Microsoft Acquires 3D Company Simplygon

Microsoft recently acquired Simplygon, a 3D data optimization company. This is the latest in a line of tech companies acquired by Microsoft, including LinkedIn, Beam and Maluuba.

Simplygon develops 3D-optimization solutions for industries that need to visualise 3D-data. It synergises well with Microsoft’s push in into AR (with its Hololens project) and VR (with Windows Holographic).

“Simplygon’s technology and talent will strengthen our position in 3D creation, making it easier to capture, create and share in 3D,” wrote Kudo Tsunoda, Microsoft’s corporate VP for Next Gen.

Higher Logic Acquires Community Software Company Socious

This marks the merger of the two largest online community software companies in the association market.

Higher Logic is an industry leader in cloud-based community platforms. Organizations worldwide use Higher Logic to create a space where their community can interact and exchange ideas. Socious offers software and services to help user communities better engage their membership.

“Organizations increasingly recognize that revenue growth and market expansion depend on more engaged members and customers,” said Rob Wenger, CEO of Higher Logic.

HPE pays $650 Million for SimpliVity Hyper-Convergence

As the rumors foretold, Hewlett Packard Enterprise has acquired SimpliVity, a hyper-converged pioneer that launched about a year after market leader Nutanix. SimpliVity built its reputation on data deduplication and compression using both software and hardware accelerators.

“It’s a prerequisite for HPE to have a good hyper-converged product,” said Arun Taneja, consulting analyst for Taneja Group Inc., in Hopkinton, Mass. “The game is on, and HPE was not in the game. This makes HPE relevant again in the overall IT infrastructure game.”

The deal marks the first acquisition of a hyper-converged startup by a major vendor.

Ad Tech Company Ad-Juster is Acquired by Chinese Investors Innotech

Shanghai-based private equity firm Innotech has bought data aggregator and discrepancy management company Ad-Juster for an undisclosed sum (believed to be eight-figures).

San Diego-based Ad-Juster is the only fully automated reconciliation and aggregate reporting system in the digital ad industry. It specialises in display ad reporting, 3rd party data aggregation, ad viewability and more.

The industry can expect more deals like this down the line, according to Ken Sonenclar of DeSilvar+Phillips, who advised on the acquisition. “Especially for US companies with platforms that can grow their user bases in China.”

Quartz Acquires AI Research Firm Intelligentsia.ai

This marks Quartz’s first acquisition in its four year history. Intellligentsia.ai produce research reports providing business professionals valuable insights into how AI affects their organizations.

“AI has the potential to transform nearly every industry, and forward-thinking companies will have to figure out what it means for them,” write Kevin Delaney and Jay Lauf, Co-presidents of Quartz. ”As a guide to the new global economy, Quartz can play a key role in helping our readers understand and leverage AI for their businesses.”

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