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SAP’s top dealmaker explains the German software giant’s strategy behind its $8 billion Qualtrics acquisition and where it’s looking in 2019

“So I think the public market themselves really help to push some of the valuation” writes Becky Peterson for businessinsider.com. Arlen Shenkman, executive vice president of global business development and ecosystems at SAP LinkedIn Peterson: Qualtrics was supposed to go public this week.Shenkman: We certainly didn’t have a strategy of waiting for the IPO. I had met Ryan probably 6 to 7 months ago. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Salesforce makes undisclosed “strategic investment” in Docker, companies will cross-sell MuleSoft and Docker Enterprise

“Salesforce acquired MuleSoft for $6.5 billion last year in order to bolster its hybrid cloud story with software developers” writes Tom Krazit for geekwire.com. Salesforce’s investment is also an interesting hedge on the increased rate of cloud consolidation over the last few months.Docker representatives refused to comment on the size of the investment, scheduled to be announced Thursday morning, but confirmed it was part of a “strategic investment” as an extension to Docker’s Series E round originally opened last year. Source: geekwire.com Share This:

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How to Tie Executive Compensation to Sustainability

“Meanwhile, a number of business organizations have created their own sustainability measures, including the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, Sustainalytics, Bloomberg, and MSCI. And at many companies, sustainability efforts are measured with well over 10 internal metrics” reports hbr.org. The compensation committee can then use its discretion to adjust pay after the fact for sustainability performance in these areas. Source: hbr.org Share This:

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Rambus chooses interim CEO as permanent leader

“RMBS, -0.70% said Monday afternoon that interim chief executive Luc Seraphin has been selected as the company’s permanent leader” writes Jeremy C for marketwatch.com. Seraphin has been atop the company since June, when CEO Ron Black was let go for improper conduct.Rambus shares, which have declined 40% so far this year, were quiet in late trading after the dual announcements.The tech-hardware company also reported earnings Monday. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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Apple’s Original TV Content is Very Strategic and So Darn Smart

“Knowing that Apple customers love their devices, the development of free original TV content only if customers have an Apple device is just super smart. [For Apple To Make Its Original TV Content Free Is Brilliant ] Sure, Apple customers will pay for and enjoy other streaming content on their devices” writes John Martellaro for macobserver.com. One premise explored is based on the certainty that, in the future, most TV content will be delivered wirelessly to Apple customers by their Apple devices. Source: macobserver.com Share This:

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Third Point sues Campbell Soup, accuses it of misleading investors

“Third Point also said that investors are in the dark about the new CEO selection process” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Third Point has asked the court to postpone shareholders’ votes on the board until the company corrects what Third Point described as misinformation by the board.NEW YORK (Reuters) – Activist investor Third Point LLC sued Campbell Soup Co on Thursday, alleging the soup and snack maker’s board misled investors about the competence of its directors and the way it carried out a recently completed strategic review.Three heirs of…

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Red Sox victory in Game 1 of World Series is a long strategic nightmare for the Dodgers

“The first will probably decide whether the Los Angeles Dodgers or Boston Red Sox are world champions” writes Tom Boswell Has for washingtonpost.com. And the key strategic moments of the game were implosions for L.A.’s left-handed tactics. [Red Sox beat Dodgers in Game 1 of World Series after aces’ duel gives way to bullpen chess match] The Dodgers’ symbolic man — Kershaw — suffered another October mural mauling. Source: washingtonpost.com Share This:

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Russia condemns US pullout from nuclear treaty

“Russia condemned the U.S. on Sunday for announcing that it intended to pull out of a Reagan-era nuclear arms control treaty, terming the Trump administration’s move as “blackmail” to get other concessions from the country” writes Evan Vucci for washingtonexaminer.com. “We condemn the continuing attempts to achieve Russia’s concessions through blackmail, moreover in such an issue that has importance for international security and security in the nuclear weapons sphere [and] for maintaining strategic stability,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the official news agency TASS. Ryabkov added: “Unlike our…

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The SEC has a new office to deal with blockchain tech and ICOs

“The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is standing up the Strategic Hub for Innovation and Financial Technology to serve as a point of contact for companies working on blockchain tech or digital token sales, among other things” reports axios.com. Why it matters: The SEC has clearly accepted that crypto-assets, blockchain tech, and initial coin offerings (ICOs) aren’t going away and it better be prepared to handle such cases. In June, it named Valerie A. Szczepanik as its first digital assets chief, who will also be heading this new office. Source: axios.com…

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‘India may be willing to decide in a more strategic manner on oil purchases from Iran’

“However, it seems unlikely to me that energy hungry countries such as China and India will totally cut off oil purchases from Iran” reports tehrantimes.com. A. If the Indian government’s decision to buy the S-400 air defense system from Russia despite threats of U.S. sanctions is any indication, India may be willing to decide in a more strategic manner on oil purchases from Iran.Iran has been the main supplier of crude oil to India even at the peak of Western sanctions between 2012 and 2016. Source: tehrantimes.com Share This:

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