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October 2007
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Musings on the Business Intelligence Industry

Those rumors about Business Objects were right. These sparked some interesting discussions on the Data Doghouse recently, as well as more commentary with Vincent McBurney and Darren Cunningham.

See below for more on the acquisition, as well as some thoughts on what might happen with Cognos.

Many thanks to those in the Boston area who attended our second TDWI Boston chapter meeting. We heard Jeff Fried of FAST and Dave Mohr of Pentaho speak, and listened to a lively panel discussion on emerging (and fading) BI technologies with Jeff, Dave, Cliff Longman (CTO, Kalido) and Mannie Goldberg (NSTAR). Many thanks to Fidelity for the terrific meeting room with a view of Boston Harbor.

I had to laugh when I was referred to as a "grizzled veteran" in this interview on Master Data Management(MDM) in TDWI's Business Intelligence News. Does this mean I'm old? Rick Sherman

Rick Sherman, Athena IT Solutions


Is Cognos Next?

Speculation surrounding Business Objects ended when SAP announced that its plans to acquire it for $6.8 billion. Who's next? It appears investors have voted by raising Cognos (COGN) stock 13.6% October 8 on trading volume of 6 million shares versus its average of 1.1 million shares. Other competitors' stocks rose slightly but it is Cognos that investors have their sights set on.

What is the impact on Cognos from SAP acquiring BOBJ, and is Cognos next?

>>>Continue to the rest of this article to see what the impact would be on Cognos, and see a rating of the potential acquirers: IBM, Microsoft, HP, Oracle, EMC, SAS, Teradata, and Informatica.

Feel free to offer your thoughts and opinions, too.


Business Objects Acquired by SAP: No Surprise!

As you've heard by now, SAP announced its intension to acquire Business Objects (BOBJ) for an all cash offer of $59/share or $6.8 billion.

Business Objects says SAP approached them, not the other way around. Spin? It doesn't matter, the result is the same: one more independent BI or DW software firm has been absorbed by one of the software titans – Oracle, SAP, Microsoft and IBM.

What are the impacts or repercussions of the acquisition?

>>>Continue to the rest of this article to find out my thoughts and provide your own comments.



About Athena IT Solutions

Athena IT Solutions is a Boston-based consulting firm that provides data warehouse and business intelligence consulting, training and vendor services. Rick Sherman has over 20 years of business intelligence and data warehousing experience, having worked on more than 50 implementations as a director/practice leader at Pricewaterhouse Coopers and while managing his own firm. Rick is a published author of over 50 articles, an industry speaker, a DM Review World Class Solution Awards judge, a data management expert at, and has been quoted in CFO and Business Week. Sherman can be found blogging on performance management, data warehouse and business intelligence topics at The Data Doghouse. He holds an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. You can reach him at or (617) 835-0546.

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