Tibco confirms it is exploring 'strategic and financial alternatives'

Potential acquirers of the software vendor include SAP, Hewlett-Packard and even Infosys, according to one analyst

Tibco's board of directors has begun a review of "strategic and financial alternatives," which presumably include a sale, the middleware vendor has confirmed following a news report of its plans.

The board has appointed a committee of independent directors to conduct the review, which began Aug. 16, Tibco said late Wednesday.

The disclosure came about a month after the Wall Street Journal reported Tibco was in early talks about a sale and approaching potential buyers, which included private-equity firms.

"Following a detailed evaluation over the past several months, we have determined that it is prudent to undertake a wide review of strategic and financial options to see which alternative or alternatives, including our standalone plans, are in fact the best way to maximize shareholder value," CEO Vivek Ranadivé said in a statement.

Although Tibco's revenue has grown this year, its stock price has fallen as the company missed analyst estimates and profits dipped.

Tibco sells a wide range of middleware and has been building out its analytics business, which includes the Spotfire data-discovery tool that competes with the likes of Tableau. Earlier this year, Tibco acquired commercial open source BI (business intelligence) vendor Jaspersoft.

Rumors of a Tibco sale have swirled on-and-off for years, with SAP often pegged as a potential buyer.

That outcome "still makes sense," said Holger Mueller, vice president and principal analyst with Constellation Research. SAP's NetWeaver middleware didn't achieve the success the company had hoped for and the addition of Tibco's product set would give it "credibility in the middleware space," Mueller said.

SAP is centering development efforts around the Hana in-memory computing platform, which remains "very database-centric," Mueller said.

In addition, Spotfire is Tibco's "crown jewel" and would complement SAP's Business Objects analytics family, he added.

Hewlett-Packard could be another buyer for Tibco, as it has a "similar problem" to SAP's with a lack of middleware, Mueller said. With Tibco, HP can make a better case to customers that they should build their applications on its cloud, he said.

Systems integrators with ambitions of building products -- such as Infosys, which is now led by former SAP technology chief Vishal Sikka -- are also potential buyers, according to Mueller.

Less likely buyers for Tibco would be Oracle and IBM, which have ample supplies of middleware already. If either did make such a move, it might be more to remove a competitor from the table.

Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris' email address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Blog Posts

How to become the customer experience custodian

The number one objective enterprises give for embarking on a digital transformation is to improve customer experiences with new engagement models, according to IDC’s 2017 global study.

Fear not: It's only a robot

Every time I pass through the automated border controls at the Sydney airport I walk away with a feeling of exasperation on the one hand and relief on the other. Exasperation, because the face recognition technology inevitably always fails to recognise me. Relief, because we seem to be safely years away from the Orwellian reality of states controlling every aspect of our lives; something the media is keenly warning us against each day.

Dan Kalinski

CEO, iProspect Australia and New Zealand

To DMP or not to DMP?

There are plenty of brands that can benefit from plugging into a data management platform. But should you engage an agency to run one or bring it in-house?

Ben Willee and Richard Taylor

Spinach Advertising

I worked at Momentum when the transformation started way back in 2013 (not 2015 as stated in the article). It was a painfully slow and co...

Jay

How Momentum Energy has transformed its entire business to be customer-led

Read more

Another buzzword thoughtlessly latched onto, without any thought for the implications on the organisations that have to lumber through th...

Tired

Rolling out agile marketing at Deakin

Read more

Useful., also don’t miss out on these 5 features of Adobe Experience Cloud - Visit here > http://www.softcrylic.com/b...

Sunil Joseph

Adobe debuts Advertising Cloud, Experience Cloud

Read more

the systems that run these things are teachable just like a car, theres stuff still yet to come out to bring up the automation grade, b...

Magnus Robert Carl Wootton

Fear not: It's only a robot - Big data delivery - CMO Australia

Read more

Marin Software’s digital marketing solution as a short way of streamlining and finding a scalable solution...

Al Drazhev

How BizCover is boosting search advertising success

Read more

Latest Podcast

More podcasts

Sign in