Archive for January, 2012

BMC to buy Numara Software

January 31st, 2012

Gives customers the access to IT management capabilities geared to their unique requirements

Business Service Management (BSM) firm BMC Software has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase integrated IT management offerings provider Numara Software.

With the acquisition, BMC will be able to further accelerate the growth of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) business, as well as giving customers access to IT management capabilities geared to their unique requirements.

In addition, the acquisition will create a broad portfolio of IT management offerings and services with flexibility and choice for mid-sized organisations that have around 500 to 5,000 employees.

BMC’s expanded offering will include the Numara FootPrints product; the BMC Remedyforce Service Desk offering; as well as BMC Network Automation as part of the BMC Bladelogic Automation Suite; BMC Atrium Discovery and Dependency Mapping; and BMC End User Experience Management as part of the BMC Application Management Suite.

BMC will now offer Numara’s Track-It! help desk and asset management offering for smaller organisations and these products complement BMC’s offerings for large enterprises.

BMC Enterprise Service Management president Paul Avenant said BMC can now effectively serve the entire spectrum of organisations hungry for IT management with products that truly meet the specific needs of their businesses.

“Numara’s solutions, customer base and sales and channel partners will round out BMC’s market leadership in Business Service Management and focus on customer care and support.

Source:http://enterpriseapplications.cbronline.com/news/bmc-to-acquire-numara-software-310112

S Mobility Plans to Buy Mobile-Software Companies in Africa

January 31st, 2012

Indian mobile-handset maker S Mobility Ltd. is looking to buy at least one mobile-software company in Africa by the end of March to tap into an expected surge in demand for mobile-software services in the continent.

S Mobility is doing due diligence on two companies, Managing Director Dilip Modi said recently. “I think, by the end of this quarter, we should announce it (an acquisition).”

He didn’t name the target companies.

Based on the outskirts of New Delhi, S Mobility is a part of the diversified Spice Global Group, which has interests in telecom, entertainment and finance.

The company, earlier called Spice Mobility Ltd., makes and sells its own Spice-branded mobile phones and tablet computers through company-owned and other retail outlets. It also provides value-added services to some local telecom operators.

Africa is a growing market for mobile-phone and mobile-software services, enticing companies from markets where user demand has slowed down or stagnated. India’s top mobile-phone operator, Bharti Airtel Ltd., made its foray into the African continent in early 2010 to tap into the growth potential of the continent.

Value-added phone services–such as messaging, mobile Internet, games and music–are expected to be the next trigger for industry growth.

Research firm Ovum expects value-added services to contribute about 11% of the continent’s total mobile-services revenue in 2016, from about 1% now, driven by a successful system of using mobile phones to settle payments. Research firm Informa Telecoms & Media expects revenue from value-added mobile services in Africa to grow to $29.8 billion in 2016, from $11.8 billion at the end of 2011.

S Mobility is in talks with MTN Group Ltd. and the African unit of Bharti Airtel for providing software and services on mobile phones, Modi said. It is also in talks with MTN for building mobile-Internet devices.

Source:http://blogs.wsj.com/dealjournalindia/2012/01/31/s-mobility-plans-to-buy-mobile-software-companies-in-africa/

Tax Preparation Savings Center Makes it easy to Compare Tax Products and Save with the Latest Coupons and Deals

January 31st, 2012

Tax season is here, and for most people it’s a daunting task to try and figure out which online service or software program to use to file taxes. The Tax Preparation Savings Center from Offers.com provides guides, product reviews, and comparisons of leading products to help consumers choose the best tax filing solution. Offers.com features the best coupons and deals including links to free online tax filing solutions, and this week consumers can take advantage of an exclusive deal for online tax preparation for 35 percent off, from a leading tax service provider.

“In 2011, the IRS reported that 77 percent of individual tax returns were filed electronically and with this we have seen a tremendous increase in the use of online and software tax preparation solutions,” said Steve Schaffer, CEO of Offers.com. “This tax season, we are experiencing more than a 50 percent increase in volume compared to 2011 and consumers are taking advantage of exclusive savings, coupons, deals, and free versions of tax preparation services found in the Offers.com Tax Preparation Savings Center.”

Users can file electronically by using online and downloadable tax software. Both offer benefits, depending on your tax filing needs. By using online web-based tax preparation services, consumers can work on their taxes from any computer and automatically save their progress every step of the way. One benefit of using tax software is the sense of security – information will not be stored online and may make some feel safer to run software and store data on their own computer. Of those purchasing tax products from the Offers.com Tax Preparation Savings Center this season, 59 percent have purchased online tax programs, while only 41percent have purchased downloadable tax software.

Everyone’s filing needs are different and that’s why we encourage tax filers to learn everything they can about the best tax preparation services. On Offers.com, consumers can save extra by comparing 15 different tax preparation products – by editorial rating and top features, like free efilings and state returns. The latest coupons and deals are available for most tax preparation products, including savings of up to $23.99 off a leading tax preparation service. Tax filers can also take advantage of helpful articles and tips, making it even easier to maximize savings and get refunds faster.

Source:http://www.marketwatch.com/story/tax-preparation-savings-center-makes-it-easy-to-compare-tax-products-and-save-with-the-latest-coupons-and-deals-2012-01-31

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