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Thursday 13 June 2019

Dassault Systèmes invests in Medidata analytics

logoIt’s a month for major analytics acquisitions. Dassault Systemes is the latest to join the party with the announcement of an agreement to acquire US life sciences specialist Medidata Solutions. At $5.8bn it will be Dassault’s largest acquisition. Salesforce recently announced its largest planned acquisition, of visualisation and analytics provider Tableau, while Google is paying up for analytics data platform Looker.

Medidata provides software to life sciences companies, supporting back office operations but particularly providing analytics capability for clinical trial data. Last year revenue rose 17% to $635.7m with net income of $51.9m, so it will contribute to Dassault’s growth from 2020 (the transaction is expected to close in Q4). Medidata will enable Dassault to expand its offering and take it deeper into the life sciences market. It will also play a part in Dassault’s strategy to diversify and the company describes the move as a logical evolution of the scope of what it does in life sciences and in connecting the physical and digital worlds.

A common thread across the Dassault, Salesforce and Looker acquisitions is the connecting of people, data and ideas via a platform approach. It's a theme that will continue to play out. 

Posted by Angela Eager at '09:53' - Tagged: acquisition   software   analytics   digitaltransformation  

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