The rash of consolidations across all industries seems a bit unprecedented. The technology sector has not escaped this trend. Oracle has made huge acquisitions over the last few years, including PeopleSoft and Siebel - and then again this year with Hyperion. The standing phrase in 2007 has been, “All roads end in Redwood Shores.” Not to be outdone, SAP made an extremely uncharacteristic, massive acquisition of Business Objects. And then, before you knew it, IBM gobbled up Cognos. Even the clickstream category is consolidating as Omniture acquired Visual Sciences.

The questions remains: What does it mean for us? Is consolidation good for users? Will we get new functionality or easier implementations? Should we cheer on the next big acquisition or hope it never happens?

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