CHAPTER 11

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Federation

Recent research performed by Quocirca confirms that many businesses now have more external users who interact with enterprise applications than internal ones. In Europe, 58% of businesses transact directly with users from other firms and/or consumers. In the UK alone, the figure is 65%.

If you look at recent history, most enterprises today grow via acquisitions, mergers, and partnerships. In the United States alone, the volume of mergers and acquisitions totaled $865.1 billion in the first nine months of 2013, according to Dealogic. That’s a 39 percent increase over the same period of the previous year, and the highest nine-month ...

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