February 26, 2013 – Enterprise software and IT deals in cloud, social, mobility and advanced analytics are expected to attract the most attention again this year. But the focus of those mergers and acquisitions is narrowing, leading to fewer deals at lesser value compared with a few years ago, according to a new industry forecast from advisory PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The number of mergers and acquisitions were up slightly in 2012 compared with the previous year, but down in value by nearly 20 percent. PwC anticipates more of the same with transaction volume and value in 2013, though with refined areas of buyouts in the hyped areas of mobility, social networks and collaboration, cloud computing, and big data and advanced analytics.

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