A ray of sunshine for cloud CPM M&A

As corporate performance management (CPM) software heads to the cloud, the market looks primed for further acquisitions as it enters a new phase. A pair of pioneers – Host Analytics and Anaplan – in the space are developing into IPO candidates, while the legacy vendors have begun to make deals to expand their SaaS capabilities.

Last month saw Marlin Equity Partners-backed Longview Solutions pick up Tidemark Systems for its cloud-first design and ability to run on Hadoop. And a year ago UNIT4 reached for cloud CPM provider prevero. Turning to cloud applications for financial planning, consolidation, modeling and reporting has become commonplace. No longer are cloud CPM applications delivered by specialists only – they are widely deployed and becoming a bedrock enterprise application. As that continues, we anticipate that a broader set of software firms will explore acquisitions in this market, not just those like Longview and UNIT4 that already have a presence in CPM.

In particular, vendors with a footprint in the ERP segment could be drawn to the space because of the complementary nature of ERP and CPM. We view Infor, Oracle and SAP as potential buyers in this market for that reason. Subscribers to 451 Research's Market Insight Service can access a report with more details on those acquirers as well as other potential targets.

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