Citrix collaborates with Google Cloud to help customers accelerate and embrace hybrid work

Key Signals in Enterprise Software

Executive Movement
Arcserve appoints Brannon Lacey as CEO 
– The appointment comes as Arcserve is poised to rapidly expand on its global top 5 data protection vendor position following the merger with StorageCraft in March of this year. Read More>>
Bob Calderoni takes over as interim president and CEO at Citrix
Bob comes with more than 30 years of executive experience in the technology sector, including seven years as a director of Citrix. Read More>>
DigitalOcean names Gabe Monroy as Chief Product Officer
In this role, Monroy will oversee DigitalOcean’s product management organization and own the company’s product vision that will drive growth and innovation and enhance the customer experience. Read More>>
IBM brings on a new Australian marketing head as Sangster departs
The company has confirmed Priscilla Kim as the new marketing leader for IBM Australia following the departure of CMO Jodie Sangster. Read More>>
Riskonnect appoints Kathryn Carlson to lead product strategy and vision
Carlson will lead Riskonnect’s growing product team, set strategy, and ensure the provider’s IRM technology drives business impact for customers. Read More>>
Nutanix announces new CTO for Europe, Middle East, and Africa
The company announced the promotion of Dr. Markus Pleier to Field CTO Europe, Middle East, and Africa in response to strong growth across these areas. In his new role, Pleier will provide additional focus on Nutanix’s top-tier customers and partners, to form CXO relationships and gather technical feedback to better align Nutanix’s R&D and product strategy with its customers’ needs. Read More>>
Acxiom partners with Adobe to deliver personalized content-based customer experiences
This new partnership will allow brands to accurately identify and ethically connect with people anytime, anywhere to create relevant experiences by leveraging Acxiom’s more than 50 years of expertise in privacy-compliant data and identity management. Read More>>
Apptio and IBM collaborate to help enterprises realise the value of hybrid cloud
The collaboration between Apptio and IBM aims to help clients improve hybrid cloud technology decision-making and drive the adoption of Red Hat OpenShift and IBM’s open hybrid cloud approach. Read More>>
Spotify now powers Delta Air Lines’ seatback music
The partnership brings eight curated playlists to the Delta in-flight entertainment system at launch, including Mood Booster, Are & Be, Hot Country, Mint, Today’s Top Hits, Relax & Unwind, RapCaviar, and Ultimate Indie. Passengers also will have access to more than 40 select podcast series that have been curated by Spotify and Delta. Read More>>
Citrix collaborates with Google Cloud to help customers accelerate and embrace hybrid work
As part of this collaboration, Citrix will be launching a new Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) offering on Google Cloud. The service will leverage Citrix’s management plan and HDX protocol to enable seamless delivery of virtualized applications and desktops on Google Cloud. Read More>>
Google Cloud and Cybereason team up to fight cyberattacks
 This partnership will help customers quickly secure their hybrid and cloud environments with the combined capabilities of Google Cloud and Cybereason’s XDR services. Read More>>
Shopify partners with Microsoft, Oracle, Infor to launch a global ERP program
With the new partnership, ERP providers such as Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, Oracle NetSuite, Infor, Acumatica, and Brightpearl will be able to build direct integrations into the Shopify app store. Read More>>

Mergers and Acquisition 
IBM acquires leading Adobe Workfront Consultancy
Building on IBM’s strategic partnership with Adobe, the consultancy specializes in work management software consulting for enterprise clients. With this acquisition, IBM expands its rich Adobe service offering to meet the rising client demand for experience-led business transformation backed by intelligent workflows. Read More>>
Emerson Electric to merge industrial software businesses with Aspen Technology
After the deal’s expected close in the second quarter of 2022, the new entity would retain AspenTech’s name and would be led by its current chief executive officer, Antonio Pietri. Read More>>
Accenture to acquire AI analytics company BRIDGEi2i
The acquisition will add more than 800 deeply skilled professionals to Accenture’s Applied Intelligence practice, strengthening and scaling up its global capabilities in data science, machine learning, and AI-powered insights. Read More>>
Fiserv acquires BentoBox to expand dining and restaurant capabilities
This transaction expands the company’s Clover® dining solutions and industry-leading commerce and business management capabilities, which enable nearly 200,000 restaurants of all sizes to deliver unique and differentiating diner experiences, from quick and casual to full service. Read More>>
Senex Energy chooses Deloitte and Anaplan digital budgeting & forecasting solutions to improve decisions and generate value
As part of working smarter through the use of digital technologies, Senex Energy sought to improve and digitalize its budgeting, forecasting, and reporting capabilities. Anaplan was selected as the connected planning solution, and Deloitte as their implementation partner. Read More>>
Honeywell Automation India wins bid for Bengaluru Safe City project
The project covers the supply of more than 7,000 different types of cameras (Fixed, pan tilt & zoom, body-worn, high resolution, etc.) at more than 3,000 locations across Bengaluru, along with the implementation of Integrated Command and Control Center. The state-of-the-art Video Management, face recognition system, and analytics application software will be one of the major key deliverables for this project, along with Dial 100 application, drones and the existing Suraksha app upgrade. Read More>>
Ethiopian Airlines renews a deal with Sabre for USD 110 Mn
Under the agreement, the airline will continue to use Sabre’s passenger service system, SabreSonic, enabling it to automate sales and service, helping it to maximize revenue opportunities and create efficient airport experiences for travelers. Read More>>
IBM Australia secures USD 42 Mn for Tranche 2 of Defence ERP Modernisation
IBM will cover initial design work of the projected USD 1 Bn project slated to be completed in eight years. In April 2021, IBM Australia was officially appointed to lead the second phase of Defence’s ERP system overhaul under a USD 128 Mn contract over two years. Read More>>

Key Signals in Consumer Software

Centre Setup and Expansion
DoorDash is set to open local engineering offices in Pittsburgh
This office follows its launch of DashMart, an e-commerce delivery and pickup convenience store between Lawrenceville and the Strip District. The news comes after convenience store chain Sheetz announced an expansion of its current tech office presence in Bakery Square. Read More>>
Turkish grocery delivery app Getir to set up a tech hub in India
The company which acquired instant grocery delivery company Blok in July is now looking to set up a technology hub in India. Read More>>
Zocdoc and Thriveworks partner to improve patients’ access to virtual counseling services
The partnership will enable Zocdoc users to schedule care with one of Thriveworks’ therapists or psychiatrists spread across the nation, with most major insurance plans accepted. This collaboration further aims to make high-quality, affordable mental health services more accessible across the United States. Read More>>
Babylon announces new collaboration with Microsoft to drive healthcare innovation
As part of this relationship, the organizations will collaborate to explore opportunities to use their respective artificial intelligence, machine learning, and cloud technologies in combination to accelerate the delivery of improved personalized care and reduce the overall cost of care through integrated digital pathways. Read More>>
BigCommerce and CMA CGM Group partner to power eCommerce solutions for global merchants
The partnership will equip merchants with a new online sales channel fully integrated with information systems and uses ERP and product information management (PIM) software, along with CRM and marketing tools. Read More>>
Microsoft & Shopify team up to improve merchant reach
The integration is being made available to Shopify merchants through an updated Microsoft Channel app, where they’ll be able to make a few adjustments to expand their reach across Microsoft’s network. The updated version of the Channel app is currently available to the merchants of the USA and Canada. Read More>>
Coinbase partners with UnitedMasters to pay music artists in crypto
The partnership will financially empower the creators behind the music and decentralize the economics of the music business. Read More>>
Executive Movement
Acorns hires its first CIO, pushes further into the wealth market
The company has appointed seasoned investment manager Seth Wunder, CFA, as its first Chief Investment Officer (CIO) ahead of its expected public listing. Mr. Wunder will help lead the team to develop and introduce new and more sophisticated investment opportunities, including the ability to customize portfolios by adding individual stocks and cryptocurrencies into diversified portfolios. Read More>>
Apple hires a new HomePod software chief
The company has hired Afrooz Family to lead software efforts for its HomePod smart speaker, aiming to turn the product into a bigger hit. Read More>>
China-based AutoHome replaces its CTO
The company appointed Bibo Xiang as the new Chief Technology Officer (CTO) after Xiao Wang resigned. Before joining AutoHome, Xiang served as senior vice president of VIPKID and Chief Technology Officer of Koolearn Technology Holding Limited. Read More>>
Byju’s appoints Mukut Deepak as Head of Business
In this role, Deepak will be responsible for expanding and leading the flagship business for the class 4 to 10 segment. He will report directly to the Chief Operating Officer of Byju’s, Mrinal Mohit. Read More>>
Reddit hires ex-Google exec as its first chief product officer
The company appointed Pali Bhat, the former vice-president of product and design at Google Cloud, to oversee Reddit’s product organization and lead the development of tools and features for the platform. Read More>>
Mergers and Acquisitions
Cazoo acquires Vans365 as it moves into LCV sales
The acquisition of Vans365 will accelerate Cazoo’s planned launch of buying and selling commercial vehicles online later this year and enhance its customer proposition. Read More>>
Fiverr acquires online learning specialist CreativeLive
The acquisition of CreativeLive will help Fiverr create compelling learning experiences. This deal is part of Fiverr’s broader strategy of supporting freelance lifestyle, including education and training. Read More>>
Instacart acquires shopping technology platform Caper AI
With this acquisition, Instacart aims to help retailers unify the in-store and online shopping experience for customers, supporting their businesses no matter how customers choose to shop. Read More>>
Aristocrat agrees to buy Playtech for USD 3.7 Bn
The deal will add immediate scale to the Australian casino-machines manufacturer in the fast-growing world of online gaming and sports betting. The transaction will create one of the largest business-to-business platform providers in the global gaming industry. Read More>>
Pimax and Tobii enter into a partnership to put eye-tracking in future headsets
This partnership would make Tobii the exclusive eye-tracking partner for future Pimax headsets, and that the company’s entire future lineup would include eye-tracking hardware. Read More>>
Green Dot selects Temenos cloud platform for BaaS offerings
 The deal will allow Temenos Banking Cloud platform to streamline Green Dot’s banking and payment services. Read More>>
SYNOT Games signs distribution deal with Playtech
This deal is another important landmark in the SYNOT Games growth strategy, continuing to deliver gaming content into new, regulated markets. Read More>>

Key Funding Alert

Molten, raises USD 7 Mn in seed funding 
The enterprise software company manages hundreds of millions of film and TV rights and terabytes of content for catalogs. Read More>>

Startup Spotlight

Company – Gigforce 
Total Funding – USD 3.64  Mn
About: Gigforce is the on-demand staffing platform connecting businesses with flexible workers. Read More>>

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