IBM to Acquire Cognos for $5 Billion

IBM Corp. is making its largest acquisition ever, a deal announced Monday to buy Cognos Inc. for $5 billion in cash in hopes of keeping up with rivals in "business intelligence" software. The acquisition would follow similar moves in the same market this year. SAP AG recently linked up with Business Objects SA for $7 billion and Oracle Corp. grabbed Hyperion Solutions Corp. for $3.3 billion. Cognos shares had soared recently on expectations that it, too, would be acquired. They leaped another 8 percent on Monday's news.

Business-intelligence software helps big organizations gather data in "dashboards" that can be used to model such things as the financial impact of staffing changes or marketing moves. Because that capability meshes with other things business software does, big vendors like SAP, Oracle and IBM have moved to include business-intelligence applications in their product packages. But their challenge will be to technically integrate business-intelligence offerings in a way that is easier and less expensive for customers. David O'Connell, a senior analyst with Nucleus Research, said he was skeptical that will happen with IBM and Cognos. "I'm not sure it will become more than a bolt-on," he said.

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sigh. once again REAL computing news is shown absolutely no interest on neowin..

i expect there are only a handful of people on these forums who even know who/what cognos are

this is really big news!!

so irritating that all people are interested in on this site is getting the latest beta etc

Yup

I'm a Cognos 8 developer and this is really BIG news, although somehow with the anouncement not so long ago about the new IBM GUI with dashoards etc, I cant say i'm suprised.

ecotrojan i do kind of get the impression that IBM have just decided to buy someone because everyone else in BI land is.. i'm not sure why, but it seems quite odd

I'm a Microsoft and SAP BW Business Intelligence consultant, and all i can say is that the BI world is getting very interesting at the moment.. but the jury is still out on weather these acquisitions is a good or bad thing

hmm... time will tell u guess

BGM said,
ecotrojan i do kind of get the impression that IBM have just decided to buy someone because everyone else in BI land is.. i'm not sure why, but it seems quite odd

I'm a Microsoft and SAP BW Business Intelligence consultant, and all i can say is that the BI world is getting very interesting at the moment.. but the jury is still out on weather these acquisitions is a good or bad thing

hmm... time will tell u guess


couldn't agree more

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