Microsoft Buys LinkedIn for $26.2 Billion: Get Ready for Software Vendors as Data Owners
Customer Experience Matrix
JUNE 13, 2016
It still feels odd to think of a software company owning a data business, although Salesforce.com bought Jigsaw (now Data.com) in 2010 and Oracle purchased the BlueKai and Datalogix in 2014. Other vendors like Nimble and HubSpot have done a better job of simplifying access to third party data about an individual or company. That would force other CRM and marketing automation vendors to follow suit, although it's hard to imagine them matching the depth of LinkedIn's data.