There is talk about consolidation in the business intelligence (BI) software market after financial news Barrons reported that Business Objects is starting to look like a takeover target. After their stock dropped 22 %
IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP all moving into the BI market and causing a pit of pain for the BI specialists Business Objects and Cognos
John Hagerty of AMR Research said the BI market was ripe for rapid consolidation. "There are several large vendors out there now and the market is hot," he said. "It is not clear who will buy who first, but I'd expect consolidation to start in the next six to 12 months and when someone makes the move it will kick off other deals."