Enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors are now acquiring business intelligence (BI). This means that data managers need to become savvy buyers, and they have to look out for what the ERP vendors may do to their BI solutions. This acquisition may also mean that you should revise your standardization strategy.

In October, SAP announced it would acquire Business Objects. This transaction happened amid a quickening pace of consolidation. Oracle bought Hyperion. Business Objects bought Cartesis. Oracle may buy BEA. So it looks like lots of applications are headed into the ERP stack. Data managers need to be on the look out. The best-of-breed BI that they are running or considering purchasing may soon have a completely new product roadmap ahead of it.

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