This is technology M&A deal number 150 that ChannelE2E has covered so far in 2022. See more than 1,000 technology M&A deals for 2022, 2021, and 2020 listed here.
How Sentaca Fits In IBM Acquisition Strategy
Through acquisitions such as Sentaca, IBM CEO Arvind Krishna has been pivoting the company toward hybrid cloud and associated IT consulting opportunities. Indeed, IBM has now acquired more than 20 companies since Krishna was named CEO in April 2020, the company noted. Most of the IBM acquisitions have been small tuck-in deals rather than lofty, high-price SaaS business purchases.
The overall M&A and divestiture strategy appears to be paying dividends based on IBM's improved Q4 2021 financial performance.
Sentaca, founded in 2008, has 95 employees listed on LinkedIn. That team will tuck into IBM Consulting's Hybrid Cloud Services business to help customers capitalize on 5G, IoT, streaming and other growth opportunities.
IBM's overall business has been plenty busy in the telco sector. The evidence: More than 80% of the world's largest telcos work with IBM, and more than 140 telcos are served by IBM and Red Hat, the technology companies indicated.
IBM Acquires Sentaca: Executive Perspectives
In a prepared statement about the Sentaca acquisition, IBM Consulting Senior VP John Granger said:
"Our goal is to help modern networks thrive in an open, hybrid cloud environment that will bring edge and 5G to life for enterprises and consumers. The proliferation of mobile devices, wireless connectivity, and new media platforms is driving convergence among telco, media, and entertainment, which makes our acquisition of Sentaca all the more valuable for our clients."
Added Phil O'Neill, CEO of Sentaca:
"Sentaca's deep knowledge and experience of telecom networks, coupled with our expertise in hybrid multi-cloud and automation services and solutions, is a perfect fit to compliment IBMs telco/5G strategy. We are very excited to join the IBM team and to be in a position to access additional resources and platforms to deliver on even larger and more ambitious enterprise cloud transformation projects within the telco and media industry sector."
So what's next? One answer involves the IBM Think 2022 conference for partners and customers, which appears set for May.