About the last thing I expected three years ago was that opportunities for new vendor success and startups in information management would be so wonderfully obvious and diverse as they are (really) at this very moment.

And that's what I was thinking before the banking and real estate industries imploded. In that prescient incapacity I qualify as a dismissed former C-level executive. But let's put this in perspective. Well behind the last MDM acquisition spree of Siperian and Initiate etc., it was Oracle that couldn't stop running up its tab and grabbing Hyperion, IBM buying Cognos and SAP with BusinessObjects.

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