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Rick Sherman

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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In our post Enterprise Software: Is there any one left to buy?
we listed the best candidates to be acquired within the lucrative
Business Intelligence (BI) and Data Warehousing (DW) industry:

  • SAS (Private)
  • Informatica (INFA)
  • MicroStrategy (MSTR)
  • Netezza (NZ)

  • Teradata (TDC)
We have ruled out privately-held SAS because they are very reluctant to
be acquired. (If they were willing then IBM would likely have bought
them versus offense to SPSS but SAS is the 800-lb gorilla in
the business analytics segment.)

big_fish_small_fish_smaller.jpgThe Usual Suspects

The high tech Titans - IBM (IBM), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), Oracle (ORCL), Microsoft (MSFT), SAP (SAP)
- are already very active in the DW/BI industry selling software,
services and in some cases hardware. Are any of the acquisition targets
on our list attractive to the Titans and would impact their market

>>>Continue reading Enterprise Software: Who Should Buy Whom?

Posted September 30, 2009 12:46 PM
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