Monday, February 2, 2009

Resource for acquistion/partnering insights (SYMC, IBM, Citrix, Salesforce, SAP,etc)

The Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) is in the midst of running a series of presentations, for members of the Venture Capital community, where the most acquisitive companies in the Information Technology Industry present their strategies, M&A interests, and are open for questions from participants.

Access to a few of the past presentations are available here. I participated in the last session where the VP of M&A for Oracle, and bankers from Pacific Crest, shared their M&A and strategic thoughts. Past sessions included IBM's thoughts on cloud computing, Salesforce's view of SaaS, and Pacific Crest's insights into the Saas M&A environment. With the IPO window closed and capital access used to fund market expansion vastly more expensive, these sessions are timely.

On Feb 10th, they are hosting a presentation from Adobe, SAP, and Credit Suisse's Software analyst that is accessible in person, or via conference call. You can learn more, sign up to attend, or listen to the next session here.

Ken Wasch, the head of the SIIA, is focusing on building a closer relationship between the Association and the venture capital community. With sessions like these, I have no doubt he will be successful. If you want to reach Ken directly, his mail is Ken.Wasch at

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