However, Hyperion's business query (System 9 Interactive Reports) lags that of leading competitors, Business Objects and Cognos. Enter Oracle's other recent acquisition - Siebel Analytics (rebranded Oracle BI Enterprise Edition) - and Oracle will have a powerful portfolio of products. Of course, that's only on the front end, and rationalizing duplicate products, integrating disparate architectures, and integrating them into applications is something that will take years. In the interim, the Oracle/Hyperion sales team can make a daunting force, with Oracle having those tight IT relationships and Hyperion having strong relationships with finance departments.
A funny thing does happen every time I start to evaluate Oracle BI - they acquire another vendor and change their BI strategy. Yet it certainly leaves no doubt as to Oracle's commitment to pursuing the BI market.
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Until next week, Cindi Howson, author of BIScorecard product reviews.So much for rumors! This morning, Oracle announced its intent to acquire Hyperion Solutions … not Business Objects as the rumor mill previously suggested. With performance management and BI slowly converging and arch competitor Microsoft about to release a complete product set, it's a smart but aggressive move on Oracle's part. For Hyperion, I only hope that the best people and products don't get lost in the shuffle.