I got a press release yesterday announcing SAP's acquisition of Business Objects. Clearly, what had been a series of successive acquisitons of componentry in the BI space is appearing to be a successful business strategy in terms of market capitalization and establishing value in the process of "gussying up" for the big wedding. What is interesting about SAP's acquisition of BOBJ is that SAP's previous acquisitons have tended to be on a lower scale, giving the impression that they were less interested in a purchase of this scale in terms of a technology capture. However, this appears to be a nice fit, especially as business performance and productivity emerges as the next hot spot in the BI space.
Incorporating the BOBJ suite with SAP's offerings provides a path for their transition away from the "monolithic" approach and a little more towards democratization; BOBJ's own previous purchases include ETL (Acta), data quality (FirstLogic), and reporting/delivery (Crystal) will add a distinctive layer to SAP's existing software prominence.
Posted October 8, 2007 5:47 AM
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