Winner and Losers of the Milestone Deal

Author: John Honovich, Published on Jun 16, 2014

An industry changing event.

Canon's acquisition of Milestone will impact the industry for years to come.

But who fared the best and worst from the deal?

Here are our picks:

Winners

  • Canon
  • Milestone's Share Holders
  • Milestone's VMS Competitors

Losers

  • Milestone's Employees
  • Axis
  • The Open Platform
  • Surveillance Users

The Paradox

Milestone's financial performance has always lagged its sizeable strategic importance within the video surveillance market. This paradox helps explain the Canon deal and why Milestone's future is likely to be anything but independent.

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Comments (27)

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* ****** ***** ***, ********* ********* **** ****** ** ** the "********* ** ***".

***********, ********* *** *** *** ******** ** ***.

***** *******. **** ***.

****** **** ********** *******, * *** *** ***** ***** **** Enterprise ******* *** *** **** ***** ** *******.

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** *** **** *** *** *****? *** *** *** ********* Executives *** ***** ******. * ******* *** ******* ******* **** be *** ***-***** *** **** ******* **** **** **********, ****** sales ******* *** ******/**** ********** *******. ***-***** ***’* ** ***** and ********* **** ****** ** * **** ***.

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