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A few information technology industry notables offered their assessments of what lies ahead. Elizabeth Satin, Managing Director of The Jordan Edmiston Group Inc, said that while aggregate transaction value is down nearly 70%, the total of 619 M&A transactions announced for the first 9 months of 2008 is within a few percentage points of the total number for the same period in 2007 for media, information, and marketing services and related technologies. For Anthea Stratigos, Co-Founder and CEO of Outsell Inc, next year will be off to a rocky start given the credit crunch, a new US president and administration, the pall of poor holiday sales and a recession, and unprecedented financial rescues, all in a global era. John Blossom, CEO of Shore Communications Inc, said that year 2009 is likely to be the year in which long-established enterprise services begin to face a tougher breed of opponent: the virtual aggregator.
> Insider’s Perspective IT Budget Relief Strategies > ’Tis the Season Highlights Lessons From Lubuto > Database Review I Love YouTube Page 21 Page 31 Page 33 December 2008 Vol. 25 | Issue 11 News Briefs Forecast 2009: What’s on the Horizon T he second half of 2008 was a chapter for the history Google Book books. More budget tight- Search Settles ening followed a series of industry Landmark M&As, all before Wall Street be- Lawsuit, Readies gan weathering its highs and lows More Content amid global economic unrest. With 3 continued shifts in power, alle- giances, and ranking still making headline news in the business world, the information technology EBSCO industry is more than a little in- Publishing Elizabeth Satin Anthea Stratigos John Blossom Jeff Kalwerisky terested in what it can expect to Acquires NISC, Inc. experience in the coming year. A few industry notables offered In- 3 formation Today their assessments of what lies and information industry, 2008 has largely been and database information, have still kept pace ahead; here are some insights from each of them. a tale of two markets. with 2007. As a result, while aggregate trans- On the one hand, the banking and debt mar- action value is down nearly 70%, the total of Dow Jones Elizabeth Satin, Managing Director ket upheaval and an incipient pullback in adver- 619 M&A transactions announced for the first Teams Up With tising spending have led to an overall slowdown 9 months of 2008 is within a few percentage Transparency of The Jordan, Edmiston Group, Inc. in M&As. Nonetheless, mid-size and smaller points of the total number for the same period International While the economic slowdown and credit transactions, particularly in growth sectors such 3 crunch have impacted transactions in the media as online media, interactive marketing services, (continued on page 46) Settlement The Mouse Turns 40 Taking the Inside Reached in German Digital Delivery Case 4 by RICHARD HAMMOND | Byte Out of We tend to view history as a once- familiar path that is no longer well- maintained. But along that path, Cybercrime Thomson Reuters specific mileposts occasionally arise Brings Web by PHILLIP BRITT | that are so profound that they re- of Knowledge main clearly visible across the spans The growth of spam, malware, to Turkey of time. phishing, and other cyberattacks on 8 Backtrack to 1968 for a moment. the internet has given rise to a new The hit TV show Star Trek was in cross-disciplinary group designed its third season, the emergency 911 times before coming home. The to help combat the problem. number system was just introduced world was getting primed for the The Center for Applied Identity NewsMakers 25 in New York City, and the U.S. was 21st century. Management Research (CAIMR) Thomas Hogan getting ready to launch Apollo 8, held its first meeting in October just which would orbit the moon 10 (continued on page 48) after BusinessWeek published an remembers article on a Government Account- PRESORTED ability Office Report. The report ac- the first days STANDARD cused the federal government’s own US POSTAGE PAID SO. JERSEY, NJ 08031 efforts to prevent government and of IT, beginning PERMIT NO. 450 corporate cyberattacks as limited by bureaucratic challenges and an in- on page 22. ability to find an adequate number of qualified workers. (continued on page 50) 46 InformationToday December 2008 www.infotoday.com Forecast 2009: healthy—218 deals announced, (albeit at lower growth rates than in pre- Anthea Stratigos, Co-Founder valued at $7.8 billion—driven vious years), JEGI expects M&A activ- What’s on the Horizon by strategic companies that are ity to be sluggish for most advertising- and CEO of Outsell, Inc. (continued from page 1) continuing to acquire emerging driven models. Next year will be off to a rocky start social media and online content M&A activity in 2008 has been im- given the credit crunch, a new U.S. pres- companies. The greatest surge in pacted by the slowing economy and the ident and administration, the pall of poor volume was in niche online content overall stock market declines for many of holiday sales and a recession, and un- businesses, typically acquired for the most active strategic acquirers. How- precedented financial rescues, all in a less than $5 million, as the market ever, these companies are still seeking to global era. While this creates disruption, for small sites became more liquid drive growth in their businesses, and the “real” disruption for
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