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IBM Acquires Silverpop

At its annual Smarter Commerce Global Summit event, IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced it has completed the acquisition of Silverpop, a privately held software company based in Atlanta, Ga.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Silverpop empowers marketers with cloud-based capabilities that deliver personalized customer engagements that scale for any sized business.  Silverpop’s automated platform reduces the complexity of omnichannel marketing and makes it ... Read More »

Google Acquires Analytics Firm Adometry

Marketing analytics firm Adometry, which helps advertisers gauge how their online ads are performing, has been acquired by search giant Google.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Google said the acquisition will not be required to pass through the government regulatory process. CEO Paul Pellman commented in his recent post: “We couldn’t be more excited to join ... Read More »

Veda Acquires ITM Adding to its Suite of Superannuation Focussed Solutions

Veda announced the acquisition of ITM … The Data Specialist (ITM), the business responsible for setting the standard of data audits within the superannuation industry.  The acquisition provides Veda’s superannuation customers with access to ITM’s data audit capabilities, and the specialised data interrogation tool DataSapient. In turn, ITM customers will benefit by not only being able to identify data integrity issues, but ... Read More »

Alibaba Buys Stake in Online Video Site Youku Tudou for $1.22bn

Alibaba Group is expanding its online entertainment presence by investing $1.2 billion with a partner in video website Youku Tudou.  Alibaba will gain a 16.5 percent stake in the company and its partner Yunfeng Capital will get 2 percent. China’s major Internet companies have invested billions of dollars over the past year to expand beyond their core businesses by creating ... Read More »

IPREO to Be Acquired by Blackstone and Goldman Sachs

Ipreo Holdings LLC (“Ipreo”), a leading global provider of market intelligence and workflow solutions to capital markets and corporate professionals, announced the signing of a definitive agreement to be acquired by private equity funds managed by Blackstone (NYSE:BX) and by the Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division (“Goldman Sachs”) (together, the “Sponsors”). The Sponsors are acquiring the business from affiliates of ... Read More »

Intapp Acquires The Frayman Group

Intapp, Inc. announced the acquisition of The Frayman Group (TFG), a company offering risk management software for law firms.  With this move, Intapp further extends its position as the leading provider of risk management software for the legal industry, offering broadly adopted products that streamline new business intake, conflicts management, information security and professional compliance. TFG – An Intapp Company:  ... Read More »

Alibaba to Acquire AutoNavi

Reuters reports that Chinese digital mapping and navigation firm AutoNavi Holdings Ltd (AutoNavi Holdings Ltd (ADR) agreed to be acquired by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd in a deal valuing the company at about $1.5 billion. AutoNavi said the company’s shareholders will receive $5.25 per ordinary share, or $21 per American Depositary Share. The offer represents a premium of 4.7 percent to ... Read More »

Thomson Reuters Acquires Brazil’s Domínio Sistemas

Corporate solutions provider Thomson Reuters announced it has acquired Brazil’s Domínio Sistemas, a company focused on developing accounting solutions. With the acquisition, Thomson Reuters expects to complement its products portfolio while expanding its presence in the local software market for large and small accounting firms. Having localized expertise in this segment is significant, given Brazil’s intricate tax and accounting rules. Santa Catarina-based Domínio ... Read More »

Pico Quantiative Trading Holdings LLC Acquires SpryWare

SpryWare LLC, a premier provider of real-time market data solutions for securities traders has been acquired by Pico Quantitative Trading Holdings LLC, whose businesses include a financial technologies services firm and an agency broker dealer. SpryWare, based in Chicago, IL, offers fully managed direct market data access and real-time ticker plant technology designed for low latency real-time access to data from ... Read More »

Intel Acquires Stake in Big Data Startup Cloudera

Intel Corp said it made a significant investment in Cloudera and will make the fast-growing startup its preferred distributor of software for crunching Big Data.  The top chipmaker said its equity investment in Cloudera makes it the company’s single largest strategic shareholder and it comes as Intel looks to expand its server business to make up for falling sales of ... Read More »

Morningstar Acquires ByAllAccounts Inc.

Morningstar, Inc. (NASDAQ: MORN) has acquired ByAllAccounts, Inc., a provider of innovative data aggregation technology, for financial applications for $28 million, subject to working capital adjustments. ByAllAccounts uses a knowledge-based process, including patented artificial intelligence technology, to collect, consolidate, and enrich financial account data and deliver it to virtually any platform.  The company has built a network of more than ... Read More »

Arvato Financial Solutions Acquires Afterpay

Arvato Financial Solutions Acquires Dutch Payment Service Provider AfterpayArvato Financial Solutions is taking over the Dutch payment services provider “AfterPay.”  The company, which the Arvato subsidiary has cooperated with for the past two years, is a provider of “pay after delivery” payment solutions for online retailers.  Payment after delivery, for example by open invoice, is a preferred payment method for ... Read More »

Reed Exhibitions Acquires Mexico-based Beauty, Lighting Shows

Notwithstanding the expanding role of networking through the Internet and e-commerce there appears to be a great interest in trade shows:  Reed Exhibitions has scooped up two shows in Mexico – Expo Beauty Show and Expo Lighting America Show – expanding its portfolio in the country even more. The combined events attract more than 300 exhibitors and 70,000 attendees each ... Read More »

BISNODE Acquires Grufman Reje and Vendemore

BIIA member Bisnode has acquired the Swedish consulting company Grufman Reje and the remaining shares of the co-owned marketing and advertising company Vendemore.  The acquisitions are the latest of a series of Nordic acquisitions.  Earlier this year Bisnode acquired Debitor Registret, one of the two largest players in credit information and credit assessment of consumers in Denmark and the remaining ... Read More »

Fitch Group Acquires Business Monitor International

Fitch Group today announced it has acquired Business Monitor International (BMI), an independent provider of country risk and industry analysis specializing in emerging and frontier markets. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The addition of BMI strengthens and expands Fitch Group’s client offering in financial information services. Subscribers to BMI’s products include decision makers at multinationals, governments, academia, financial institutions, ... Read More »

Market Research Indonesia: Primera Acquired by GFK

Gfk Integrates Pt Primera Indonesia into its Existing Business to Strengthen Position in Southeast Asia Region The deal with the Indonesian market research agency will expand GfK’s Consumer Experience research offering into this fast-growing key market. PT Primera Indonesia, a full service market research agency, and GfK have announced today that PT Primera Indonesia will merge into GfK’s existing business ... Read More »