Fudge Sunday - Come Together
This week we take a look at mergers and acquisitions with FinOps in mind.
The Beatles - Come Together (1969)
Each year I spent with what is now known as Dell Technologies involved an anniversary blog post. Looking back, I had many email addresses due to the nature of starting at a joint venture funded by VMware, Cisco, EMC, and Intel (seed).
Acadia formed then became VCE which joined EMC Federation that merged with Dell to become Dell EMC and is known as Dell Technologies. So, while I wasn’t in IT, my email address progression was something like…
2011-2015: acadia.com, vce.com, vmware.com, cisco.com, emc.com
2015-2016: acadia.com, vce.com, vmware.com, cisco.com, emc.com, dell.com
2016-2020: acadia.com, vce.com, vmware.com, emc.com, dell.com
Listed below are a few companies known for their M&A activity ordered (roughly) by numbers available in public information sources.
Cisco has made 200+ acquisitions.
In fact, Cisco’s 200th acquisition was in 2017.
And the latest one is FinOps related – Opsani.
Microsoft has made 200+ acquisitions.
IBM has made 200+ acquisitions.
Oracle has made 100+ acquisitions.
Apple has made 100+ acquisitions.
Dell experienced multiple concurrent nested mergers and acquisitions. When merged with Dell in 2016, EMC Federation had previously completed 70+ acquisitions including VMware (see below).
VMware has made 50+ acquisitions.
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Countries that feed the M&A engine...
Have you wondered where founders of unicorns are born? Good news. Stanford’s Ilya A. Strebulaev has published some findings.
If the M&A hunger continues (and it will), the FinOps Landscape infographic will be evolving too.
And finally... Shot and Chaser
Google TiSP (BETA) is a fully functional, end-to-end system that provides in-home wireless access […] via fiber-optic cable strung through your local municipal sewage lines.
Chaser: 5G has entered the chat (2022)
New proposals to accelerate the rollout of broadband without digging up roads could see fibre-optic cables deployed through […] water mains […]
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