One guy acting strangely is a nut. A bunch of people doing the same thing is called a church. - Shawn Mahaney
"Information security has clearly become an information management problem: today, many organisations struggle to establish exactly what data they have and where it all is - let alone how sensitive it is," says Art Coviello, boss of RSA in a press release.
Crumbs, where would these security and storage firms be if we were all a little smarter? In the last month alone I've heard the following:
A storage company exec say he has never met a customer who knows how much storage they own
A printer company exec say he has never met a customer who knows how much they spend on printing
A services company exec say that he has never met a customer who knows how many servers they own
Of course, the world + dog knows that the IT biz has turned into a big game of Monopoly in recent years but who will be the biggest acquirer of them all in the next year?
Our best estimation of the runners and riders:
Even money: IBM, which buys a company most days of the week to fit its Information On Demand mega-umbrella strategy.
6/4: Oracle. If it sees a business software company, it buys it.
5/1: EMC. Bit quiet recently but seems to think that everything is related to storage.
6/1: Symantec. Company that invented PC industry M&A is still at it. Could buy or be bought by EMC?
25/1: Microsoft. Never a big spender but has the dough if its inclinations change. µ
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