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Last week’s news that ERP software provider Oracle is purchasing business intelligence software vendor Hyperion is an interesting continuation of the ongoing consolidation and competition in the ERP market.

Over the last few years, Oracle has purchased large software companies such as Siebel and Peoplesoft to become a legitimate threat to ERP market share leader SAP. This extends the company’s reach and builds on Oracle’s already strong reporting functionality. Even prior to the acquisition, SAP and other large ERP software packages, as a broad generalization, lacked the reporting and business intelligence of Oracle. This acquisition, if they can effectively integrate the software and organizations, may further widen the gap. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

The potential downside that we see to this acquisition is how well Oracle can (or can’t) integrate Hyperion’s software and employees into its own. The company has gone through a great deal of change over the last few years, and this continues its torrid pace of growth and acquisition. Hyperion may not be nearly as valuable to Oracle’s customers if the two software packages aren’t effectively integrated.

Regardless, this is just another piece of information that should be taken into account by organizations that are evaluating potential ERP software vendors. Click here to read the full article regarding the Oracle / Hyperion acquisition.

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