The acquisitions Microsoft makes these days that can be interpreted as attempts to fend off the growing threat of Google (see aQuantive, for example) get most of the attention. Heck, Google gets most of the attention, period.
Out of Tech Ed this week comes news of an interesting acquisition that is not directly connected to the battle for the dominant position in online advertising, search and eyeballs, although we could say that everything is at least indirectly related, at this point.
Microsoft has picked up Engyro, a Cincinnati-based company that "provides software solutions to integrate, consolidate, and simplify IT operations."
The firm's products create interoperability among disparate management systems. And the time spent on managing said systems is a gigantic resource suck that keeps IT departments from innovative and/or more productive tasks that benefit the bottom line, says Microsoft.
The announcement was included in a presentation by the SVP of the server and tools group, Bob Muglia, that was billed as not about all that vision hooey, but focused on real products and solutions. Even if some of the real products and solutions have been bought in acquisitions like this one, it's still a smart move.