A preliminary glance at the IT vendor landscape over the past year would lead many to think it was much like the year before it, with consolidation the over-arching theme.
Mergers and acquisitions again dominated headlines, as shown by the Lucent-Alcatel merger, Symantec's purchase of ImLogic, Oracle's takeover of Siebel, or Hewlett-Packard bringing asset management specialist Peregrine and storage management firm AppIQ into the corporate fold. These power plays were replicated further down the chain and across virtually all industry segments.
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