Xactly Acquires Centive
Xactly’s announcement today that it is acquiring Centive is another indication of the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) industry shakeout and consolidation I predicted would occur in 2009.
Xactly and Centive have been fierce competitors in the sales performance management (SPM) market with both offering pure SaaS alternatives to traditional on-premise software applications.
While both companies were growing as a result of accelerating customer interest and adoption of SaaS, they also found themselves competing more with each other than the established players. Rather than continue to fight one another, they decided to combine forces to better position themselves and capitalize on growing customer demand.
This decision was especially timely given the challenges of today’s economic climate and intensifying competition.
While both companies offer solid solutions with compelling value-propositions, combining their technical capabilities and eliminating the costs of continued head-to-head competition can strengthen Xactly’s position as ‘legacy’ software players escalate their own SaaS efforts.
You can expect to see more mergers and acquisitions of head-to-head competitors in other segments of the SaaS market as these players recognize that they must combine forces to survive.