With the dust not even settled from Oracle's recent announcement that it will purchase Hyperion, many pundits are questioning whether giants like Microsoft and IBM may be in the hunt for remaining business intelligence pureplays like Business Objects and Cognos.
The market has been in a state of flux for several years now, with companies scrambling to beef up their BI offerings. Among the most active acquirers over the past few years: Oracle, IBM, Microsoft, SAP, Cognos and Business Objects.
It's easy to see why, with a market that an HP executive estimates is worth $50 billion annually and growing at a healthy rate of at least 10 percent a year. Not only that, but BI consistently scores at or near the top of the list when CIOs are asked about upcoming projects.
While there are sure to be more BI acquisitions, there will always remain a place for pureplays like Business Objects, as evidenced by this case study of a California financial institution that swapped a hodgepodge of homegrown HR tools for a Business Objects dashboard and central data repository that allows it to track employee pay, longevity and career development.
The BI pure players claim it's easier to integrate their products in heterogeneous environments, and tout this ability as a major advantage over big boys like SAP and Oracle.