As the dust settles from the business performance management (BPM) vendor mergers of the past year, a few things are becoming clear. First and foremost: there are more and better BPM choices available now than at any other time. This is particularly true at the high end. Choosing the right solution, on the other hand, has become more difficult than ever.

Let’s take a look at the current playing field. The midmarket is fairly well served by vendors such as Adaptive Planning, Centage, KCI, PROPHIX and Satori Group. There has been little new activity in this area other than Cognos’ acquisition of Applix and Business Objects’ recent announcement of a performance management offering for the midmarket (formerly acquired SRC product). In the enterprise market, however, there have been dramatic changes. The exceptions are Clarity Systems and SAS, two growing vendors that remain as they were - successful standalone performance management vendors. Longview was acquired by Exact Software of the Netherlands, but will continue to operate as Longview in North America. However, all around Clarity, Longview and SAS you will find a breed of newly remade competitors. Most of these competitors can be classified as giants either in terms of revenues or number of customers or both. This is where the real battle for market-share dominance will play out over the next several years.

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