Market valuations and cash-burn rates have improved significantly among enterprise software vendors in recent weeks. Larger vendors are using the opportunity to pull the trigger on acquisitions that they believe will provide long-term shareholder value. Just last week, three hit the wire: IBM is purchasing privately held Tarian, Documentum is buying TrueArc, and Symphony Technology Group is acquiring Industri-Matematik International (IMI).

AMR Research has spotted several smaller vendors that may also be scooped up soon. Our criteria include a low valuation (trading at or below its cash position), stable operating cash burn and expense control management. Some publicly traded vendors with a financial status or strength in technology that places them high on the acquisition radar screen include Blue Martini, Brio Software, Chordiant, ClickCommerce, E.piphany, Evolve, EXE Technologies, I- Many, Interwoven, Mercator, Niku, Onyx, Pivotal, Retek, SeeBeyond, Stellent, Verticalnet, and Vitria.

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