At the end of 2020, I wrote Big Idea 2021: SaaS Companies Will Create 10 Million Jobs with the central thesis that SaaS players would evolve into PaaS to create deeper moats around their core market positions and gain access to the related force multiplier.
To recap on the assumptions:
Following Taleo’s acquisition of Vurv, Netsuite followed with the consolidation trend in the SaaS sector (and in its majority shareholder Larry Ellison’s footsteps). On June 2, it announced its plans to acquire OpenAir, a leader in on-demand project management software, for $26 million. >>>
Last month, Taleo announced its plans to acquire Vurv for approximately $128.8 million. This acquisition adds scale and Taleo continues as a leader in the talent management sector. The combined company will have over 3,400 customers, including 48 of the Fortune 100, and more than 2,800 small and medium-sized businesses. However, Gartner says the acquisition will not enhance Taleo’s immediate market position beyond e-recruitment. In this post, I will review the performance of Taleo and its top competitor, SuccessFactors. >>>
Tremendous growth in digital content is driving the performance of storage vendors. Seagate recently crossed the milestone of shipping 1 billion hard drives and it expects to ship another billion over the next 5 years. >>>
I have not been too optimistic about the EDA industry’s growth potential. (Read: Future of EDA and Future of EDA Addendum). Last December, I had also recommended that investors stay away from Magma(LAVA). Their Q4 results, announced last month, were in line with my predictions. >>>
Dell yesterday reported strong Q1 FY 2009 results driven by strong growth in commercial and consumer products and services and lower operating expenses. Revenue grew 9.6% y-o-y to $16 billion beating analyst estimate of $15.68 billion. Net income at $784 million (up 4%) or EPS of $0.38 (up 12%) also beat analyst estimates of $0.34. The market is upbeat about its turnaround and its shares jumped 10% in after hours trading to about $24. Earlier coverage is available here, here, and here. >>>