Dossier de recherche - SOFTWARE INDUSTRY - Business Intelligence Mergers and Acquisitions

The BI industry has seen a wave of acquisitions since the mid-1990s, with takeovers occurring on a regular basis. The first wave was mainly created by companies who were attracted by the higher growth rates in the BI industry and preferred to buy an existing vendor rather than to develop their own product. These changes of ownership did not produce any "consolidation" because there was no net reduction in the number of BI vendors or products. There was also no reduction in competition as market shares often simply passed from the hands of an existing BI vendor to a new player.
Examples of such non-consolidating acquisitions include the entry of the various database vendors into the BI market, such as Oracle’s purchase of the Express business from IRI Software, Informix buying STG MetaCube and Microsoft’s purchase of the Panorama technology.

But there have also been a number of cases where existing BI vendors acquired each other and these have led to genuine consolidation. This is particularly true of SAP’s acquisition of BusinessObjects. Although these acquisitions reduce the number of BI vendors, they do not necessarily reduce the number of BI products, as often both product lines live on separately in the merged company.