Even with more software acquisitions and mergers in 2012 compared with the year prior, their overall value dropped $14 billion, though there were market strengths in infrastructure and specialty offerings, according to a recap of software M&A transactions by Berkery Noyes.

In all, there were 1,529 transactions last year, a 1 percent increased from 2011, though deal values fell by almost one-fifth in 2012 from the previous year, hitting $66.6 billion, according to the merger tracking and consulting firm. The bulk of 2012 deals (58 percent) fell between the range of $2.7 million and $33.1 million. The number of private equity firms dipping their toes in software transactions increased in 2012 from the previous two years, but only slightly, and strategic vendor acquisitions still ruled in volume (85 percent) and value (72 percent), Berkery Noyes wrote.

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