There Is Sunny Future for Cloud M&A’s
So what are the affects of this trend?
Acquisitions and mergers in the tech industry are nothing new.
But according to Ernst and Young, such transactions involving cloud computing are dominating the field, with new mergers occurring almost daily.
The accounting firm’s 2012 Q4 report calls this phenomenon a “mega trend” in the technology sector.
Software and Internet companies made up 57 percent of all merger and acquisition deals in 2012, according to Forbes.
Just who are these merging firms and why is this trend important?
Click the read more button to discover more recent M&As as well as the affects of the high volume of M&As…read more
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Many news and media channels are embracing and heralding the latest monthly economic report released by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics as a light at the end of the tunnel… or so it appears there is. On the surface, it has a nice shine to it. Having increased nonfarm payroll employment 236,000 jobs is something to note. But there is a number that is being ignored and, though it is almost always a small number, it has a big impact due to what it represents.read more
President Obama’s State of the Union Address proposal to raise minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $9, with annual increases for inflation, has fired up both sides of the issue with proponents arguing that all workers should earn a good living and opponents saying the increase will cost jobs. Research at Texas A&M University shows that raising the minimum wage will reduce job creation, but not affect employee turnover or layoffs.read more
The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®, which had declined in December, fell further in January.
The Index now stands at 58.6 (1985=100), down from 66.7 in December. The Expectations Index declined to 59.5 from 68.1. The Present Situation Index decreased to 57.3 from 64.6 last month. More details in our post…
PwC’s 2013 Top 10 Technology Trends for Business Report Reveals the Emerging and Disruptive Technologies that are Reshaping Strategies, Business Models, and Enterprise Investments – From pervasive computing to gamification, report highlights the 10 most significant trends that will impact companies this yearread more
The Nitty-Gritty on Mergers and Acquisitions — why M&A’s usually occur and what do the two copanies gain from a M&A? Two recent M&A’s in the HRIS industry presented an opportunity to discuss this with our audience.read more
ManpowerGroup Reveals Why Leading in the Human Age Requires New Approaches to the World of Work at World Economic Forum ManpowerGroup Publishes Paper with Recommendations for Building the Human Age Corporation in the Face of Certain Uncertainty DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN), the world leader in innovative workforce solutions and World Economic Forum (WEF) strategic partner, today shared its annual analysis of the macro-economic forces evolving the world of work. Leading in the Human Age: Why...read more
CareerBuilder’s 1st annual job forecast for the 10 largest world economies tells a tale of both confidence and caution. Brazil and India are voicing the greatest confidence with more than 67% of employers in these markets planning to add full-time, permanent headcount in 2013. Italy is the least optimistic, housing more employers who expect to decrease staff than those who expect to hire.read more
While Congress has slapped a band-aid on the ‘fiscal cliff’, much of what CCH discusses here Congress has yet to act upon. Do realize that the band-aid provided by Congress permits $1 tax reduction for every $42 tax dollars raised. Will Rogers must be rolling over in his grave with laughter. CCH Outlines Options as Congress, Taxpayers Face Fiscal Cliff CCH Offers Scenario for What Different Proposals Would Mean for a Middle-income Married Couple RIVERWOODS, Ill., Dec. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Congress returned to session on...read more
ISG Forecasts Top Americas Sourcing, Operational Trends for 2013 Sea change in sourcing dynamics underway, cloud growth to continue Key verticals face changing operational landscapes STAMFORD, Conn., Dec. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Information Services Group (ISG) (NASDAQ: III), a leading technology insights, market intelligence and advisory services company, today identified seven top trends that will define the sourcing and operational agendas of Americas CIOs and their business enterprises in 2013. “2013 is shaping up to be a year...read more
Perfectly Clear? America’s Hiring Managers Expect Modest Job Creation in 2013 NEW YORK, Dec. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Hiring professionals anticipate continued job creation in the first half of 2013 at a solid, but not stellar pace. This according to a national survey conducted by Dice Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: DHX), a leading provider of specialized websites for professional communities. 46% of hiring managers and recruiters expect additional hiring during the first half of 2013, as compared to the second half of 2012. This stands as...read more
This is a guest post by Robert Stanley, content producer We have worked with clients where only a skeleton crew worked in the office and remaining 95% were in the field and hardly, if ever, needed to make a presence in the corporate office. While not exactly focused on cloud computing, erp, hris, and/or project management, we found this article to be of interest in providing options in the industries we normally focus upon. Please let us know your thoughts in the comments – with this, or any article! Field service management software is...read more
Majority Of Business Owners See Health Insurance Premiums Rising Over The Next Year July 2012 SB Authority’s Market Sentiment Survey Results NEW YORK, July 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Newtek Business Services, NASDAQ: NEWT, The Small Business Authority, with a portfolio of over 100,000 business accounts, announced today the findings of its SB Authority Market Sentiment Survey, a monthly window into the concerns of independent business owners. Based on a poll of over 1,500 respondents, one of the key findings from the July survey...read more
Editor’s Note: Though the economy globally is not doing well, it has long been thought the IT industry was the last bastion as a safe haven. Apparently, that thought is going to be tested, especially in the United States… BOSTON, July 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – The IT Employee Confidence Index, a measure of overall confidence among U.S. technology workers, declined to 51.7 in the second quarter of 2012, after peaking last wave at 58.8—its highest level in the last 4-1/2 years. This decline mirrors other quarterly...read more
Surging Growth in Use of Vendor Management Systems (VMS) and Managed Service Providers (MSP) to Manage Contingent Labor Takes Global Spend to $100 Billion Adecco Solutions Largest MSP Provider Fieldglass Inc. Largest VMS Provider MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Staffing Industry Analysts, the leading global advisor on contingent work, today announced the results of its annual 2012 VMS (Vendor Management Systems) and MSP (Managed Service Provider) Competitive Landscape Report. Surveying 36 VMS/MSP companies, the most...read more
Eventually, it was bound to happen with the advances, demands, and changes that have been gained from the advancements and values of HRIS systems – but does that mean the HRIS system taillights are about to be seen by all in IT? HRIS has been evolving since the computer arrived to the office — and since 2000, new technologies as well as the realization of the value of a HRIS system have been increasing the awareness of the value of a HRIS department. Add to this the logarithmic rate of change in technology? Then implementations as...read more
Use the Internet to bail out a country? Possibly… Not in the short-term, but it is definitely something that could be considered. With outsourcing, cloud computing, and the great desire to move towards something more economical yet provide a means to increase efficiencies, the only thing lacking would be a measure that such an endeavor would be worthwhile. We all know the internet can be very effective tool, but we don’t have a means to measure the internet economy within a country… Until now… With the...read more
Been looking for a simple way to explain the unemployment stats, how the “good news” of the past few weeks are really misleading, and providing those that believe them to be good news much like the fool’s gold that panhandlers find when digging for gold. This synopsis is with much thanks to Frank Link, VP Client Services at First Sun Consulting, LLC – Outplacement Services. If you are not familiar with Abbot & Costello, and you love classic comedy, then you need to watch some of their clips on YouTube…...read more
If you have noticed, and in spite of the dashed expectations of economists, the tablet is still a HOT item. Amazon Fire has stunned many with its $200 pad that is giving iPad a run for its money, costing less than half the price. When taking into account the size and available apps though, iPad still reigns — but Apple has not ignored the Fire either. Given many, when traveling, will opt for their Fire and leave the iPad home has caught their attention. Watch for the release of a 7.85-inch version of the iPad late next year… The...read more
IDC’s Perspective on Visions That Could Assist Brazil David Tapper, IDC Vice President of Outsourcing provides some excellent insight into the perspectives that both the Brazilian government and Brazilian businesses need to take into account as they expand their global presence… The Leveraging IT from Within and Outside Brazil Advisory, risk management, and outsourcing thoughts for Brazil and Latin America shared by Atul Vashistha, Founder and Chairman of Neogroup… Thoughts from an Economist, Entrepreneur, and...read more
UPDATED 22-Mar-2011: The economy is making a slow, very slow rebound…. OK not a rebound, more like a very slow lethargic change of direction…. a couple of articles of note on the recent worker productivity can be found in Service Industries in U.S. Probably Maintained Accelerated Pace of Growth and U.S. Services Expand, Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Fall, both published on 3-Mar-2011 by Bloomburg.com… UPDATED 12-Sep-2011: NOT GOOD FOLKS… Bureau of Labor and Statistics (http://bls.gov) has released the...read more
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R “Ray” Wang is Principal Analyst and CEO at Constellation Research Group provided an excellent article called named “Coming to Terms with the Consumerization of IT” on the Harvard Business Review blog on the reality many companies need to face as their employees consumerize the services of IT…. The rate of change in technology is behind much of what is happening today — before technology started changing so rapidly, cultures and society had time to adapt and ‘catch up’ — now it is a matter of identifying...read more
UPDATE: This bill faded off into the sunset… It was introduced on 1-April-2009 and reported by committee on 10-March-2010, BUT never became law. This bill was proposed in a previous session of Congress. Sessions of Congress last two years, and at the end of each session all proposed bills and resolutions that haven’t passed are cleared from the books. Members often reintroduce bills that did not come up for debate under a new number in the next session. he last action on this bill was on 22-Dec-2010 by Senator Rockefeller...read more