Business Strategy for Software Executives
November 12 , 2007
The Trouble with Software M&A
Software companies continue to rely on M&A to create shareholder value. Time will tell how long customers will continue to support that strategy.
By Vinnie Mirchandani, Deal Architect
I’ll be at Oracle OpenWorld this week. Undoubtedly, much of the conversation will surround Oracle’s numerous acquisitions and how the “Fusion” of these products will be a great thing for customers.
But will it? What if software vendors took into account customer perspective before they entered into an M&A deal? A long shot, sure, but a day that may come in the future.
By no means is Oracle the only offender. But Oracle has long been the poster child for trying to achieve growth and drive shareholder value through M&A.
Oracle’s recent failed bid to buy BEA brings to light many of the issues surrounding vendor consolidation. M&A is simply not the only way to create tech shareholder value and in the long term, customer demands may force vendors to rethink their acquisition strategies.
Turning Opportunity into Cash
Top-line revenue growth is the biggest challenge for many software companies. Mark Gaeto of the Alesco Group outlines six steps executives can take to meet their growth objectives in today’s hypercompetitive markets. Read how in this week’s post to the SandHill.com Blog on Software Growth Strategies.
The End of Certification Problems
Red Hat recently announced a product for application vendors to use as the basis for virtual appliances which will maintain “certification.” Read why Billy Marshall of rPath says the days of vendor “certified” products are numbered in this week’s post to the SandHill.com Blog on virtualization.
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DON’T MISS: Cracking the Complexity Code
There are two types of complexity. Understanding where to intervene is the key to managing them to create value. Find out the three things that companies must get right in order to realize how to make the most of this Web 2.0 content in this article from The McKinsey Quarterly.
News Update: Mobile Maneuvers
Dream comes true, goodbyes get grabbed, SaaS gets hotter, green gets rosier and Microsoft’s CIO gets the boot. Read these stories and more software news of the week in the latest SandHill.com Software News Summary.
Poll: Buyer’s Input on M&A?
Should customers have a formal say in software M&A deals?
Last week, readers gave their opinions as to whether the U.S. economy would slip into recession in 2008.
More at SandHill.com:
Under pressure, ERP giants struggle to innovate.
Zilliant receives $4 million.
Symantec pays $350 million for Vontu.
Intuit named Neil Williams as CFO and SVP.
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