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IBM buys Cognos for $5 billion.

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November 12, 2007, 03:15 PM
newtofocus
IBM buys Cognos for $5 billion.
SAP bought Business Objects
Oracle bought Hyperion.

With consolidation going in the Business Intelligence space, I am wondering what the future means for WebFOCUS. Any thoughts?


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November 12, 2007, 03:58 PM
Jason K.
I thought webfocus gained a huge foothold with IBM when they put webfocus on the iSeries as a product called 'webquery', but it's the exact same thing as far as I can tell.

Maybe in the IBM world, the iSeries folks don't talk to the other IBM folks so now they're handling two BI systems, one for the iSeries and one for everything else.

I really don't know if Cognos can be run on the iSeries, but if it can I would assume IBM would drop it on there to consolidate marketing, support costs and development time.

as far as I know though, the iSeries isn't really a favored system any more anyhow with pc's getting so cheap and RPG programmers getting harder and harder to find.


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November 12, 2007, 04:21 PM
Prarie
Does sound a little scary at times. We are a big SAP shop.


In Focus since 1993. WebFOCUS 7.7.03 Win 2003
Not good news - markets as they mature tend to go to a few big players. We're left standing against the wall as the big players waltz off with their chosen partners.

The frightening thing is that we know what Lemmings senior management are. They will disregard technical merits and run with the pack as the proved by the saying:

quote:

"Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM."


Sorry I meant

quote:

"Nobody ever got fired for buying Cognos"

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well, IBM is using webfocus stuff as a replacement/upgrade to the old query/400 application on their iSeries platform.

I'm not sure what market share the iSeries enjoys compared to IBM's other servers but I can't imagine IBM putting the iSeries out to pasture, or spending all that effort to integrate webfocus only to replace it with cognos...unless of course the 'right hand didn't know what the left hand was doing' at IBM over the past year or so. Wink

Maybe cognos was an impulse buy and IBM didn't research what the iSeries group was up to with webfocus before they jumped in.


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Is Information builders still on the block for anyone to purchase? Way back Hyperion was looking at purchasing IBI.


Thanks!

Mickey

FOCUS/WebFOCUS 1990 - 2011
mgrackin, are you in the market to buy up a software company?

You could just buy a few shares of google and that should cost about the same as what Cognos cost IBM. Wink


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Jason, Mickey

I get it now Wink IBM didn't get IB because Google are offering more...



...we wish!



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here's an article on how it relates to the iSeries platform from IBM.
http://www.systeminetwork.com/isnblogs/productlines/200...dors_view_ibmco.html


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