With the announcement of IBM's forthcoming purchase of Ottawa business intelligence vendor Cognos Inc., the consolodation of the BI market continues its unabated march. According to a survey from The 451 Group on the topic, some respondents see a simple case of supply and demand as being a key factor in the slimming down effect we've been witnessing of late.
Wrote one: "There is simply too much technology (supply) chasing too few buyers (demand) with need for the technology. Niche technologies offer opportunities for tuck-in deals for suppliers of truly whole product solutions with established distribution and market access."
For more on the report, see this article from Thomas Wailgum in CIO Magazine.
The report, "Strategic acquirers to ramp up M&A activity in the coming year", is available to 451 Group clients at the company's site.