There has been some back and forth over whether the recent spate of IT acquisitions is trend or merely a string of coincidences. Thanks to today’s news that HP is buying automation vendor Stratavia, you can put me in the trend camp. Apart from Dell, HP and IBM buying like crazy, we’ve also seen smaller companies like Quest Software padding their product portfolios, and talk is rampant about who’s next on Oracle’s hit list. EMC bought Greenplum last month. Cloud computing and big data tie all these purchases together. It’s all about scalability, automation and analytics, and how they all fit together.