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IT Services Boom
Increased velocity and higher valuations seen in the IT Services space have driven averages up to 1.4x Sales in developed markets. At the end of 2014, Atos acquired Xerox's IT outsourcing unit for $1 billion, paying 0.7x Revenue. More recently, Capgemini added New Jersey-based IGATE for a... Click here to read more
Posted by Alina Soltys, Associate on 18 May 2015
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IoT in Building Energy Management: More than just Nest
Despite the CPI's energy index declining over 18% this past year due to plummeting oil and natural gas futures, energy remains a major expense for consumers and businesses. ​Germany's SPIEGEL even considers electricity a "luxury good." It's no wonder we've seen the Internet of Things ​spread to... Click here to read more
Posted by Ivan Snook, Analyst on 13 May 2015
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Thoughts on Private Equity vs Strategic Buyers
Dear M&A Client:   I know you are considering the list of Private Equity firms that I recently provided.  Given your lack of immediate response,  I surmise there may be differing opinions internally as to whether we should go to the PEs at all. As I’ve had extensive recent experience from... Click here to read more
Posted by Ward Carter, Chairman Emeritus on 8 May 2015
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Corum Top 10 Disruptive Tech Trends #10: Data Security
Each of Corum’s Top Technology Trends lead to more and freer flowing of data. While that creates opportunity, it also creates greater risks for breaches of confidential data and increased disruption of networks and systems. Analysts say 75% of the enterprise IT security budget is expected to be... Click here to read more
Posted by Jon Scott, Managing Director, Corum Group, Int'l on 5 May 2015
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Corum Top 10 Disruptive Tech Trends #9: Sports & Gaming
Technology has taken Sports and Gaming to a tipping point in cultural importance with new gear, viewing devices, wearable devices, networked venues, and instant measurement, stats, context and commentary. Video game revenue has surpassed Hollywood box office receipts for years. Now sports dominate... Click here to read more
Posted by Jim Perkins, Executive Vice President on 30 April 2015
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Corum Top 10 Disruptive Tech Trends #8: Digital Force Multipliers
Digital Force Multipliers enable traditional firms to build value by using their own technology to directly address customer needs.  ​ Building these powerful proprietary platforms in-house by leveraging advances such as the cloud services, new development tools and readily available commercial and... Click here to read more
Posted by Rob Schram, Senior Vice President on 28 April 2015
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Recently Seen on Chartboost
With the first live Apple Watches released into the wild today, tech insiders are thinking about all the various potential applications. Fitness is the most obvious with a built-in heart rate monitor and accelerometer. ​ See my thoughts and other industry insiders on what it means for the GAMING... Click here to read more
Posted by Alina Soltys, Associate on 24 April 2015
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Corum Top 10 Disruptive Tech Trends #7: Positioning Intelligence
In the past people and machines struggled to know even their approximate location, let alone make timely use of the information. Now we have the tools and data for a new level of location precision, dynamic awareness and contextual insight. These advancements in positioning intelligence are... Click here to read more
Posted by Ward Carter, Chairman Emeritus on 23 April 2015
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Travel Booking World
Expedia is burgeoning with the snatch of online travel agency Travelocity from Sabre Corporation for $280M and the biggest move ever going into Orbitz for $1.3B.  These deals expanded the ticket online exchange’s market share but narrowed the range of the market leaders from 4 to 2, keeping Expedia... Click here to read more
Posted by Valeriya Chumachenko, on 21 April 2015
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Voracious j2 Global
j2 Global has been very active in M&A for email, fax and messaging SaaS. Within California it has acquired SugarSync, Nuvotera and EmailDirect.com. International acquisitions include Sweden's Stay Secure, Ireland's Arion IT and Firstway Digital and Canada's Quantum RB. j2 Global ranks among... Click here to read more
Posted by Ivan Snook, Analyst on 16 April 2015
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Celebrity Equity
The participation of celebrities in the tech space is nothing new, with Ashton Kutcher and his A-Grade Investments an early but strong example.   Over the last couple of weeks, Jay-Z joined the group when he acquired Aspiro, the maker of Wimp and Tidal for $56m. ​ Positioned as a higher quality... Click here to read more
Posted by Alina Soltys, Associate on 14 April 2015
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Corum Top 10 Disruptive Tech Trends #6: Enmeshed Systems
Enmeshed Systems are the natural embodiment of Moore’s Law, enabling millions of lines of code to be buried in increasingly small and ultra-fast hardware. By now we’re pretty casual about the complex, embedded apps that are a part of our daily routine - running our interactive gas pumps, motion... Click here to read more
Posted by John Simpson, Vice President on 10 April 2015
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Corum Top 10 Disruptive Tech Trends #5: IoT Software
The Internet of Things is driving tremendous innovation, differentiation, and value. Buyers like Google, Samsung, CISCO, Intel and Qualcomm spent $14 billion to acquire over 60 IoT-related ​companies last year, doubling the number of IoT acquisitions, and increasing spending 40-fold. Still, Cisco... Click here to read more
Posted by Jeff Brown, Senior Vice President on 9 April 2015
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Corum Top 10 Disruptive Tech Trends #4: Digital Currency Flow
Significant momentum is building for digital technologies that accelerate payments by reducing costs and inefficiencies in the global payments system. But so could other payment technologies.  Larry Summers (ex-US Treasury Secretary and now advisor to the VC firm Andreessen Horowitz) agrees, saying... Click here to read more
Posted by Mark Johnson, Vice President on 6 April 2015
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Corum Top 10 Disruptive Tech Trends #3: Omni-Channel Marketing
​ Omni-channel marketing has reached new heights as a continuum across brands, locations and consumer experiences. It enables contextual access to consumers coupled tightly with detailed, targeted messaging tied to the consumer’s individual predisposition, location and moment in time.  A British... Click here to read more
Posted by Daniel Bernstein, Senior Vice President on 2 April 2015
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Corum Top 10 Disruptive Tech Trends #2: Online Exchanges
We have pioneers Shawn Fanning and Napster to thank for this category.  In 1999, Napster became a significant wake-up call to the world in how the basic equation of traditional supply and demand could be transformed through the internet. Fast forward 15 years, and few other concepts have been as... Click here to read more
Posted by Dougan Milne, Executive Advisor on 30 March 2015
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Corum Top 10 Disruptive Tech Trends #1: Majority Mobilization
​ This year in 15 countries around the world, including the US, UK, Canada, France and Germany, the majority of their citizens will be using smartphones, a trend with significant implications that are just beginning to be capitalized upon.  In the business enterprise, the balance has tipped. Mobile... Click here to read more
Posted by Russ Riggins, Senior Director on 27 March 2015
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Corum Top 10 Disruptive Tech Trends 2015: Introduction
We are in an age of change, creating extraordinary opportunity and M&A activity. Disruptive technologies are those that change our lives. They transform markets. Technology companies can't ignore them - they have to adapt and incorporate these technologies, or they quickly fall behind. No... Click here to read more
Posted by Jeff Brown, Senior Vice President on 25 March 2015

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