191 buyouts in enterprise applications market within the past 15 months

Between January 1, 2004 and March 31, 2005 the enterprise applications market saw at least 191 reported buyout deals worth more than $30 bln among 2,500 enterprise applications vendors, IDC says. These consolidations are impacting every vertical industry, as newly formed industry powerhouses extend into specific or adjacent verticals in the effort to establish supremacy in an industry segment. Over 87% of the 191 deals had a direct impact on North America with international vendors buying up US vendors to expand into the market, while domestic vendors expanded through numerous acquisitions. 12% of the deals primarily affected European vendors while the Asia/Pacific region accounted for a single transaction.