Salesforce takes up the Slack


Multiple deals by Accenture and three major deals by Thoma Bravo dominated the international ICT market last month.

At home, it was a comparatively quiet week.

  • Naspers made a R34 million investment in digital insurance advice platform, Ctrl.
  • Prosus led an R18.2 billion investment in Indian food-delivery giant Swiggy.
  • The appointment of a new CEO at Net 1.
  • The Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine cable has gone live.
  • The Djibouti government will sell a significant minority stake in Djibouti Telecom.
  • GAFP has taken a 38% stake in Angolan operator Movicel, with the Angolan government still having a 57% stake.
  • InnoVent, an IT financing and leasing specialist, has opened its third African office in Lagos, Nigeria.
  • South Sudan has launched its first locally owned telecommunications operator, Digitel Network, that will compete with Zain and MTN.
  • The appointments of new CEOs/MDs, etc, at Google Cloud, the new Ethiopian telecommunications licence company, IBM and Liquid Intelligent Technologies South Sudan.
  • Accenture acquired Cloudworks, a Canada-based Oracle Cloud implementation service provider; CS Technology, a technology firm and provider of infrastructure transformation services; Openmind, a boutique commerce agency in Italy with key capabilities in cloud-based platforms; Sentor, a Sweden-based independent provider of cyber defence and managed security services; and Workforce Insight, a workforce optimisation consultancy that provides workforce management and human capital management advisory and technology services. Also, Accenture has entered into an agreements to acquire Ethica Consulting Group, a group of technology companies based in Italy that provides advanced software and professional services; HRC Retail Advisory, a retail-focused strategy consultancy with critical in-demand skills and solutions to help clients across the retail value chain; Trivadis, an IT services provider specialising in platforms and solutions that enable highly automated provisioning and innovative use of data; and Wabion, a Google Cloud services boutique.
  • AllCloud bought Integress, a Snowflake partner, which offers services to help organisations get actionable insights and improve profits from their data.
  • Antin Infrastructure Partners purchased Pulsant, a hybrid cloud specialist.
  • Bentley Systems’ Seequent business unit acquired Denmark-based Aarhus GeoSoftware, a developer of geophysical software.
  • Byju acquired Epic, a kids learning platform ($500 million); Great Learning, a professional and higher education platform ($600 million); and smaller rival Toppr ($150 million).
  • Capgemini bought Acclimation, an Australian SAP services specialist; and it has entered into a scheme implementation agreement to acquire Empired, an Australian cloud transformation and digital services provider.

Naspers made a R34 million investment in digital insurance advice platform, Ctrl.

  • Carlyle purchased LiveU, the leader in live video streaming and remote production solutions.
  • The Descartes Systems Group acquired GreenMile, a provider of cloud-based mobile route execution solutions for food, beverage and broader distribution verticals.
  • Digi International bought Ctek, a company specialising in remote monitoring and industrial controls solutions.
  • EPAM Systems purchased a professional service provider specialising in IT strategy and technology-driven transformations.
  • Enghouse Systems acquired Momindum SAS, a SaaS enterprise video software company.
  • Exclusive Networks bought Ignition Technology, a specialist security distributor focusing on emerging vendors.
  • FactSet purchased BTU Analytics, a provider of data and analytics.
  • Sweden-based Hexagon acquired Infor’s enterprise asset management division ($2.7 billion).
  • HPE bought Ampool, a structured query language analytics firm; and Zerto, a cloud data management and storage protection specialist ($374 million).
  • IFS purchased Customerville, a design-driven feedback technology provider.
  • IPI Partners acquired DigiPlex, a data centre provider.
  • Microsoft bought CloudKnox Security to give organisations visibility into privileged access, right-size permissions and consistently enforced least-privilege principles with the aim of reducing risk.
  • Milestone Technologies purchased Software Management Consultants, a next-gen IT consulting, talent management and digital solutions provider; and the company formed an agreement to acquire RiskIQ, which specialises in attack surface management and threat intelligence. Milestone also plans to acquire Suplari, a company that offers data analysis software for companies to manage supplier spending.
  • Netrix bought the managed IT services business division of Contegix.
  • Node4 purchased TNP, a Microsoft Dynamics 365 partner.
  • NSEIT acquired a majority stake in, an emerging leader in cloud services.
  • Sophos bought Intel-backed Capsule8 to help expand detection and response solutions for under-protected and underserved server and cloud environments running Linux systems. Sophos also purchased MSSP start-up Braintrace to get visibility into suspicious network traffic patterns, including encrypted traffic, without the need for man-in-the-m
    iddle decryption.
  • Sony purchased Housemarque, a Finnish game development studio.
  • Square acquired Crew, a frontline employee platform for consolidating and streamlining the day-to-day operations of hourly workforces.
  • Take-Two Interactive Software bought privately held Dynamixyz, a world-class leader in video-based facial animation services.
  • Telus International purchased India-based Playment, a leader in data annotation and computer vision tools and services specialised in 2D and 3D image, video and LiDAR.
  • Thoma Bravo acquired iOFFICE, an industry leader in workplace experience and asset management software-as-a-service solutions; It has also agreed to acquire Medallia, an enterprise software firm ($6.4 billion); QAD, a provider of cloud-based software for the supply chain ($2 billion); and, a provider of e-commerce shipping solutions ($6.6 billion).
  • Unity bought Interactive Data Visualization, the creator of SpeedTree, a suite of vegetation modelling and environment creation products for architecture, games, visual effects and real-time simulations.
  • Alphabet’s Google has agreed to buy Pring, a Japanese payments business.
  • Atos has reached an agreement to acquire Visual BI, one of the leading and fastest growing firms focusing exclusively on cloud data analytics and business intelligence in the US.
  • Holdings has inked an agreement to acquire Invoice2go ($625 million).
  • Barracuda plans to buy Skout Cybersecurity, a security monitoring and response company.
  • Blackstone Group will purchase Sphera, an environmental, social and governance software, data and consulting services provider ($1.4 billion); and has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a controlling stake in Simplilearn Solutions, an online learning bootcamp.
  • Germany-based Cancom has sold off its UK and Ireland business to Madrid-based technology services company Telefonica Tech (€398 million).
  • Cirrus Logic has agreed to acquire Lion Semiconductor.
  • Calypso Technology, a provider of cloud-enabled, cross-asset, front-to-back solutions for financial markets, and AxiomSL, the leading provider of regulatory reporting and risk management solutions for financial institutions, are to merge.
  • eBay will sell part of its stake in Norwegian classifieds group Adevinta to private equity group Permira ($2.25 billion).
  • EQT Private Equity will buy PRO Unlimited, a leading provider of integrated contingent workforce management solutions.
  • France’s anti-trust watchdog has slapped a €500 million fine on Alphabet’s Google for failing to comply fully with temporary orders the regulator had given in a row with the country’s news publisher.
  • Francisco Partners has agreed to sell Plex Systems, a software manufacturing company, to Rockwell Automation ($2.2 billion); and to acquire STARLIMS, a provider of laboratory information management system software.
  • Genstar Capital has agreed to purchase a majority stake in Foreside Financial Group, a provider of distribution, governance, risk management and compliance solutions to clients in the global asset and wealth management industries.
  • HP has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Teradici, a global innovator in remote computing software that enables users to securely access high-performance computing from any PC, Chromebook or tablet.
  • IBM plans to acquire BoxBoat Technologies, a premier DevOps consultancy and…


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