In the last couple of years, acquisitions of data integration and business performance management (BPM) vendors have become quite common. Organizations can often be left wondering whether their current provider will be swallowed up by a larger player in the market and how that will affect their IT infrastructure.

Within business intelligence (BI), acquisitions have generally included large BI vendors acquiring best-of-breed vendors in the data integration space as well as BPM space to enlarge market share, to increase market penetration and to develop a more complete set of capabilities within these markets. Additionally, vendors outside the traditional BI space have also begun to see the benefits of integrating best-of-breed BI suites into their software offerings, either as an add-on or as a new solution to customers.

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