Compliance Fuels Security, Systems Acquisitions
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Security Compliance requirements are fueling convergence between systems management and security markets, highlighted by several acquisitions over the last few years, experts said. Last Wednesday, Altiris agreed to acquire Pedestal Software for threat management for $65 million. BMC filled an important gap in an existing identity management product line by buying OpenNetwork for $18 million. Novell shored up its resource management and IT asset management suite by moving in on Tally Systems for an undisclosed sum.

While the three purchases don't seem to have much in common other than an effort to broaden management software portfolios, the deals were perhaps fueled by larger business governance mandates, such as Sarbanes-Oxley, SEC 17a-4 and HIPAA, according to Burton Group analyst Phil Schacter.

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