Post-Acquisition Strategies in Tech Companies

Just a brief note on an interesting trend I am seeing with some of my technology partners ... Virtela, an international telecom / data services provider out of Denver, CO was recently acquired by NTT, a massive ($130B) international presence. At our business review meeting last week, we were assured that NTT intends to leave Virtela alone, to operate very much as they have in the past. "NTT bought our people, processes, and services as much as a customer base".…

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Integrated Supply Chain Benefits Go Beyond the Internal Stuff

I met Lora Cecere this evening, well-known AMR analyst for Supply Chain - a good conversation about the deeper potential for supply chain integration technology. The topic: are there bigger benefits here? Is it really only limited to optimization of your own supply chain? Don't get trapped into thinking that the business benefit of supply chain integration is limited to increased visibility - look at the different scenarios. A simplistic view of an integrated supply chain shows all the elements,…

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Under New Ownership: Calm Before the Storm?

Nothing of import happening yet, but getting some interesting rumblings / indicators of what's to come. Definitely all business, no fooling around. The upper management and finance groups are quickly asking "how high" whenever these guys say jump. I feel the rest of the company is blissfully unaware of the train that's heading down the track. Not that I'm a pessimist, or a glutton for punishment - actually, I'm excited about the prospect of change in the organization, getting the…

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