This is an article from the June 2006 issue of DM Review's Extended Edition. Click on this link for more information on DMR Extended Edition or to download this issue in a PDF format.

That giant sucking sound you hear (well, one of them, anyway) is matching software vendors being vacuumed into larger companies. Within the past year, Nokia purchased Intellisync, Business Objects acquired Firstlogic, Informatica bought Similarity Systems, and IBM alone has added Ascential, SRD and Language Analysis Systems. Earlier Pitney Bowes bought Group 1 Software and SAS Institute acquiring DataFlux (2000). There are only a few independent matching software vendors left, and they are not exactly household names: ChoiceMaker Technologies, DataLever, DataMentors, Innovative Systems, Intelligent Search Technology, Netrics. Trillium Software seems a prominent exception, but Trillium is already owned by a large parent, Harte-Hanks.

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