ChannelE2E provides news on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), funding, IPOs and other milestones for CSPs, MSPs, VARs, ISVs and technology partners in the IT channel.


HPE Acquires SimpliVity, Counters Hyperconverged Rival Nutanix

Jan 17, 2017 by Joe Panettieri

HP Enterprise’s SimpliVity acquisition targets the Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) market vs. Nutanix, Dell-EMC, VMware & Cisco. But Azure, AWS loom.


ESOP Tips: How to Sell Your Company to An Employee Stock Ownership Plan

Jan 17, 2017 by Joe Panettieri

ESOP Tips: How Phacil, a midsize IT services provider, transitioned to an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP).


IBM to Acquire Lloyds Banking Group Data Centers?

Jan 13, 2017 by Joe Panettieri

Report: In a potential outsourcing arrangement, IBM may acquire Lloyds Bank Group’s data centers — and then manage Lloyd’s IT workloads.


LANDESK, HEAT Software Merger: CEO Steve Daly’s Channel Strategy

Jan 12, 2017 by Joe Panettieri

LANDESK CEO Steve Daly describes the company sale, HEAT Software merger, and the partner opportunity for “integrated” lifecycle management.


MSP, Professional Services Merger: Bulletproof Solutions, SLI Global

Jan 11, 2017 by Joe Panettieri

SLI Global Solutions and Bulletproof Solutions (an IBM, Microsoft, Dell, VMware and Cisco partner) have merged their IT services divisions.

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Mergers: 3,000 Technology, Media & Telecom Acquisitions In 2016

Jan 11, 2017 by Joe Panettieri

Roughly 3,021 mergers involving technology, media and telecom (TMT) companies occurred in 2016, according to Mergermarket’s Global M&A report.


Perficient Acquires RAS & Associates for Vertical Market IT Consulting

Jan 11, 2017 by Joe Panettieri

Perficient (an Adobe, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and Salesforce partner) acquires RAS & Associates, a $9 million vertical market management & IT consultancy.

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Arxan Acquires Apperian for Mobile, IoT App Security, Protection

Jan 11, 2017 by Joe Panettieri

Arxan acquires Apperian for mobile application management (MAM) & app security capabilities. Is there really an IoT (Internet of Things) security play here?


Citrix Acquires Unidesk to Ease VDI Deployments

Jan 9, 2017 by Joe Panettieri

Citrix Systems acquires Unidesk to ease XenApp, XenDesktop and VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) deployments. Here’s how Citrix partners may benefit.


Atlassian Acquires Trello: Service Desk Meets Project Management

Jan 9, 2017 by Joe Panettieri

Atlassian acquires Trello for $425 million; converges JIRA Service Desk and project management platforms for IT support, DevOps and managed services.