Spending Spree: IBM's 2010 Acquisitions - Slide 2

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Who: Netezza, data warehousing appliances provider

Amount: $1.7 billion

Why: IT Business Edge’s Mike Vizard points out that

the addition of Netezza will give IBM a data-warehouse platform for running analytic applications that can be quickly deployed with a minimal amount of IT intervention.

However, Arthur Cole speculates that the motivation behind the acquisition is to

pull Netezza off the market quickly to prevent someone else from muscling in on IBM's action.

Earlier this year, IBM CEO Samuel J. Palmisano laid out a five-year, $20 billion acquisition plan. Those acquisitions are expected to be concentrated in business analytics and optimization, as well as cloud computing and technology in areas such as traffic management, energy and health.

Indeed, IBM has been on a spending spree this year, snatching up companies that offer technologies ranging from cross-channel commerce to cloud integration, from real-time data compression to marketing.

Here’s a list of IBM’s acquisitions in 2010 -- so far – from bringing in network strengths to cutting edge security and analytics.

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