After a relative lull, last month saw a revival of action in the acquisition space. Microsoft, under the leadership of Satya Nadella, acquired LinkedIn, Symantec agreed to buy Blue Coat and Thoma Bravo, a private equity investment firm, acquired Qlik. Though all these have happened in the same month and all are in the IT space, the reasons for acquisitions seem to be vastly different. Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella told The Wall Street Journal, “It’s really the coming together of the professional cloud and the professional network.” With Microsoft’s thrust on the Office Productivity Suite & CRM, a lot of their target users are already on LinkedIn. This gives them something that they always wanted but never really had – A social/ professional network that their users could identify with. So, to my mind, this acquisition is to gain access to new markets for existing products. On the other hand, Symantec’s acquisition of Blue Coat is for product augmentation and Qlik’s sale seems to be more of a financial investment than anything else. Each of these reasons, is good enough to believe that this trend of mergers and acquisitions will continue. As long as the customers are benefitted, no one is complaining!