Let the consolidation begin


In our first quarter 2007 cover story "The Future of Business Intelligence" SAS CEO Jim Goodnight and others speculated about the BI vendor consolidation rumors that had been circulating for months.

At the time, Dr. Goodnight said:

SAS will still be standing as a strong independent vendor after the consolidation. The other vendors will still lack all the incredible analytical and information management capabilities that we have – all the modeling capabilities that add ongoing ROI. Analytics provide that differentiation that companies need.

After the news today that Oracle will be spending $3.3 billion to acquire Hyperion, SAS execs had the same unworried attitude about consolidation. Quoted in Elizabeth Book's Integration Watch, SAS Marketing Director Russ Cobb said:

Both from the Oracle press release and our own assessment, this is the Oracle/SAP battle. This is good news for us. We looked at Hyperion as a competitor in the PM space and to a smaller extent in the BI space. So we will see a lot of openings in current sell cycles.

Who else is mentioning SAS in their analysis of this news? Shawn Rogers, The VAR Guy and Peter O'Kelly.


About Author

Alison Bolen

Editor of Blogs and Social Content

Alison Bolen is an editor at SAS, where she writes and edits content about analytics and emerging topics. Since starting at SAS in 1999, Alison has edited print publications, Web sites, e-newsletters, customer success stories and blogs. She has a bachelor’s degree in magazine journalism from Ohio University and a master’s degree in technical writing from North Carolina State University.

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