Posts Tagged ‘Cloud’

Zebra’s $3.45 billion enterprise Internet of things play: Cloud software will be the glue

April 16th, 2014

Zebra Technologies’ $3.45 billion purchase of Motorola Solutions’ enterprise business is really a bit play for the “enterprise Internet of things” where asset tracking as well as the data thrown off from it lead to business advantage.

The purchase makes a lot of sense on many levels, but it’s worth noting that Motorola Solutions’ larger enterprise unit could give Zebra indigestion. Zebra has $1 billion in annual sales compared to Motorola Solutions enterprise unit, which has $2.5 billion in annual revenue.

Zebra is using $200 million in cash and $3.25 billion in debt to fund the deal.

The debt load and size differential could be worrisome, but strategically the deal makes sense. Zebra specializes in RFID systems and bar codes to track inventory as well as analytic software. Motorola Solutions’ enterprise unite adds mobility to the equation as well as strength in manufacturing and logistics.

The two companies together will be the front end of asset tracking as well as sensor networks and be able to utilize that data thrown of from RFID, mobile devices and bar codes.


IBM wins multimillion deal for Coke’s SAP cloud

April 8th, 2014

Drinks giant wants to unify platform across regions.

IBM will host and manage Coca-Cola Amatil’s cloud ERP in a deal worth millions of dollars.

The agreement will see IBM manage the SAP software in a cloud hosted at its own data centre in Sydney.

According to IBM, the cloud platform will “streamline CCA’s order management and distribution processes; increase operational efficiencies; and deliver consistent and exceptional quality of customer experience across the two geographies”.

Grant Thomson, cloud business leader at IBM, said: “CCA will be able to leverage best-practice processes from its Australian operation and apply them to the rest of the South Pacific region.”

CCA’s Australian and Indonesian operations will be onboarded first.

The system will later expand to CCA’s other operations in New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, and Samoa.

“By using a common cloud platform across Australia and Indonesia, we will be able standardise and automate our operations and bring a consistent level of efficiency to our Indonesian business,” said CCA CIO Barry Simpson.


Velocity wants to be the one to run that cloud software for you, so it bought Titan

April 2nd, 2014

Plenty of technology companies offer to handle the deployments of cloud-based business software for you — so you don’t have to worry about maintaining physical infrastructure you would otherwise need.

Now one of those cloud software operators, Velocity Technology Solutions, has made a land grab to buy another cloud software operator, Titan Technology Partners, which means more customers and more software it can offer.

Now Velocity can sell SAP and Oracle’s PeopleSoft software, according to Velocity’s press release on the news.

Velocity also provides cloud services like infrastructure as a service and platform as a service. But those two areas are quite competitive, with big providers like Amazon, Google, and Microsoft regularly announcing new features and price cuts. So it makes sense to diversify a little more and go after the challenging part of running specific cloud-based applications.

Today’s deal makes Velocity into a fairly large cloud-software provider, as Velocity and Titan’s combined annual revenue exceeds $150 million. And Velocity will have more than 750 employees as a result of the deal.

Titan, based in Charlotte, started in 1998.

New York-based Velocity bought Oracle cloud software operator iXtend last year.

Terms of the Velocity-Titan deal weren’t disclosed.


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