This week in Software: Massive gains in the cloud sector as enterprises seek to capitalize on rising digital transformation requirements

Latest Industry Insights from Draup Braindesk

Companies are expanding their digital capabilities to deliver industry-leading smart automation solutions by disrupting software and technology trends in the market.

  • Dematic partnered with Realtime Robotics to develop and advance multi-robot coordination and spatial technology using artificial intelligence, machine learning for enhanced logistical service.

  • DTCC has introduced ClaimConnect for claim processing automation, where clients are able to automate the historically manual process, which reduces risk and errors. 

  • Intuit integrated QuickBooks with Amazon Business to help small businesses categorize and understand their business expenses by automating purchase reconciliation and categorization. 

  • Intuit collaborated with Verady to integrate QuickBooks Online with Verady’s Ledgible platform to automatically synchronize QuickBooks Online to get information directly from cryptocurrency holdings and transactions. 

  • HPE and Continental teamed up to launch a blockchain-based platform for data sovereignty, security, transparency, and efficiency to overcome the barriers of sharing vehicle data. 

Organizations intend to leverage their digital capabilities using AI and IoT across healthcare, agriculture, telemedicine applications 

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise launched the HPE Center of Excellence for IoT-based agriculture in India to increase crop yields, nutritional value, and revenue from products 

  • Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation’s (IRCTC) partnered with CoRover and Microsoft Azure to develop AI-powered chatbot AskDISHA to answer passenger queries to enhance user experience.

Latest Reports Published in Draup

McAfee, LLC Account Intelligence Report: McAfee keen to develop Enterprise Security Manager (ESM) Cloud, a new cloud-based security and information event management (SIEM) offering that supports the detection, incident response, and threat hunting activities of a security operations team.
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IQVIA Account Intelligence Report: Application Development & Maintenance is the majorly outsourced segment contributing 38% of total outsourcing. Hexaware is the major strategic partner for IQVIA who supports them in Application Development & Maintenance-related engagements.
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Key Funding Alert

Detect Technologies has raised USD 12 Mn
The fresh capital will be used to expand and strengthen its sales and operations teams across India and international markets in North and South America, Singapore, Indonesia, Middle East, and Europe. Part of the funds will also be deployed for research and development and product innovation.
The funding will be used to develop the company’s innovative technology and expand the team. Read More>>

Startup Spotlight

Company – Inxeption
HQ Location – San Francisco Bay Area, USA
Total Funding – USD 61.5 Mn
About: Inxeption is a feature-rich eCommerce platform, providing the best tools and innovative blockchain technology to ensure trusted secure and reliable transactions. Inxeption is a sophisticated platform that rapidly increases sales, streamlines your business, and extends products to new online channels. 
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Key Signals in Enterprise Software

Mergers and Acquisitions
LogicMonitor acquires Dexda
Acquiring Dexda will further enhance LogicMonitor’s ability to generate automated, full-stack insights across the critical technologies modern companies depend on to deliver extraordinary employee and customer experiences. The Dexda acquisition marks the second acquisition this year for LogicMonitor. Read More>>
Zoom buys German AI translation company
The acquisition will help Zoom advance the field of machine translation to improve meeting productivity and efficiency by providing multi-language translation capabilities to users. Read More>>
HPE acquires Zerto for USD 374 Mn
HPE says the transaction is expected to contribute more than USD 130 Mn in run-rate revenue at software gross margins. Zerto will be placed into the HPE Storage business unit, reporting to Tom Black, Senior Vice President, and General Manager. Read More>>

Xendoo partners with Gusto to create Xendoo Payroll
Xendoo Payroll is a major milestone amid the company’s rapid growth. Partnering with Xendoo to launch Xendoo Payroll accelerates the online accounting and bookkeeping offerings available to small businesses. Read More>>
UCaaS and CCaaS unite with Five9-Nextiva Partnership
The new offering will see Nextiva’s UCaaS technology bundled with Five9’s CCaaS tech and sold as a unified solution giving customers a single vendor to build a solution with. Not only is customer experience paramount to a business, but it can also be a differentiating competitive advantage to compete in their markets. Read More>>
Tech Data launches joint initiative with IBM to fast track digital transformation journeys for APAC partners
The initiative will expand and grow the region’s ecosystem of partners in the area of data and artificial intelligence (AI), supported by subject matter expertise via Tech Data’s Center of Excellence (COE). Read More>>
Executive Movement
Top IBM executive quits, shares suffer the biggest fall in 5 months
IBM stock fell more than 4% amid top leadership changes that include President Jim Whitehurst’s decision to leave. Whitehurst had played a pivotal role in the integration of Red Hat with the more than 90-year-old company. Bridget van Kralingen will step down as senior vice president, global markets. Rob Thomas will take Kralingen’s place as senior vice president, global markets. Read More>>
Data consultancy firm Kantar announces the appointment of new Group CEO
Kantar, a global data, insights, and consulting company, announces the appointment of Chris Jansen as Group Chief Executive Officer, effective 1 November 2021. Jansen succeeds Alexis Nasard, who resigned in April after only four months in the job, and left in June. Prior to that, Chris led the Automobile Association (AA) to a stock market flotation in 2014. Read More>>
Fitbit CFO moves to cloud-services firm Fastly
On Tuesday, publicly listed cloud provider Fastly Inc. announced it had hired Ron Kisling, the CFO of Google’s Fitbit unit, as its new CFO. Kisling will step into the role at San Francisco, Calif.-based Fastly in August, with a focus on achieving profitability, a goal the company has yet to reach after over two years on the public market. Kisling spent four years as Fitbit’s chief accounting officer before becoming its CFO in 2018. Read More>>
Deals and Deal renewals
AT&T to move 5G network to Microsoft’s cloud with new strategic alliance
The benefits for Microsoft are access to AT&T’s IP and the growth of Azure for Operators. Microsoft’s AT&T alliance could net the tech giant’s Azure service over USD 1 Bn per annum as the years go on. McPeake’s insights on the deal’s financial optics help give an idea of its scope alongside other major Microsoft deals. Read More>>
Servier seeks Oracle to see into the future of trial management
French pharma Servier has signed up tech giant Oracle and its Health Sciences’ Clinical One platform to help boost its clinical trial work. The platform will ensure data collection from new and multiple data sources, harmonize the data, and eliminate reconciliation by having a single source of truth, drawing valuable clinical insights via dashboards and KPIs, Oracle said. Read More>>
Magyar Telekom taps Amdocs to digitize its IT systems
As part of the deal, Amdocs will empower Magyar Telekom by streamlining and digitizing its IT systems, strengthening its position as a flexible and agile communications provider in the Hungarian market. Read More>>
GEP smart AI-driven procurement software selected by Lenovo for its direct spend and to enable the transformation of procurement globally
Lenovo will be using GEP SOFTWARE to support its global sourcing needs and suppliers for all its direct spending. At a time of Lenovo’s continued strong growth and innovation, GEP SOFTWARE will provide a full range of cloud-native solutions to support Lenovo’s. Complex direct global sourcing needs through GEP SMART’s sourcing & project management capabilities. Read More>>
Codeplay wins key US contract for AI software
The Edinburgh-based business, already a world-leader in the AI technology used in devices such as self-driving vehicles and drones, has been selected by the US Department of Energy’s (DoE) National Labs to supply its software to a second supercomputer called Frontier, one of the highest performance computers in the world. Frontier will be used by researchers working in diverse areas such as medicine, alternative energy, environment, high-energy and nuclear physics, advanced computing, materials science and chemistry. Read More>>
Center setup and Expansion 
Equinix’s USD 7 Bn xScale data center bet is working
Equinix xScale data centers are tailor-made to serve hyper-scale companies, including the world’s largest cloud service providers, Amazon Web Services, Google, and Microsoft. The xScale data centers currently being constructed around the world are specifically built to support the rising demands of cloud services that need to scale rapidly. Read More>>
DataStax eyes growth in APAC
Open-source database supplier DataStax is counting on the growing use of NoSQL databases as it expands its footprint in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, where enterprises are modernizing legacy applications and using cloud services in droves. DataStax plans to expand its partner network in more ASEAN markets and engage more developers across the region. Read More>>

Key Signals in Consumer Software

Mergers and Acquisitions
Shinsegae acquires eBay Korea in USD 3 Bn deal as e-Commerce booms
Shinsegae’s supermarket affiliate, E-Mart, will acquire 80% of eBay Korea. The deal allows eBay Korea and E-Mart to set up an ecosystem that sells everything from groceries to general merchandise. The deal will also enhance E-Marts same-day delivery capability and improve the use of capacity at its warehouses for goods to be shipped by e-commerce. Read More>>
Zomato set to acquire about 10 percent stake in Grofers, CCI filing reveals
The latest move by the Gurugram-based restaurant aggregator comes just months after Tata Digital acquired a majority stake in Grofers’ arch-rival BigBasket. The deal between Grofers and Zomato could be aimed to take on the likes of BigBasket and Swiggy. Read More>>

Google Cloud partners with Ericsson, joins O-RAN Alliance
Google Cloud decided to partner with Ericsson to develop new cloud-based and 5G edge computing services. The reason behind this O-RAN offers standardized designs that allow a variety of firms to supply hardware and software. Aside from this, Google Cloud also wants to bring its track record of software innovation to the O-RAN Alliance’s commercialization efforts. Read More>>
CYSIAM partners with CrowdStrike to secure clients’ operations
The CYSIAM solution will bring together best-of-breed technology with operational experience and expertise at a price point that works. CYSIAM threat analysts and incident responders are all security cleared by the UK government and have experience of operating in some of the world’s most high threat and pressurized environments. Read More>>
Rakuten Viber partners with Snap to bring AR lenses to its messaging platform
The partnership between Rakuten Viber and Snap will bring AR Lenses to Viber video messaging and photos. Using Snaps developer tools including Camera Kit, Creative Kit and Bitmoji, the Viber app will integrate AR Lenses, enable sharing to Snapchat, and bring customizable Bitmoji avatars to Viber. Read More>>
Google Forays into drone Air-Traffic Control with Wing’s OpenSky application
Alphabet Inc’s drone-delivery venture, Wing, is releasing free software for US drone users to get permission to fly near sensitive areas like airports. Wings OpenSky application will be available on Google Play and Apple’s App Store. Wing is using Google’s mapping expertise. Read More>>
Executive Movement
ByteDance prioritizes music product, places former TikTok chief at helm
Meanwhile, Alex Zhu, Vice President of Product and Strategy for ByteDance and former head of its wildly popular TikTok platform, has taken over the project to lead the firm’s overseas music product, Resso. The strategy is to take Resso as a starting point and tie it in with TikTok to create a vibrant music community. Read More>>
loanDepot taps tech veteran as chief digital officer
Nonbank lender loanDepot has appointed George Brady as chief digital officer. In his new role, Brady will be responsible for overseeing the company’s technology capabilities, including its proprietary platform, mello, with a specific focus on spearheading loanDepot’s technological innovation. Read More>>
Deals and Deal renewals
Google to get USD 1 Bn Cloud benefit from deal with Reliance Jio
Alphabet Inc-owned Google bought 7.7% stake in Jio for USD 4.5 Bn. Google Cloud’s deals such as Reliance Jio and Deutsche Bank will help it aggressively take on competition from Amazon and Microsoft. The deal with Reliance Jio Infocomm to develop cloud solutions for its enterprise and consumer offerings will help Google earn the latter USD 1 Bn in revenue, according to analysts. Read More>>
Google sold USD 2.5 Mn in AI to the pentagon for its Covid-19 recovery
Amidst concerns over Big Tech sales of AI technology to the Pentagon, Google furnished the Department of Defense with cloud software and artificial intelligence tools to help the agency deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. The contract outlines how Google software was to be used to help pool together Department of Defense data in support of the DOD COVID-19 pandemic or other emergent responses. Read More>>
Center setup and Expansion 
Amazon to open new warehouse that will use robotics in Alberta next year Inc. will turn to robots to help pick, pack and ship parcels at a new Canadian facility. The technology has been used at other Amazon warehouses since 2012, but the company said the 5,574 square-meter Parkland location would be its first robotics facility in Alberta. Despite the warehouse’s use of robots, Amazon said it will hire more than 1,000 full- and part-time staff to work at the facility, which is expected to open next year. Read More>>
Apple seeks more time for Irish data center
Apple Inc. is seeking a five-year extension to its planning permit for an 850 million euro (USD 1 Bn) data center development in Galway, western Ireland, the Business Post newspaper reported, citing planning documents. An extension would give the company until 2026 to construct the facility. Under current rules, the tech giant has until September to build the development. Read More>>
Google gets green light for new Sweden data center
Google has been given outline planning permission for a new data center in Horndal, Sweden – providing it does its bit for the environment. In 2017, Google acquired 109 hectares of land in the region, which is 160km north of capital Stockholm, and its original plan for a data center is now coming to fruition. The data center specifications weren’t outlined in court documents, but it is believed that Google is planning a five data hall campus on the site. Read More>>
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