FLASHBACK SLIDESHOW: Hottest tech M&A deals of 2008

Our running list of buyouts and mergers in IT for the year.

Nimsoft and Indicative -- BUYER: Nimsoft, vendor of service-level management software ACQUISITION: Indicative Software, a maker of business service management software WHEN: April PRICE: Undisclosed, cash and stock WHY: To deliver a more complete performance and availability management offering. Company officials say the firms complement each other in that one's software is agentless, the other agent-based; one company is mid-market focused, the other targets large scale rollouts.

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