Archive for May, 2010

IBM will spend about $1.4 billion in cash acquiring AT&T subsidiary Sterling Commerce, which specializes in business-to-business (B2B) commerce solutions and data integration software, the two companies announced today.

"Businesses today are operating in a highly competitive global environment in which lines between actions taking place within and outside an organization’s four walls are blurring," said Craig Hayman, general manager, WebSphere, IBM. "This acquisition will give IBM new tools to help clients build dynamic business networks that connect partners, suppliers and clients and deliver a consistent customer experience across channels. In addition, the fact that much of this can be done in the cloud will make it compelling to large numbers of our customers."

IBM said it plans to integrate about 2,500 Sterling Commerce employees into the WebSphere organization within IBM’s Software Group. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2010, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

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Enterprise software vendor Novell has made it clear that its willing to accept bids from potential buyers, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Novell already turned down a takeover bid in March that would have valued the company at $2 billion. At the time, Elliott Associates offered $5.75 per share, but after reviewing the offer, Novell’s board came to the conclusion that the amount was "inadequate."

Despite Novell making itself available, it’s not a foregone conclusion that the company will be sold. Novell also said it would review its options, which could include a stock repurchase program or a joint venture.

Oracle, which recently spent $7.4 billion acquiring Sun Micrososystems, announced on Thursday that it has agreed to scoop up Secerno, a provider of database firewall solutions for both Oracle and non-Oracle databases.

"The Secerno acquisition is in direct response to increasing customer challenges around mitigating database security risk," said Andrew Mendelsohn, senior vice president, Oracle Database Server Technologies. "Secerno’s database firewall product acts as a first line of defense against external threats and unauthorized internal access with a protective perimeter around Oracle and non-Oracle databases. Together, Oracle’s complete set of database security solutions and Secerno’s technology will provide customers with the ability to safeguard their critical business information."

Secerno makes a bunch of hardware and software products called DataWall, which help block unauthorized activity in real-time. Oracle said it will use Secerno’s products to augment its portfolio of database solutions, including Oracle Advanced Security, Oracle Database Vault, and Oracle Audit Vault.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

There have been instances of small bars and restaurants giving discounts to the Foursquare user with the most visits to the establishments (called the Mayor in Foursquare jargon). This, however, is the first real example of a national business offering discounts on such a scale. Starting now, and running through June 28th, the mayor of any particular Starbucks location will get a $1 discount on a Frappucino there.

Starbucks seems to have embraced the social game where users check-in as they go about their business, racking up points and getting badges for completing achievements. The coffee chain previously created a "Barista badge" for Foursquare users. This promotion isn’t interesting because it’s such a great deal, but because it shows companies are beginning to see the advantages these social games can have in marketing.

Are you a Foursquare user? If so, what sort of product tie-ins do you think would work?


We’ve covered hosted services such as network-based unified communications and we’ve covered enterprise mobility as part of convergence — today Verizon Business gives us the chance to cover both categories with its delivery of cloud-based "Enterprise Mobility as a Service."

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