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Posted by Boris Evelson on January 16, 2008
It may not be immediately obvious, but today's confirmation of the Oracle/BEA acquisition and announcement of the Sun/MySQL merger do affect the BI market and have significant implications for BI vendors and BI professionals. One look at all of the components needed to create robust, scalable, effective and efficient, "industrial strength" BI solution, and it becomes painfully clear that just about every segment of enterprise software and applications significantly affects BI segment. Sun/MySQL implications are clear, Oracle/BEA are less so, but let's explore them:
Sun / MySQL
Oracle/BEA implications for BI are less clear, but potentially much more significant.
Bottom line: 2008 will continue to be a very exciting, rarely boring, year for BI. No matter how much the market consolidates (I am looking for more BI-related transactions from HP, Sun, Teradata, EMC, Actuate, SAS, Microstrategy and Information Builders) the market is FAR from getting commoditized. I still count over 300 vendors directly or tangentally related to BI, there's not a single week that a new startup with an exciting product comes across my desk, and I can count at least a dozen areas in BI that are still unexplored and unaddressed by large vendors.
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