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March 2007 Archives

Gartner just released its post event recap from the Business Intelligence Summit in London. I thouhgt you might find these interesting:

1. For the second year running, BI features as the #1 technology priority for CIOs in the
Gartner annual EXP CIO Survey.

2. BI is ‘stepping up’ and is becoming a stand-alone corporate function, like HR or
Marketing.

3. Strategic Planning Assumption: By 2010, more than 50% of global 2000 companies
and government agencies with cross-enterprise, strategic BI initiatives will have
formed BI competency centers (0.7 probability).

4. Establishing a Business Intelligence Competency Center is the key enabler and the
steering committee for a corporate-wide BI initiative.

5. Strategic Planning Assumption: By 2010, 40% of Global 1000 organizations will
support a broad and diverse performance management initiative. However, you
cannot just ‘buy’ performance management. It needs to be tied into the
organization’s business strategy and culture.

6. The market for BI solutions will continue to see healthy growth, with a forecasted
9.7% growth per year until 2010.

7. The pure-play BI platform vendors that dominate the market today will increasingly
be challenged by the mega application vendors.

8. New BI and CPM offerings and delivery models will emerge and vendor consolidation
will continue.

9. Make data quality a business problem, not an IT problem. Start by investing in data
profiling technology.

10. Through the increasingly pervasive use of BI, the number of potential users will be
reaching millions, by including suppliers, partners and customers, not just employees.

Tags: business intelligence, Gartner, CPM, Performance management, pervasive bi


Posted March 8, 2007 9:22 AM
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Ok, so the cats out of the bag. Now what? Are we seeing the beginning of a major consolidation phase in the business intelligence markets. As most of you know it has been listed as the top technology priority by most major corporations so if there was ever a time to build your solutions portfolio I would guess its now. Will the biggest IT players in the marketplace be able to stay on the sidelines or does Oracle's move force everyones' hand?

Who will buy who next?

IBM buys Cognos?
HP buys BO?
Or does Microsoft shift gears and buy its way deeper into the BI space?

Will the consolidation make players like Kalido and SAS even stronger as companies with heterogenous environments find the markets solutions less open?

Lots of questions, this should be an interesting time for the business intelligence arena.

UPDATE: Read Colin White's Coverage

Tags: Oracle, Hyperion, Business Intelligence, IBM, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, HP, Business Objects, Cognos, SAS, Kalido


Posted March 1, 2007 9:49 AM
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Well the rumors have circulated for longer than any of us can remember but it appears that it is finally true. Oracle is buying Hyperion, CNN is reporting that the deal is worth over 3 Billion dollars.

Hyperion (Charts) shares closed on Wednesday at $42.84, giving the company a market value of about $2.53 billion based on reported shares outstanding. Oracle (Charts) shares closed at $16.43.

Oracle will pay $52 a share in cash for each Hyperion share, which represents a 21 percent premium over Wednesday's closing price. Shares rose by virtually the same amount in early electronic trading.

This is sure to send ripples of concern through the market and will more than likely force the hands of other companies rumored to be looking at business intelligence acquisitions.

Others covering the story:
Mark Rittman

Chris Webb's BI Blog

The New York Times

Tag: Oracle, Hyperion, Merger, Business Intelligence


Posted March 1, 2007 8:03 AM
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