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Posted by Christopher Andrews on March 12, 2010
Deloitte recently made two acquisitions that may not make front-page headlines, but for sourcing professionals, they are noteworthy. In February/March Deloitte announced the acquisition of 1) dcarbon8, a carbon and sustainability consulting company that specializes in supply-chain management and carbon benchmarking and 2) Simulstrat, a company that pioneers “wargaming” and a spinoff from the department of war studies at King’s College in London. The acquisitions are small, but they highlight some interesting trends in the technology marketplace:
Finally, these acquisitions are somewhat representative of the type of M&A activity that we see shaping the technology industry after the economic collapse of 2008/9: they are small, relatively low risk acquisitions designed to bring a new innovation or capability to the portfolio of a larger firm. Gaming and green technology are two hot areas I highlighted in a recent report on “Seven Technologies Your Business Users Will Need You To Source in 2010” and these acquisitions seem to be examples of those trends in action.
Sourcing professionals -- particularly those with relationships to Deloitte - should note these acquisitions. Given the trends, there’s a good change the capabilities they add align with the changing needs of your business counterparts.
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