This week in Software: Signs of growth rekindling as firms redouble investments into new centers

Enterprise Software
IBM on an acquisition spree as the company turns the spotlight on AI, Cloud, SAP & 5G solutions
  • Acquired Instana to boost hybrid cloud and AI-based automation capabilities.
  • In talks to acquire TruQua a financial, planning, and analysis company.
  • Teams up with Bouygues Telecom to launch “Open Lab 5G” for new use cases. Read More>>

Equinix appoints Lorraine Wilkinson as UK Regional VP for Sales.
Their acquisition of Instana will help manage modern applications that span the hybrid cloud landscape and strengthen its AI-powered automation capabilities. Read More>>

Microsoft hiring 200 engineers while building strategic partnerships globally
  • On track to hire 200 new developers and product designers for the Dublin campus.
  • Teams up with Intel & AMD to Boost PC Security for personal-computer processors. Read More>>

Double hire as Nutanix targets ASEAN channel growth.
Nutanix has appointed Han Chon as managing director and Andrew Leong as channel director across ASEAN, with the double hire designed to drive customer and partner growth. Read More>>

iCIMS announces partnership with Visier to bring advanced recruiting analytics to the iCIMS Talent Cloud. It will enable organizations to connect their talent acquisition strategy to business outcomes by layering powerful analytics across the talent lifecycle. Read More>>

Aspen technology acquires Camo Analytics AS, a leading provider of industrial analytics based in Norway. The acquisition is expected to drive higher performance levels, profitability, and consistent quality for industries such as pharmaceuticals and biotech. Read More>>

Dell Signs European Distribution Deal With HTC Vive.The distribution deal will give Dell customers access to various Vive setups and accessories and the Vive Enterprise warranty and services such as the XR Suite. Read More>>

Accenture And SAP help Indorama Ventures with S/4 Hana. By creating a single source of information across its business globally, the new ERP system should help IVL enhance its operations, employee-development capabilities, and customer and supplier experiences. Read More>>

KEO International Consultants partners with Microsoft to reimagine its workplace by adopting its cloud and productivity solutions. The move will empower KEO to foster productivity and collaboration among its workforce while achieving operational excellence. Read More>>
Consumer Software
Facebook is investing again in its North Fort Worth data center campus. Facebook has filed plans with the state to invest USD 25 Mn more in the project for “renovation of the existing data center, including updates to mechanical, electrical and generator yards.” Read More>>

StockX in Detroit Expands Global Network. They have announced that the opening of new authentication centers in Hong Kong and Toronto, further expanding the company’s global footprint and its ability to serve a growing international customer base. Read More>>

CIA awards cloud computing contracts worth billions to major tech firms. The Central Intelligence Agency has awarded a cloud computing contract said to be worth “tens of billions” to five of America’s biggest tech companies. Amazon, Microsoft Corp., Alphabet, IBM, and Oracle. Read More>>

Barbara Wye, a VP at Intel, has been poached by Apple. Currently, Intel’s chief diversity and inclusion officer and vice president of social impact, will not go to work for apple until next year as vice president of diversity and inclusion. Read More>>

Twitter Names Jennifer Prince Global VP And Head of Content Partnerships. She will oversee the teams that work with digital creators, media companies, and other content publishers to leverage the Twitter platform in terms of distribution and monetization. Read More>>

Activision Blizzard to lay off around 100 more employees. These layoffs will happen across the company’s non-development workforce and will affect marketing, PR, and publishing, but are not expected to affect developers. Read More>>

Lightbox and WeWork Announce Strategic Partnership that brings 300 locations into its network. The partnership will leverage WeWork environments for advertisers to reach business professionals in co-working spaces. Read More>>

Tencent Cloud, ShareRing Partner to Brace the Travel Industry. Both organizations will work together to develop an industry-first application. This will help the tourism industry recover from the 2020 economic blow caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Read More>>

Amazon Alexa Voice Service enlists LTTS as consulting partner. L&T Technology Services (LTTS) has been selected as a consulting and professional services (CPS) provider to support Amazon Alexa Voice Service (AVS) integration across connected devices spanning multiple domains and industries. Read More>>

Take-Two Interactive Software’s acquires Codemasters for USD 994 Mn. The transaction is being effected by way of a UK Scheme of Arrangement and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2021. Read More>>

Flipkart acquires augmented reality firm Scapic to enhance the user shopping experience. Scapic is a Cloud-based platform that enables the creation and publishing of AR and 3D content, currently serving clients across e-commerce and marketing. Read More>>

Baidu to acquire Joyy’s Chinese live-streaming service YY for USD 3.6 Bn as the Chinese internet giant makes a further push to diversify beyond its core search business and play catch-up in video entertainment. Read More>>
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