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The 10 Biggest Tech M&A Deals Of 2021

Rick Whiting

From CDW’s $2.5 billion purchase of Sirius Computer Solutions and the merger of distributors Tech Data and Synnex to create an IT distribution powerhouse, here’s a look at the biggest tech corporate mergers and acquisitions that reshaped the IT industry and the channel in 2021.

10. Oracle Bets On Health Care With $28.3B Cerner Acquisition

Just as 2021 was drawing to a close, software giant Oracle reached an agreement to buy electronic medical records and health care IT services company Cerner for $28.3 billion in an all-cash deal of $95 per share. The companies expect to complete the acquisition in 2022.

The acquisition will expand Oracle’s already considerable presence in the healthcare IT and data management and analytics arena and creates opportunities for its partners. Cerner, based in North Kansas City, Mo., had 2020 revenue of $5.5 billion, according to the company’s website.

Once the acquisition is completed Cerner will become one of Oracle’s industry business units, which already include financial services, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, hospitality, retail, manufacturing, construction, and government. Oracle plans to make its hands-free Voice Digital Assistant system the front-end to Cerner’s clinical systems.

The acquisition is the largest in Oracle’s history, far surpassing the company’s $10.5 billion acquisition of PeopleSoft in 2005, the $8.5 billion acquisition of BEA Systems in 2008, the $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems in 2010 and the $9.3 billion acquisition of NetSuite in 2016.

 
Rick Whiting

Rick Whiting has been with CRN since 2006 and is currently a feature/special projects editor. Whiting manages a number of CRN’s signature annual editorial projects including Channel Chiefs, Partner Program Guide, Big Data 100, Emerging Vendors, Tech Innovators and Products of the Year. He also covers the Big Data beat for CRN. He can be reached at rwhiting@thechannelcompany.com.

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