On July 21, I got a surprising email from Stephanie Clark - IBM's Analyst Relations person. In it, she states that IBM and Hyperion are ending their OEM agreement and each company will go its merry way. Read on -- it gets even stranger.
Bottom line from the email? IBM will no longer offer new sales of DB2 OLAP Server (IBM's version of Hyperion's Essbase) to its customers. Current DB2 OLAP Server customers have the opportunity to migrate to Hyperion's version of Essbase as of July 21st.
And, in a strange twist, Hyperion just announced that it and IBM will work together to deliver new industry and technology solutions and services. The two companies will focus on joint solutions that integrate Hyperionâ€™s financial applications and Business Intelligence software with IBMâ€™s infrastructure software products and Business Consulting Services. A direct quote from IBM: "By working more closely together, Hyperion and IBM will offer clients flexible and more powerful methods to optimize business performance,â€ť said Nancy Thomas, partner in IBMâ€™s Business Consulting Services.
My, my -- Maybe Hyperion did not get the message or perhaps IBM is trying to figure out how to play nice with newly minted competitors given it now owns AlphaBlox. Hard to say...
I welcome your input on this conundrum.
Yours in BI Success,
Posted July 26, 2005 7:57 PM
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