BOOTH’S Bulletpoint Bulletin

International deals

• Accenture has been on the acquisition trail again. It has acquired: DAZ Systems, a provider of Oracle ERP cloud services; Intrigo Systems, a provider of advisory and systems integration services for SAP enterprise and cloud solutions; Kaplan, a Stockholm-based provider of data-driven CRM services; Kolle Rebbe, a German creative digital agency; New Content, a Brazilian content marketing agency; and, TargetST8 Consulting, a financial services consulting firm specialising in corporate and commercial lending. Accenture also invested in Quantexa, a data analytics firm that provides technology solutions to uncover new intelligence.

• Apple bought the power-management technology part of Dialog Semiconductor’s business for $600 million; Spektral, a Danish visual effects startup, for more than $30 million; Asaii, a music analytics startup; and, Silk Labs, an AI startup focused on personal assistant technology for smartphones and smart home devices.

• Autodesk bought PlanGrid, a construction productivity software company, for $875 million.

• BlackBerry purchased Cylance, an AI and cyber security company, for $1.4 billion.

• Citrix bought Sapho, a startup with an intelligent portal for engaging employees, for $200 million; and uK-based Ensoft, a networking software company.

• Capgemini acquired June 21, a consulting firm specialising in digital marketing. • DXC Technology bought TESM and BusinessNow, two ServiceNow partners; and argodesign, a design studio and consultancy.

• Fortinet bought ZoneFox, a threat analytics startup. • Hewlett Packard Enterprise acquired BlueData, a provider of software that transforms how enterprises deploy artificial intelligence and big data analytics.

IBM acquired open source software and services company Red Hat for $34 billion.

Infineon Technologies purchased Siltectra, a German startup that has developed an innovative technology to process crystal material efficiently and with minimal loss of material.

• Juniper Networks bought HTBASE, which has developed a disruptive platform for software-defined enterprise multi-cloud.

• Kaseya has purchased Spanning Cloud Apps, a specialist in Softwareas-a-Service-based backup and recovery. • Private equity firm KKR has bought MYOB, an accounting software company, for $2.6 billion.

•Kofax acquired acquired Nuance Document Imaging, a division of Nuance Communications.

• Microsoft bought FSLogix in a move designed to extend Office 365 virtualisation capabilities; and XOXCO, a company that builds bots and conversational tools; it also invested in Singapore-based ride-hailing company Grab.

• MongoDB acquired mLab, a uS-based cloud database service.

• NTT Data Services acquired Canada-based Sierra Systems, a provider of a full range of IT consulting, systems integration and application managed services; and also bought a 55.35% stake in Atom Technologies, a payment services provider.

• Opera invested in StarMaker, a fast-growing social media company.

• Oracle purchased Talari Networks, a provider of SD-WAN technology.

• Palo Alto Networks bought Redlock, a cloud security startup, for $173 million.

• Red Hat acquired NooBaa, an early-stage company developing software for managing data storage services across hybrid and multicloud environments.

• Samsung Electronics bought Zhilabs, an AI-based network and service analytics company, to enhance the former’s 5G capabilities.

• SAP bought Qualtrics, an analytics startup, for $8 billion.

SAP bought Contextor SAS, a company specialising in the design and integration of robotic process automation.

• SoftBank’s AI business DeepCore made a $29.5 million investment in startup; it also made a $500 million investment in ridehailing firm Grab.

• Software AG purchased, a uS-based integration Platform-asa-Service company.

• Symantec purchased Appthority, which offers comprehensive mobile application security analysis; and Javelin Networks, a company that offers software to defend enterprises against Active Directory-based attacks.

• Talend acquired Stitch, a player in the self-service data integration market.

• Private equity firm Thoma Bravo bought Veracode, provider of nextgeneration application security testing, for $950 million; Imperva, a cyber security specialist, for $2.1 billion; and purchased a majority stake in Apttus, a provider of a middle office platform that allows enterprises to automate and optimise revenue and CRM processes.

• Twilio bought SendGrid, an email technology firm, for $2 billion, and Ytica, a long-time partner that provides highly customisable contact centre reporting, speech analytics and workforce optimisation.

• VMware purchased Heptio, a leader in the Kubernetes ecosystem.

• Western Digital Capital, the strategic investment fund of Western Digital, invested in Kaminario, a leading cloud storage software company.

• Zendesk purchased FutureSimple, the company behind Base, which is known for building modern, easy-to-use sales force automation software.

International developments

• Alibaba plans to set up a new semiconductor company to focus on customised AI chips and embedded processors to support its growing cloud and IoT businesses.

• Apple persuaded a Federal Appeals Court to throw out a $234 million damages award in favour of the University of Wisconsin’s patent licensing arm for infringing the school’s patent on computer processing technology.

• Semiconductor giants ARM and Intel have agreed on a strategic partnership to work together to manage networks of connected devices from both firms, clearing a major stumbling block to market growth of IoT.

• Hong Kong-based fund manager Baring Private Equity Asia made a $450 million investment in Japan-based Pioneer.

• Cloudera and Hortonworks have entered into a definitive agreement under which the companies will combine in an all-stock merger of equals.

• GE has significantly reduced its stake in Dell-backed Pivotal Software.

• Lenovo and NetApp formed a strategic partnership focused on highperformance computing and flash storage solutions.

• A US federal judge has ruled Qualcomm must license some of its technology to competitors such as Intel.

• Samsung Electronics plans to invest $22 billion in AI technology by 2020. •

• The US government, under President Donald Trump’s administration, has acted to cut off Chinese state-backed chipmaker, Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit Co, from uS suppliers amid allegations the firm stole intellectual property from uS semiconductor company Micron Technology. The uS has also reached out to foreign allies, trying to persuade telcos in these countries to avoid equipment from China’s Huawei.

Local deals

• In a deal worth R80 million, Adapt IT Holdings acquired Conor Solutions, which provides turnkey solutions to mobile operators, financial institutions, enterprises and SMEs in Africa and South America.

• Connection Telecom, a South African public cloud communication solutions provider, acquired 51% of Analog and Digital Communications, an independent provider of private branch exchange and contact centre voice solutions.

• UK-based Enterprise Outsourcing, a provider of IT solutions and managed online services, bought PwC SA’s technology solutions division of its Managed IT Services business.

• MTN Group acquired music-streaming provider Simfy. • Partner Tech Corporation, a subsidiary of the Qisda Group, acquired local distributor Corex.

• Silversoft, a provider of enterprise software and information solutions for project-based and professional services firms, purchased Magnetic, an agency management software firm based in Cape Town.

Local developments

• Altron and Huawei Technologies announced a global Internet of Things partnership to deliver solutions for businesses in SA and the rest of Africa.

•Amazon Web Services plans to open an infrastructure region in SA in the first half of 2020.

• Broadband Infraco has partnered with Angola Cables to facilitate internet connectivity within South Africa and the rest of the continent.

• Arcserve, a data backup and availability company, has opened a branch in Johannesburg to serve the Southern Africa region.

• Private equity firm Conexus Capital Growth Fund made a R27 million investment in AltX-listed digital solutions company, Etion.

The Department of Telecommunications and Postal services and Department of Communications will merge into one unified ministry under the leadership of minister stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.

• Private equity firm Ethos is looking to raise R1 billion to invest in South African companies involved in artificial intelligence.

• JUMO, a South Africa-based fintech firm, plans to expand in highgrowth Asian markets after securing the backing of Goldman Sachs in an equity funding round.

• Naspers has introduced Naspers Foundry, a R1.4 billion initiative established to boost SA’s technology sector.

• T-Systems South Africa is walking away from a R1.5 billion contract with Transnet, and is dropping an ongoing legal battle, allowing Gijima Holdings to be awarded the contract.

African deals

• South African-based private equity firm Harith General Partners is buying into a fibre-optic cable network in Malawi as it invests more than $1 billion in infrastructure on the continent.

• Liquid Telecom has taken sole control of its Zambian subsidiary CEC Liquid Telecom.

• Seacom acquires national open access fibre provider FibreCo.

• Nigerian-based Teleology Holdings acquired Uganda Telecoms for $71 million.

• Terragon, one of the biggest data and marketing technology firms in Africa, bought Singapore-based mobile technology firm Bizense.

African developments

•Mara announced the production of the Maraphone, the first madein-Africa, full-scale smartphone, soon to be manufactured in SA and Rwanda.

• Net1 UEPS Technologies and QR-code payments specialist Zapper will launch a new company, called ZappGroup Africa, to white-label and expand Zapper’s technology across Africa.

• Six global investors, including SoftBank, Warburg Pincus and Temasek Holdings, have made a $1.25 billion investment in Airtel Africa, a subsidiary of India’s Bharti Airtel.

• Egypt’s first smartphone maker, Silicon Industries Corporation (SICO), which already exports to the Gulf, aims to start selling phones in Kenya, Morocco, the Democratic Republic of Congo, SA, Nigeria, Mozambique and Ghana.

•A new subsea cable linking the remote African islands of São Tomé and Príncipe with Equatorial Guinea has been launched.

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