Just on the heals of IBM acquiring Cast Iron Systems a few weeks ago, today IBM announced that it is acquiring Sterling Commerce for $1.4b in cash. Adding to other recent events such as GXS acquiring Inovis this once again ups the ante on B2B.
Gartner’s formal consolidated response to the Cast Iron acquisition will likely publish by end-of-day tomorrow.
We’re already working on a consolidated response to this acquisition as well, but shooting from the hip here’s a few initial reactions:
- Acquired by IBM WebSphere group, along with Cast Iron, Lombardi, etc. — they’re decisively assembling a lotta B2B horsepower
- The WebSphere group now has even *more* integration software — hey, has anyone seen my software roadmap GPS?
- Sterling Collaborative Network + Cast Iron Cloud == A viable integration as a service offering for both traditional ecommerce & Cloud services
- The WebSphere group now has a bunch of Apps — some inherently multi-enterprise Apps — that’s a lot *on top* of application infrastructure
- IBM has pitched this acquisition in the context of “Dynamic Business Networks” — more expansive, but builds upon business process networks
From an industry impact think about other IT mega-vendors and think about other ‘pure-play’ B2B vendors … what impact might this acquisition have on SAP’s alliance with Crossgate or Oracle’s alliance with E2open, etc.?
I’ve said it before and its worth saying again — these are interesting times in B2B!