S&P Global’s $44bn acquisition of IHS Markit was the technology industry’s biggest big data deal of Q4 2020 as big data deals worth $60.52bn were announced globally in the quarter, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 24.8% over the previous quarter of $80.43bn and a rise of 36.6% when compared with the last four-quarter average of $44.32bn.

In terms of number of big data deals, the sector saw a rise of 11.31% over the last four-quarter average with 551 deals against the average of 495 deals.

In value terms, North America led the activity with big data deals worth $48.8bn.

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By GlobalData

technology industry big data deals in Q4 2020: Top deals

The top five technology industry big data deals accounted for 86.2% of the overall value during Q4 2020.

The combined value of the top five big data deals stood at $52.13bn, against the overall value of $60.52bn recorded for the quarter.

The top five technology industry big data deals of Q4 2020 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) S&P Global’s $44bn acquisition of IHS Markit

2) The $3.2bn acquisition of by Twilio

3) Advent International and James M. Peck’s $2.7bn private equity deal with Nielsen

4) The $1.25bn private equity deal with Vantage Data Centers Management LLC by Digital Colony Partners

5) WCM Investment Management’s private equity with Amadeus IT Group for $984.44m.