The 10 Biggest Acquisitions Of 2012


7. IBM Buys Kenexa For $1.3 Billion

Big Blue continued its steady stream of software-related acquisitions this year, with the crown jewel being the $1.3 billion addition of Kenexa. A cloud-based software maker, Kenexa specializes in recruiting and talent management applications, which IBM hopes will strengthen the company's social business and human resources offerings while also keeping it competitive in the cloud-based software market against the likes of Oracle (see next slide) and SAP.