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This week, Deloitte expanded its cybersecurity assets with Sentek Global. Datavant and Ciox Health announced their major merge in the health data industry. And Shutterstock bought three AI platforms to prepare for its launch of Shutterstock.AI.
Deloitte gained military cybersecurity firm Sentek Global
Deloitte has announced its acquisition of military cybersecurity firm Sentek.
Sentek has access to multiple Governmentwide Acquisition Contracts (GWAC) and Multiple Award Contracts (MAC) for federal agencies, including the Department of Defense.
The company is based in San Diego, and will expand Deloitte’s existing presence in that area while bolstering its systems engineering capabilities and cyber offerings to other military branches and federal agencies.
The acquisition comes shortly after Deloitte bought TransientX, a zero-trust network access company. TransientX comes with cloud-native application networking technology that is set to be integrated with Deloitte’s zero trust offerings and solutions.
Deloitte has not disclosed the financial details for either of the two acquisitions.
Datavant is merging with Ciox Health, another big move in health data consolidation
Ciox Health is merging with Datavant in a deal which values the combined health data companies at $7 billion.
Following the deal, the combined company Datavant will be the nation’s largest health data ecosystem with a network of more than 2,000 U.S. Hospitals and 15,000 clinics.
The move follows a string of consolidations in the health data industry. In December, Cerner acquired the health division of Kantar Group for $375 million, and in February Truveta was formed out of 14 health systems.
The deal is expected to close in the third quarter of 2021.
Shutterstock.AI acquired Pattern89, DataSine, Shotzr
Shutterstock, a global provider of stock photography, music and editing tools, announced the acquisition of three leading artificial intelligence platforms, Pattern89, Datasine, and Shotzr, ahead of its release of Shutterstock.AI.
Pattern89 focuses on “predicting creative performance” with marketing AI. Datasine provides an AI platform that generates advertisements. And Shotzr’s product AdScore AI enables automation, targeting and optimization for ad tech.
Shutterstock intends to integrate the technology from these three acquisitions into Shutterstock.AI to develop its own predictive performance capabilities.
Through Shutterstock.AI, the company will be able to commercialize its massive content library with AI insights. According to Shutterstock, the total price for the three AI companies was approximately $35 million.
In Other News
Other notable events from this week include:
- Twitter has hired the startup team behind Brief, a news aggregator and summary service. According to TechCrunch, the team from Brief will join Twitter’s Experience.org group, which will work on projects that support public conversations across Twitter’s social media platforms like Explore and Twitter Spaces.
- The Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) has announced its acquisition of Teradici, a remote access software that provides cloud-based computing capabilities from any PC, Mac, Chromebook, or tablet.
- Commercial real estate services and investment firm CBRE Group is acquiring a 60% majority stake in Turner & Townsend for $1.3 billion.
- Auto parts producer Magna International Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire automotive safety electronics company Veoneer in an all-cash transaction with an estimated equity value around $3.8 billion.
- Ad tech company Taboola has announced its acquisition of Connexity, one of the largest e-commerce media platforms.
- Seven years after acquiring Tibco Software for $4.3 billion, Vista is now looking to sell the enterprise data company for $7.5 billion or more.
- Vox Media, the publisher of media properties including New York magazine, The Verge, Grub Street, and Eater is reported to be considering several offers to take the company public through a SPAC deal.
- Financial services company known for offering commission-free trades of stocks and exchange-traded funds through its mobile app, Robinhood Markets Inc.’s, initial public offering priced 55 million shares this past Wednesday at $38 a share, raising $2.1 billion.