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Ben Kolada
Research Associate, Financial Markets

As an analyst in 451 Research's Financial Markets group, Ben covers mergers and acquisitions among public and private companies. His work appears in The 451 Market Insight Service and in the 451 M&A KnowledgeBase, a technology transaction database.

Before joining 451 Research, Ben was an analyst at boutique telecom consultancy New Paradigm Resources Group, where he authored reports detailing service providers? competitive strategies. His research spanned a variety of communications sectors, including CLECs, MSOs, ILECs and fixed wireless providers.

Ben graduated cum laude from Loyola University Chicago. He also attended Loyola?s John Felice Rome Center, during which time he traveled throughout Eastern and Western Europe and took courses in Italian and international political development.


Reports by this Analyst

Why providers matter more than ever: the IBM/SoftLayer deal
HITS Insight - June, 2013
This acquisition validates trends in infrastructure and shows the muscle of the provider market - IBM wants in.
Will mass-market hosting providers buy into application software?
TDM Sector IQ - March, 2013
Contrary to the typical consolidation strategy in the hosting industry, MMH vendors may look to acquire SaaS firms as they evolve to become one-stop-shop providers of Web services.
Radware buys Strangeloop to add Web performance optimization to its portfolio
HITS Insight - February, 2013
Radware picks up a strategic piece of Web performance technology from Strangeloop Networks for a song, again illustrating that WPO is best offered as part of a larger portfolio of application performance and security services.
VMware moves to address storage performance challenges with Virsto buy
TDM Deal Analysis - February, 2013
VMware's purchase of the storage software startup highlights the issues that organizations are facing in cost-effectively solving IOPS challenges around VDI deployments in particular.
Radware buys Strangeloop to add Web performance optimization to its portfolio
TDM Deal Analysis - February, 2013
Radware picks up a strategic piece of Web performance technology from Strangeloop Networks for a song, again illustrating that WPO is best offered as part of a larger portfolio of application performance and security services.
Dell acquires Credant for whole-disk encryption
TDM Deal Analysis - December, 2012
Dell now owns the intellectual property rights to the disk encryption that it has long included on its existing workstations.
Claranet buys UK firm Star Technology, creating major European services leader
HITS Insight - November, 2012
The pan-European network operator and hoster acquired UK managed technology services provider Star Technology, creating a European managed services provider to be reckoned with.
Brocade vies for virtual networking velocity with Vyatta buy
TDM Deal Analysis - November, 2012
After making its own forays into SDN, networking hardware vendor Brocade dives deeper with the acquisition of virtual networking pioneer Vyatta.
EMC and RSA step up their antifraud game with Silver Tail Systems acquisition
TDM Deal Analysis - October, 2012
With behavioral analytics a hot commodity, RSA has gained a new system to enhance both of its security business units.
Continuing its M&A software push, Dell moves into 'big data' analytics via Kitenga buy
TDM Deal Analysis - October, 2012
Dell has hinted before that BI/analytics is a key growth opportunity and an area in which it has scant presence. That's no longer the case following the pickup of 'big data' consulting-turned-software firm Kitenga by its acquired Quest Software business.
TeleNav targets local mobile advertising with ThinkNear buy
TDM Deal Analysis - October, 2012
In only its second acquisition, LBS specialist TeleNav has reached for local mobile advertising startup ThinkNear for $22.5m. The deal is a creative expansion in mobile advertising for TeleNav, and could signal more M&A for the company in this sector.
ExactTarget moves from email to full-on marketing with Pardot, iGoDigital buys
TDM Deal Analysis - October, 2012
With the acquisition of Pardot, the company adds deep demand generation capability, while iGoDigital brings Web personalization. Is ExactTarget too late to the digital marketing table?
Microsoft reaches for multifactor partner PhoneFactor to shore up authentication
TDM Deal Analysis - October, 2012
Microsoft has announced the acquisition of its mobile multifactor authentication partner PhoneFactor as part of an effort to shore up its cloud and mobility offering.
Google stokes its social marketing flame with Wildfire pickup
TDM Deal Analysis - July, 2012
The latest social marketing acquisition shows that the big tech players are fine paying serious premiums to add social capabilities to their customer-facing portfolios. Can Wildfire make Google+ a hotter social platform?
Is mobile traffic optimization primed for consolidation?
TDM Sector IQ - June, 2012
Mobile traffic optimization is emerging as a viable solution to carriers' traffic troubles. But the tight market became even tighter after two recent acquisitions drained the pool of potential targets. Will acquirers move fast on the remaining vendors?
SanDisk sails into the database optimization space with Schooner acquisition
TDM Deal Analysis - June, 2012
The transaction further extends SanDisk's reach into enterprise performance acceleration. Will the vendor be able to build out the necessary reseller and integrated partnerships to introduce its flash storage and software to a broader market?
Microsoft goes social in a big way, spends $1.2bn on Yammer
TDM Deal Analysis - June, 2012
The software giant has picked up social networking capabilities with its reach for the startup. But will the acquired technology, which Microsoft plans to deploy broadly, actually bring the hoped-for returns? Skype offers a cautionary answer.
Constant Contact gambles on marketing automation with SinglePlatform buy
TDM Deal Analysis - June, 2012
Constant Contact is making an uncharacteristic move. Rather than build its own marketing automation product or purchase inexpensive assets, it is paying $65m for SinglePlatform. Although unlikely, the deal value could rise much higher.
Citrix joins growing mobile traffic management market with Bytemobile buy
TDM Deal Analysis - June, 2012
Citrix is acquiring Bytemobile in an attempt to connect the traffic and application management dots across enterprises, clouds and mobile operators.
Danaher adds VSS Monitoring to its Test & Measurement portfolio
TDM Deal Analysis - May, 2012
Danaher is buying VSS Monitoring to keep up with the evolution occurring in mobile and wireline networks. The deal is the second recent notable acquisition in this sector, but it's unlikely to be the last.
VMware adds physical endpoint management to EUC offerings with Wanova acquisition
TDM Deal Analysis - May, 2012
VMware continues to broaden its End-User Computing offerings by moving beyond managing virtual desktops.
Oracle follows the pack, buys online marketer Vitrue
TDM Deal Analysis - May, 2012
Following in the footsteps of competitors both old and new, Oracle is acquiring online and social media marketing startup Vitrue. The rich premium paid underscores the database giant's desire to become a marketing powerhouse.
EMC surges into flash array market with XtremIO buy
TDM Deal Analysis - May, 2012
With its latest acquisition, EMC has shown that it is still hungry for solid-state storage technology and Israeli engineering. Will the addition of XtremIO lead to more M&A in the flash array space?
Citrix boosts XenClient and XenDesktop with Virtual Computer acquisition
TDM Deal Analysis - May, 2012
After years of developing its own client hypervisor, the desktop delivery giant has picked up distributed virtual desktop management pioneer Virtual Computer.
IBM picks up Vivisimo to search for value in 'big data'
TDM Deal Analysis - April, 2012
Big Blue has announced the acquisition of enterprise search specialist Vivisimo, which it will use to provide federated discovery and navigation across its portfolio of database and data management technologies.
SAP expands its enterprise app portfolio with takeout of longtime partner Syclo
TDM Deal Analysis - April, 2012
SAP has expanded its app catalog with the purchase of Syclo and added a range of field worker task-based apps that integrate with several ERP and CRM applications. We discuss the impact of this deal on SAP's enterprise mobility strategy.
Dell boosts its desktop virtualization push with pickup of thin-client veteran Wyse
TDM Deal Analysis - April, 2012
Dell's M&A run continues as it enters the desktop space with the purchase of 'cloud client computing' company Wyse, a deal that should speed up Dell's transformation from a PC supplier to a more flexible desktop virtualization vendor.
Symantec aligns pieces of enterprise mobility puzzle with Nukona acquisition
TDM Deal Analysis - March, 2012
Symantec inks its second acquisition targeting the enterprise mobility market in less than a month. We discuss the drivers and how this move fits into the company's vision for enterprise mobility.
ManTech mans up in security software, nabs cyber-security specialist HBGary
TDM Deal Analysis - March, 2012
ManTech marks its first security software acquisition of 2012 with the purchase of HBGary's assets. But while the company gets its hands on some coveted high-end security technology, we suspect that it didn't have to pay too much of a premium.
In the latest e-discovery pairing, Guidance Software buys CaseCentral
TDM Deal Analysis - February, 2012
Guidance has made a major move into the cloud and attorney review markets by purchasing e-discovery software vendor CaseCentral for $17.1m in up-front consideration plus an additional $33m in contingent consideration.
2012 M&A Outlook - Internet infrastructure
HITS Insight - January, 2012
2012 M&A Outlook – Hosting and managed services
TDM Others - January, 2012
As part of our end-of-year series of M&A analysis, we look at the deals that mattered in 2011 and assess the prospects for the next 12 months in the hosting and managed services sector. Where will we see acquisitions, and who might be involved?
DeskStream buys WorldDesk, becomes WorldDesk
TDM Deal Analysis - January, 2012
Virtual desktop integration startup DeskStream is acquiring Irish VDI firm WorldDesk and adopting the target's name.
Internap rings in the New Year with acquisition of Voxel
TDM Deal Analysis - January, 2012
Atlanta-based hosting, cloud, datacenter and CDN provider Internap Network Services recently announced that it has picked up New York City-based Voxel dot Net for $30m in cash.
Virtustream's Enomaly buy shines a light on its cloud ambition
MIS Market Development - January, 2012
The company will sell its cloud software as an enablement platform, and incorporate SpotCloud into an xStream Exchange.
Internap acquires Voxel dot Net
HITS Insight - January, 2012
Akamai buys present for itself, nets Cotendo for $268m
TDM Deal Analysis - December, 2011
In a move that again shows Akamai Technologies, the dominant player in the CDN space, acting as consolidator, the company has announced that it is acquiring competing CDN services provider Cotendo. Akamai will pay $268m in cash for the younger Cotendo.
SaaS in high demand as IBM bags DemandTec
TDM Deal Analysis - December, 2011
Big Blue is buying 'big data' supply-chain management vendor DemandTec for a half-billion dollars. While DemandTec is getting attention for the per-share premium IBM offered, other public SaaS firms are also benefiting from the sector's growing interest.
Progress adds rules engine to RPM offerings with Corticon buy
TDM Deal Analysis - December, 2011
With the purchase of the business rules engine software vendor, Progress adds a business rules engine to its Responsive Process Management suite.
NICE adds to performance management capabilities with Merced acquisition
TDM Deal Analysis - December, 2011
NICE Systems is shelling out $150m for Merced Systems in a move to add performance management software to its contact-center suite.
Back to Deutschland: Oakley Capital acquires intergenia
TDM Deal Analysis - November, 2011
Oakley Capital has made another move in the German hosting market, this time scooping up a 51% stake in intergenia for $54m.

 

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