is with great pleasure that we announce that the Canary calendar team has joined GoDaddy! Before we move on, we'd like to address what this change means for our existing Canary users.
To current users of Canary, thanks for your support and amazing feedback! Thanks to our latest update, Canary will continue to work as a standalone app on your iPhone, and you should have no problems with it unless there is a major change to one of the underlying services. We will make sure that Canary remains available on the App Store until we're confident all of our existing users have had a chance to upgrade. READ MORE
EMC Acquires TwinStrata
It is with great pleasure that I share with you that EMC has acquired TwinStrata. Since the initial development of CloudArray, the TwinStrata team has been committed to helping our customers maximize their resources by changing the economics, scale and agility of their storage environments. Over the years, I’ve been honored to hear that for hundreds of organizations, our cloud-integrated storage approach has done just that...READ MORE
Gartner Acquires Senexx
Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT), the leading provider of research and analysis on the global information technology industry, today announced that it has acquired Senexx, a cloud-based questions and answers platform that identifies and manages expertise within organizations.
Gartner will leverage Senexx’s proven expertise to significantly enhance its web search capability and augment its content recommendation engine and proprietary social platforms. This will further strengthen the overall value Gartner provides to its clients worldwide and is consistent with the Company’s strategy to continuously improve the quality of its products and the service it delivers. READ MORE
TalkTo Acquired by Path
Path and TalkTo share a vision for the future of messaging as a hub for communicating with all the people, places and things in your life.
We’re joining forces to create the first unified messaging app! READ MORE
RapidMiner has Acquired Radoop
As reported by TechCrunch, RapidMiner has acquired Radoop. RapidMiner is a big data, analytics platform company based in Cambridge, MA... READ MORE
CloudLock Acquires Innovode Ltd
CloudLock, the leading cloud information security provider, today announced it has acquired the intellectual property of Innovode Ltd and hired the key team members of the Bristol, UK company behind Innovode Armor, an integrated encryption solution for Google Drive.
Similar to CloudLock, Innovode has focused on solving critical security challenges for organizations, deploying public cloud applications. The Innovode team, led by co-founders Howard Snart and Peter Spellward, has years of experience in the field of data loss prevention (DLP) and compliance. Howard and Peter pioneered market-leading products for Orchestria and CA prior to founding Innovode. CloudLock will absorb Innovode’s technology into its current offerings to further accelerate CloudLock’s product innovation and inject additional core expertise that will benefit CloudLock’s customers.
Pegasystems Acquires Firefly
Pegasystems Inc., the software company powering the digital enterprise with Better Business Software®, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Profeatable Corporation, the provider of Firefly co-browsing technology, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The transaction is expected to close early in the third quarter. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Pegasystems will unify Firefly’s cloud-based collaboration technology into its Build for Change® platform and customer service and sales applications. This will enable organizations to enhance customer experience and increase employee productivity through collaboration. Firefly will also continue to be offered as a stand-alone solution. Firefly’s technology enables users to securely share content by simultaneously browsing web pages. It empowers agents to proactively engage customers when and where they need it most, improving customer satisfaction, and driving adoption of self-service tools to increase revenue. It also increases productivity, enabling employees to more easily collaborate on work, regardless of location. READ MORE
Acquia Acquiring TruCentric
Acquia, the digital business company, today strengthens its offerings for big data marketing and commerce, signing a definitive agreement to acquire Toronto-based TruCentric and its SaaS solution for real-time customer profiling and user engagement. TruCentric uses situational and historical data to drive deeper understanding of site visitors and provides insight in a way that marketers can make use of it.
"Today, everyone expects a personalized, relevant, and engaging experience, but the vast majority of visitors are typically anonymous, and therefore difficult to engage. Being a digital-first business requires a commitment to harnessing data from all prospects to make better decisions faster," said Dries Buytaert, CTO and co-founder, Acquia. "Acquia is acquiring TruCentric to help organizations get a handle on their critical customer data, quickly analyze it, and capitalize on it by delivering more engaging experiences from the very first visit to a site." READ MORE
SAP to Acquire SeeWhy
SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced plans to acquire SeeWhy, the market-leading provider of cloud-based behavioral target marketing solutions to help businesses increase customer engagement and drive revenues. The addition of SeeWhy complements the commerce platform of hybris, an SAP company, with 1-to-1 personalized marketing based on real-time customer behavior that converts customer interactions into sales. The addition of SeeWhy will enhance the real-time customer engagement and commerce platform from hybris and across multiple SAP products by optimizing the customer experience and increases sales across an ever-growing number of delivery channels and touch points.
The growth of online and omni-channel commerce requires businesses across industries to transition to automated personalized marketing and experiences. Businesses are focusing on solutions that convert more traffic into purchases, and nurture customers across channels and devices, while marketers are shifting from one-size-fits-all marketing. READ MORE
Jack Morton Acquires Genuine Interactive
Jack Morton Worldwide, one of the world’s largest and most respected brand experience agencies, celebrating 75 years in business, is acquiring Genuine Interactive, a leading digital, mobile and social firm in Boston, thereby giving it unmatched capabilities to seamlessly connect clients with consumers.
“We’re building the agency for now and fulfilling our clients’ need for experiences that reach people at every touchpoint,” Josh McCall, Jack Morton’s Chairman & CEO, commented. “Adding digital, social and mobile to live brand experiences isn’t an option anymore; it’s required and expected. Although we’ve been on this path for quite a while, we need to continue to evolve and grow digital, social and mobile on a larger scale. Genuine Interactive is the perfect partner to help us expand this vision of a digitally enabled brand experience agency, and allows us to create a powerhouse of two incredibly talented and creative teams.” READ MORE
TripAdvisor Signs Exclusive Offer To Acquire lafourchette
TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) today announced it has made an exclusive offer to acquire lafourchette, an online restaurant booking platform with a network of more than 12,000 restaurant partners across Europe.
lafourchette is the leading online and mobile reservation platform for restaurants in France, Spain and Switzerland. The company also offers management software solutions helping restaurants to maximize online business by providing an effective and flexible booking, discount and data tool. Based in Paris, lafourchette operates the 'eltenedor' brand in Spanish and 'thefork' brand in English. READ MORE
Extreme Reach Acquires BrandAds
Extreme Reach, Inc., the leading video platform for integrated TV, digital and mobile video advertising, announced today that it has completed its acquisition of BrandAds, a video ad intelligence company based in Emeryville, Calif. This acquisition provides Extreme Reach advertising clients with an advanced, real-time video ad measurement solution with fraud detection, audience measurement, brand safety, effectiveness research and social monitoring all in one platform... READ MORE
LogMeIn Acquires Ionia Corporation
LogMeIn, Inc. (Nasdaq:LOGM) announced it has acquired Ionia Corporation, a system integrator specializing in connected solutions. The move is part of a larger strategy to accelerate LogMeIn's IoT opportunity by helping early customers of its Xively Cloud Services platform quickly go to market with their connected offerings.
Prior to the acquisition, Ionia IoT consultants delivered more than 300 cloud business solutions. A Salesforce.com silver partner and Heroku platinum partner, Ionia was ranked number one by Salesforce.com customers in the manufacturing and health/life sciences markets, and won the 2013 Salesforce Partner Innovation Award for Mobile. LogMeIn's Xively IoT Platform-as-a-Service, which was introduced in 2013, has earned top awards by GSMA Mobile World Congress, ARM and CTIA for helping companies optimize internal operations and build connected products for sale.
Stackdriver Acquired by Google
We are very excited to announce that Stackdriver is joining Google! We are grateful for the incredible team, amazing customers, and dedicated investors, and we thank you all for your support.
We started Stackdriver in 2012 to make operations easier by giving people better visibility into their cloud-powered applications. We believed then, as we do now, that data visualization and analytics are powerful tools to make monitoring more useful. READ MORE
ANSYS acquires SpaceClaim
Since the inception of SpaceClaim, our focus has been on providing engineers with powerful tools that make their jobs easier. We developed the first truly intuitive 3D modeling solution that puts the power of geometry creation and manipulation into the hands of any engineer who needs it. Since then, we’ve continued to expand our capabilities into new areas such as sheet metal and 3D printing. Every step of the way, we have committed ourselves to listening to our customers and delivering innovative, high quality products.
Earlier today, it was announced that SpaceClaim Corporation has been acquired by ANSYS. ANSYS is the world’s leading provider of engineering simulation software and has been helping engineers and manufacturers predict the behavior and performance of their innovations for over 40 years... READ MORE
TripAdvisor Acquires Vacation Home Rentals
TripAdvisor, Inc. TRIP +0.77% , today announced it has acquired Vacation Home Rentals, a Massachusetts-based vacation rentals website. Vacation Home Rentals features more than 14,000 properties around the world.
"We're thrilled to welcome Vacation Home Rentals to the TripAdvisor family," commented Dermot Halpin, president, TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals. "The team delivers a great experience for both homeowners and travelers and the inventory is a valuable addition to our fast-growing business." READ MORE
DataXu Acquires JasperLabs
Today, JasperLabs, the dynamic creative optimization (DCO) company I founded three years ago, was acquired by DataXu. Before I had even met the DataXu team, I used to reference a nice DataXu study in which it’s shown that creative is one of the most significant drivers of campaign performance. So as you can imagine, I’m extremely excited to have JasperLabs technology become part of the DataXu programmatic marketing stack...Read More
Intralinks Acquires docTrackr
Intralinks® Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: IL), a global SaaS provider of inter-enterprise content management and collaboration solutions, today announced the acquisition of docTrackr, a leading provider of document security solutions. docTrackr’s innovative security and digital rights management (DRM) technology will be integrated into the Intralinks platform. In addition, Intralinks announced a new service that gives organizations exclusive control over their data encryption keys, further strengthening security and data privacy by ensuring that only the key holders can access files in a readable format... READ MORE