Technology in general, and software in particular, have become inherent in so many businesses, says Alan Peyrat, a partner at the Riverside Co. “It’s hard to find a company today where tech is not a major piece of the business.” Private equity firms are racing to acquire tech targets, as innovations, including Software-as-a-Service, cloud computing and cybersecurity, are expected to drive M&A throughout the middle market in 2017. Here’s a look at the tech investment strategy of generalist Riverside, as well as the strategies of three tech-focused middle-market firms that have raised recent private equity funds.

The Riverside Co.

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