Let's Make A Deal
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Boy, you leave the country for a week and industry goes on an M&A binge.
No sooner had I arrived in China than I discovered the HP way would be finding its way to Plano, Texas, headquarters of IT services firm EDS.
Next, I discovered that the Tiffany network, CBS, which once brought us the voice of Edward R. Murrow, would soon instead be bringing us the IT insights of Dan Farber and Brian Cooley.
Then, just today, Booz Allen announced it would be selling a majority stake in its U.S. government business to the Carlyle group.
And of course, there was Carl Icahn's proposed board slate for Yahoo!, which would include a "Cuban" sandwich, or so says Fortune's Daily Briefing blog.
If you look closely enough, there's more than enough irony to go around on that one. Dallas Mavericks and HDNet owner Mark Cuban made much of his original fortune by selling Broadcast.com to Yahoo in 1999 for $5.7B U.S.
Who says there's no second act in American business? (Although, were Icahn's shareholder move to pan out, it would be about Cuban's fourth or fifth act.)
I also missed some news while in China that might help me stay in better touch with the office when traveling in the future.
Earlier this week at the Wireless Enterprise Symposium, IBM and Research in Motion (makers of my beloved Blackberry Pearl) announced that the Blackberry platform would soon support IBM's social software for business product, IBM Lotus Connections.
RIM will also expand and provide some additional support for other key IBM software products on the Blackberry, including IBM WebSphere Portal, IBM Lotus Sametime, and IBM Cognos 8 Go!
As a related sidebar, I'd like to personally thank RIM for the Blackberry's role in helping deliver some family critical news and facilitate making some very on-the-fly travel changes while in Asia.
Thanks also be to my colleague Karen, who helped ensure that I didn't wander the streets of Beijing without a hotel room my unexpected last night in that great city.
Talk about a realtime case study for mobile collaboration software: While stuck at Beijing airport waiting for my luggage to re-emerge from cancelled flight purgatory, I was able to use the Blackberry version of Lotus Sametime to contact Karen to see if I might still be able to finagle a room for one more night.
Thank you, Karen, thank you, RIM, and thank you Lotus Sametime team.
Blackberry Pearl: I don't leave home -- or find out what's going on in the world -- without it.
You can get all the details from the IBM and RIM announcement here.