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Falling Sales and Promise of Emerging Markets Lead to Billion Dollar Acquisitions in Cash

By Farah Saeed, Principal Consultant This has been an exciting week in the energy sector as two major stories on acquisitions continue to develop. Exelon recently announced the agreement to purchase Pepco Holdings for $6.8 billion in cash and GE announced the intent to purchase Alstom for $13.5 billion in cash as well. Pepco acquisition is a remi...

Strategy on Wire

The 2008 documentary Man on Wire chronicles French high-wire artist Philippe Petit’s legendary walk between the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers shortly after their completion. Viewers lose themselves in Petit’s excitement, as he recounts (in dizzying detail) how he pulled off (and lived to tell of) “le coup.” The film happens to be on many “best o...

Post-Earth Day Resolution: To Marketize Environmental Decisions

Every Earth Day is a reminder of how far we have come in protecting the environment that keeps us alive in this “ultimate closed-loop system,” namely our planet.   But Earth Day also serves as a stark reminder of how far yet we have to go in removing the threats we have created to the survival of our species, and others. And, more seriously, how w...

Commercial UASs in the Energy Sector

Small UASs will eventually be widely used to inspect several areas where energy is generated and distributed such as gas pipelines, large solar panel arrays, powerlines and towers, etc. See my comments in a related New York Times article here. ...

Is Privacy Possible in a Smart City? Personal anonymity in The Internet of Things

Flash forward 20, 50, 100 years; whatever it takes for us to get to the Internet of Things. A fully realized integration of the physical environment with a virtual map that tracks, analyzes, predicts, and corrects our environment to optimize and personalize each individual’s experience every day. We will take as given the sensing equipment and data...

Why a non-neutral net is bad for absolutely everyone. Short term vs. long term thinking illustrated

Net neutrality guarantees the ability of all organizations to operate competitively on the Internet. Non-neutrality on the Internet allows Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to enter into contracts with companies or organizations to deliver their content preferentially. One example of this behavior is between Comcast and Netflix, who have entered in...

Siemens joins hands with Intel's McAfee to service industrial cyber-security market

Following up earlier post, where the industry saw the acquisition of Industrial Defender by Lockheed Martin, this announcement comes as a 'no-brainer'. As the cyber-security for critical infrastructure (CI) market starts seeing more growth and adoption, solution providers are aggressively looking to position themselves in order to effectively capit...


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