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IBM Buys Sterling Commerce From AT&T for $1.4 Billion

AT&T didn’t get much of a return on its dotcom-era acquisition of Sterling Commerce. The carrier, whose predecessor, SBC Communications, bought Sterling for $3.9 billion in stock back in 2000, sold the business-to-business services provider to IBM today for about $1.4 billion in cash.

Evidently, now that Sterling is, in the words of an AT&T (T) spokesperson, “no longer core to AT&T’s long-term strategic objectives,” the carrier was happy to unload it, even at a loss.

And that loss, of course, is IBM’s (IBM) gain. Sterling, whose global client list is about 18,000 strong, is certain to bolster IBM’s presence in the business-to-business market and aid Big Blue’s efforts to transform itself into a global business services company.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik