Is Hyperion Shopping? - InformationWeek
IoT
IoT
Software // Information Management
Commentary
7/20/2006
12:15 PM
50%
50%
RELATED EVENTS
Ransomware: Latest Developments & How to Defend Against Them
Nov 01, 2017
Ransomware is one of the fastest growing types of malware, and new breeds that escalate quickly ar ...Read More>>

Is Hyperion Shopping?

Some pure-play business intelligence vendors appear to be in a daze these days, as the battlefield gets crowded. Instead of remaining focused on building defenses against an eventual full-scale assault on the market by Goliaths Microsoft and Oracle, vendors Hyperion, Cognos and Business Objects have had to deal with self-inflicted wounds.

Some pure-play business intelligence vendors appear to be in a daze these days, as the battlefield gets crowded. Instead of remaining focused on building defenses against an eventual full-scale assault on the market by Goliaths Microsoft and Oracle, vendors Hyperion, Cognos and Business Objects have had to deal with self-inflicted wounds.Cognos is facing a Securities and Exchange Commission review as it tries to put its accounting house in order. Business Objects, on the other hand, fell short in its revenue goals last quarter, due to several large deals that fell through.

Hyperion has its own problems as a result of trying to charge customers an "enablement fee" on top of their maintenance payments in order to get the company's major technology update System 9.

But if reports are correct, Hyperion may be regrouping and preparing to go on the offensive by purchasing analytics vendor Information Builders. With major vendors turning their big guns toward the BI market, experts have predicted for a while that consolidation would occur. Hyperion's war coffers include more than $400 million in cash, so the Santa Clara, Calif., company is certainly able to buy some reinforcements.

Among the financial experts who say an acquisition is possible is JMP Securities analyst Patrick Walravens, who wrote recently that Hyperion might decide to buy Information Builders to address the "significant competitive issues" it faces with System 9.

Hyperion is apparently thinking in terms of a bold offense, which is smart considering the turbulence in the BI market. Cognos and Business Objects need to do the same.

Drop me an email to let me know what you think.

In the meantime, Business Intelligence Pipeline readers have voted in favor of open-source BI. In an unscientific poll, half said they would prefer to use BI software built on top of the Eclipse Foundation's open-source reporting framework. Thirty-six percent said they believed proprietary technology was more robust, and 14 percent said they would consider Eclipse.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
2017 State of IT Report
In today's technology-driven world, "innovation" has become a basic expectation. IT leaders are tasked with making technical magic, improving customer experience, and boosting the bottom line -- yet often without any increase to the IT budget. How are organizations striking the balance between new initiatives and cost control? Download our report to learn about the biggest challenges and how savvy IT executives are overcoming them.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll