E2open’s icon-scm Acquisition: History, SAP Impact, and Ariba Linkages [Plus+]

In our initial coverage of E2open’s latest corporate development undertaking, I discussed the recently announced E2open acquisition of icon-scm at a high level and foreshadowed something deeper. In other words, the acquisition is not just a story of a large best-of-breed player picking up a deeper niche provider in a similar industry (to gain new customers and new technology). It’s also a tale that starts with SAP many years ago. I will tell it quickly and bring us back to E2open and some recommendations for clients of these providers, as my analysis concludes.

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