Israeli Hi-Tech : International Mergers and Acquisitions Research Paper by Nicky

Israeli Hi-Tech : International Mergers and Acquisitions
A look at mergers and acquisitions of Israeli hi-tech companies.
# 149249 | 3,941 words | 14 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 30, 2011 in Business (Companies) , Business (International) , Business (Management)

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This paper analyzes the merger and acquisition of two Israeli start-ups, Mi5 Networks by Symantec and Scitex Vision by Hewlett-Packard. First, the paper describes the acquisition of Mi5 Networks by Symantec, showing why the company felt this was a good strategic move while describing how the products of both companies complemented one another. Additionally, the paper points out the advantages and disadvantages of the acquisition. Then, the paper notes the acquisition process and how the company's organizational structure was affected by it. Finally, the paper addresses the factors that contributed to the success of the Mi5 acquisition. Next, the paper presents an analysis of analysis of Hewlett-Packard's acquisition of Scitex. In particular, the paper notes that unlike the Mi5 acquisition, Hewlett-Packard (HP) continues to struggle after acquiring Scitex Vision. The reasons for this are discussed at length, with attention given to the factors that have caused problems. The paper concludes by noting what HP may have learned from this unsuccessful project.


Symantec Acquiring Mi5 Networks: Both In Search of Enterprise Sales
Analysis of Hewlett-Packard Acquiring Scitex

From the Paper:

"Given the exponential rise in security threats online and their continual escalation in both severity and complexity, Symantec, who had begun as a company offering shrink-wrapped PC-based security applications, set aggressive growth targets based on how pervasive security threats were expected to grow. In fact this planning assumption of enterprise-wide threats was prescient (Sund, 2007) as the severity and growth of enterprise-wide threats and attacks escalated. The series of software applications Symantec made throughout the 1990s and into the 21rst century, the largest of which was Veritas for $13.5B in 2004, created an entire security platform onto which Symantec could create customized applications for their largest enterprise customers, many of them Fortune 100 companies.
"Paralleling the acquisitions that Symantec had been concentrating on domestically in the U.S., a series of incubators through Israel were working on hardware-based security platforms as well. Mi5 Networks named after MI5 British intelligence services and staffed with Israeli counterintelligence specialists as senior management, was founded in 2004. The company began electronics-based programmable circuits that could be continually updated to counter new threats. By integrating software, electronics, and hardware platforms, combined with operating systems and Internet expertise including support for the TCP/IP protocol, Mi5 Networks had successfully done what thousands of other hardware-based security companies had not. They had successfully created a hardware platform that could also integrate quickly into enterprise networks and serve as the foundation for global security efforts within Fortune 100 corporations, precisely the same markets that Symantec had continued acquiring companies through the 1990s and into the 2qrst century to address as well."

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Frits D. J. Grotenhuis, Mathieu P. Weggeman. 2002. Knowledge management in international mergers. Knowledge and Process Management 9,no. 2 (April 1):83.

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