Who’s next on the HP BPM Aquistions list?

After the recent news that Open Text is to acquire Metastorm, it has been revealed that the long rumoured HP talks with Tibco have not gone as planned.

According to a Reuters article,

Hewlett-Packard Co (HPQ.N) had considered buying business software company Tibco Software Inc (TIBX.O) until two weeks ago when talks fizzled, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The Reuters article goes on to say that

It was not clear why the talks fell apart or if they will be resumed, although the tech giant is currently scouring the industry for other software targets, the sources said.

Tibco has been the subject of takeout rumors for the past several years, yet the company has never disclosed that it has been in talks to sell itself.

The question now is who will HP target to fill its capability gaps? Doug Henschen (InformationWeek) thinks that

If HP is now shopping for other companies, as Reuters’ report suggests, Software AG and Progress Softwareare both potential targets, given their integration, SOA infrastructure, and business process management software. Software AG is larger than Tibco, with about $1.4 billion in revenue last year. Progress is smaller, at $156 million in 2010 revenue.

What are your thoughts?


Upcoming BPM Event – Gartner BPM Summit 2010 (UK)

Its that time of the year again and Gartner are having their BPM Summit on the 1st and 2nd of March in London.

By the amount of sponsors represented this year (18 in total) there is bound to be some interesting discussions and presentations for all:

I will be interested to see what Progress have planned for Savvion and hope IBM are going to talk a bit about Lombardi. For those who are interested, have a look here for more information and registration.

Would love to hear your feedback on the event.

Progress Software Acquires Savvion

The BPM acquisition trail continues in earnest.

ORLANDO, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS), a leading software provider that enables enterprises to be operationally responsive announced today at its Global Field Operations Conference the acquisition of Savvion Inc., a privately held business enterprise software company based in Santa Clara, California, for approximately $49 million, net of cash acquired.

Read the press release here.

Metastorm release new Blog

Metatstorm have recently released their new blog .

It is  targeted at a rapidly growing online community of IT professionals, journalists, industry analysts, and other constituents interested in following Metastorm and related BPM and EA trends on a global basis.

Metastorm is, a leading provider of Business Process Management (BPM), Business Process Analysis (BPA), and Enterprise Architecture (EA) software for aligning strategy with execution, today announced the unveiling of a new blog site – “Because Process Matters.” Metastorm will use the blog site to post relevant company and solution news, provide viewpoints on industry trends, and host multimedia content highlighting customer successes, partner solutions, events, and product releases.

The blog adds to Metastorm’s existing social media and web communications channels including its iTunes and YouTube channels, onDemand webcasts, and e-magazine.

I look forward to seeing more free resources, thought leadership and some really interesting developments from them in future.