There are some acquisitions within the Identity space that come as no surprise. For example, when Sun acquired Vaau as a knee-jerk reaction to Oracle’s acquisition of BridgeStream (sorry, I had to get that jibe in), it came as no surprise. Equally, as the other independent role management vendors get bought up, that will be expected also. The only slight surprises may come from who buys who.
However, every now and again a complete left field acquisition shocks the industry. This occurred at RSA with Hitachi announcing it had bought a major share in M-Tech. Everyone seems to be talking about it. Burton, Digital ID World, Dave Kearns, Bruce Schneier etc.
What next, Amstrad buying Courion? 🙂