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Welcome! In addition to data integration, my BeyeNETWORK blog will include observations on the business and technology of performance management, business intelligence and data warehousing. Most posts will be hosted on my Data Doghouse blog, so feel free to leave comments here or on the Data Doghouse. If you'd like to suggest topics or ask me any questions, please email me at

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Rick has more than 20 years of business intelligence (BI), data warehousing (DW) and data integration experience. He is the founder of Athena IT Solutions, a Boston-based consulting firm that provides DW/BI consulting, training and vendor services; prior to that he was a director/practice leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers.  Sherman is a published author of more than 50 articles, an industry speaker and has been quoted in CFO and Business Week. He also teaches data warehousing at Northeastern University's graduate school of engineering. You can reach him at and follow him on Twitter at

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titans.gifThe high tech Titans - IBM (IBM), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), Oracle (ORCL), Microsoft (MSFT), SAP (SAP) and EMC (EMC) - have been buying software firms at an amazing pace over the last half decade. According to BusinessWeek
the tally is: Oracle $30 billion for 56 companies, Microsoft 79
companies, IBM 60 companies, EMC 40, and HPQ 34. Many of these
acquisitions have been "tuck-ins" where the Titans have added the
purchased company's product capabilities into their product portfolio.
This is a time honored practice the Titans and their smaller brethren,
have used to expand beyond organic growth and tap the innovative ideas
of entrepreneurs.

Although tuck-ins have been a mainstay of software mergers and
acquisitions (M&A) for decades, Oracle in the last decade has
raised the bar by being successful in acquiring firms of a much larger
size and, very much against software etiquette, even completing hostile
takeovers. PeopleSoft and Seibel are the two case studies to validate
this new approach.

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Posted September 30, 2009 12:37 PM
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