Contact: Tejas Venkatesh
Continuing to acquire software companies that target specific industry verticals, Oracle on Thursday announced the acquisition of smart energy meter analytics vendor DataRaker. The enterprise software giant has used M&A to buy its way into specific markets such as retail, financial services, healthcare and energy.
Five-year-old DataRaker provides smart energy meter analytics that enable utilities to integrate smart grid systems and analyze the resulting flood of new data. The software also helps utilities diagnose problems, forecast demand and detect tampering. Oracle’s purchase comes almost exactly a year after Siemens bought DataRaker rival eMeter for an estimated $200m. However, the two energy startups differ in one key area: DataRaker appears to have raised no outside funding, while eMeter took in a fair amount of venture capital.
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