You will find our latest report on m&a trends values and deals in the four segments of the Enterprise Data and Analytics sector that we follow and sometimes lead, here.
As you will see from our report, values in all four sectors remain strong, albeit slightly off of their 2016 highs as growth rates have moderated a bit. A recent report by IDC predicted that in 2017, the “big data and business analytics” market will grow at a rate of about 11% over 2016 and continue growing at or above that level through 2020.
Analysis of “unstructured data” continues to be the holy grail sought by many. It makes sense since something like 90% of the data that businesses would like to consume does not fit neatly into relational databases – including video, social media, RSS documents, etc. There are literally scores of firms working on solving this complex problem – applying artificial intelligence, machine learning, data visualization, and other tools that did not exist a few years ago.
As the cost of computing power and storage capacity continues to plummet, and the power and very nature of these tools increases, breakthroughs happen almost daily. We love the idea of “imbedded BI analytics”, “behavior analytics” and “prescriptive analytics”. (More on this latter phenomenon as it applies to the healthcare world in our recent Healthcare IT newsletter here.) It’s an exciting time to watch this world.
Some of the more interesting m&a transactions in this space are described in our report, found here. A few of them include:
- Axway (Euronext:AXW.PA) agreed to acquire Syncplicity in an all-cash deal from Skyview Capital,
- Elsevier, a subsidiary of RELX (LSE:REL), acquired Plum Analytics from EBSCO Information Services for an undisclosed sum,
- comScore (OTCPK: SCOR) acquired Compete Media Reporting for $29mm in cash. The transaction occurred in April 2016 but was not reported until late February 2017,
- CrediFi (New York, NY) raised $13mm in Series B funding led by Liberty Israel Venture Fund and included participation from other new and existing investors,
- Moody’s (NYSE:MCO) acquired the structured finance data and analytics business of SCDM for an undisclosed sum.
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