Thinking Aloud…. As the big get bigger, the CTRM minnows benefit?

As we head into the weekend and I was pulling together some industry data for a presentation next week, I was struck by a couple of things. Firstly, the majority of announced license deals this last quarter have often been for less well-known and smaller vendors like Gen10, Fendahl, Contigo, Pioneer, Agiboo, InstaNext, InaTech, Molecule, and so on. Secondly, the most noteworthy activity among the larger vendors has been on dog eat dog and acquisition. Having realized this from the data, I saw evidence to suggest that the predictions we have been making at ComTech over the last 12-18 months have been pretty spot on. We predicted that there would be more acquisitions and there have been. ION has continued (and we would bet they are not done yet) its buying and acquired another big name in the top 5 of CTRM vendors (no announcement yet, but its common knowledge), EnergyOne acquired Contigo, CubeLogic acquired FERDEC, ComFin was acquired in an essentially management buy out and so on. Yet despite these mergers and acquisitions, there is still no lack of choice if you are a buyer. We still track over 100 CTRM vendors in our directory and we find new… continue reading
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