Acquisitions and partnerships seem to be the standard for today’s BI market. The pure-play vendors (Actuate, Business Objects, Cognos, MicroStrategy, Information Builders and SAS Institute) are fighting a three-front war. Pure plays are feeling bottom-up pressure from the database vendors, such as Oracle and Microsoft, and top-down pressure from the application vendors, such as SAP. Database vendor Oracle acquired pure-play vendor Hyperion Solutions and application vendor Siebel Systems. Meanwhile, small vendors with attractive price points and innovative technology are also being swallowed up. ProClarity and Applix can be taken off the small vendor list as they have been acquired by Microsoft and Cognos respectively.
Is Informatica the next to be acquired? The author of this article believes so:
It seems the winner in the BI market will be the one that can integrate all these technologies into a single platform. Microsoft wants to take the market by storm with the release of its latest product, PerformancePoint Server 2007 (PPS). It focuses on Monitoring, Analytics, and Planning. I’ve been fortunate enough to be working with this product since May 2007 in its pre-release form. I plan on posting many entries on this exciting new software in the near future.