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Who Should Hewlett-Packard Buy?

HP can't afford to buy every one of our Desirable Dozen, but in the post-Mark Hurd era, the world's largest computer maker needs to consider acquiring more than a few of these companies. Here's who -- and why.
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To bolster its Business Intelligence Solutions unit, HP should consider doing all three acquisitions. Informatica is a fast-growing information integration vendor and the largest of the remaining independents. With Teradata, HP could ditch its fledgling Neoview product and take advantage of the real McCoy and its top-drawer customer list. HP economies of scale would help Teradata slash prices and take on aggressive competitors like Netezza. MicroStrategy would be the finishing touch: the biggest of the remaining BI independents with an A list of large-scale deployments. What's more, MicroStrategy has an unrecognized trove of analytic capabilities, including its Angel.com call services unit.

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