To continue to be healthy, an enterprise software vendor either needs a defendable niche or a large market share. For the latter, acquisitions are often required to grow and prosper. With revenue streams shifting from new accounts to up- and cross-sales to existing customers, software support and services, a large customer base is the key to continued health.
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suspect behemoths on your list, given many recent success stories of nimble, highly focused vendors in certain markets, whose ROI has been much more tangible and faster than those of large generalist providers. Ignoring these would only defeat the purpose of a due diligence, and would only nurture creation of a few complacent, large vendors' oligopolies. Yet, even if you are comfortable with your vendor's merger, you may want to take an aggressive negotiating stance, given the vendor will likely be more a