Compuware was cited by multiple bankers as a likely acquisition target. Recent reports suggest that there's buyout interest in the enterprise software company. Although Compuware spurned Elliott's propositions, there's said be private equity interest.
Jeffery Bistrong of Harris Williams predicts that there could be consolidation amongst Compuware and others in this space, which includes Red Hat (RHT) and CA (CA). "They haven't been able to innovate rapidly enough to differentiate themselves," says Bistrong in a phone interview. "They have tried to be acquisitive with next generation cloud based solutions," but the company hasn't succeeded. Competitor BMC Software (BMC) is now in play, with recently revelations that BMC may be offered a multi-billion take private deal.Software is expected to continue to see a lot of acquisitions, as the industry has seen substantial M&A activity in recent years. The outlook for deals remains strong, with Bozdog saying "software is likely to be a very busy sector" this year. --Written by Katie Roof in New York--