News Factor: In Surprise Move, Siebel Acquires UpShot

Rumors had been circulating for months that Siebel (Nasdaq: SEBL) was planning to build its own hosted version of its CRM software, and with great fanfare, the company introduced its “OnDemand” service — a joint effort with IBM (NYSE: IBM) — earlier this month. Wednesday afternoon though, Siebel successfully blindsided the market with the announcement it was acquiring the assets and customer base of UpShot — one of the would-be rivals to Siebel OnDemand. At the same time, Siebel also announced it was acquiring the assets of Motiva, an incentive-management software company.
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