(Editor's note: This article was co-authored by Forrester's Clay Richardson)

Software AG (SAG) – best known for its business process management, B2B, and SOA-based integration solutions – announced its acquisition of Data Foundations, a master data management (MDM) vendor based in Hackensack, New Jersey. Data Foundations is smaller and less well known than the more mature and comprehensive MDM solutions from Initiate Systems and Siperian, both of which were acquired earlier this year by IBM and Informatica, respectively. Once Initiate and Siperian were taken off the market, no tier-one MDM vendors remained for potential suitors to consider – especially those that could support both analytical and operational use cases. Having missed out on the opportunity to snag one of those leaders, we believe Software AG made the right technology choice in selecting Data Foundations.

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