IBM's recent acquisition
of Business Intelligence vendor DataMirror continues the recent trend of
consolidation, giving Big Blue access to new real-time data
In the short term, the acquisition will mean little for either IBM or
DataMirror customers, as IBM says that it will continue to sell
DataMirror's Transformation Server. Indeed, IBM already re-sold
DataMirror products, so many customers will notice no change at all. The
reseller agreement also means that IBM accounted for a large portion of
DataMirror's business and so had a good insight into the smaller
vendor's technology and revenues.
In the long term, the acquisition will allow IBM to integrate
DataMirror's technology more deeply into its own, and likely go beyond
DataMirror's core focus on mid-market of business intelligence (BI) to
SOA, Master Data Management (MDM.) IBM has already said that the
DataMirror technology will be mixed with IBM's Information Server, a
data integration product that it acquired with Ascential.
DataMirror also had partnerships with many of IBM's competitors,
including BEA, Microsoft and Oracle. Though IBM says that these will
continue, the other vendors will clearly will be looking for
alternatives. But their choices are rapidly narrowing: Spotfire,
Cartesis and Hyperion were acquired earlier this year by Tibco, Business
Objects and Oracle respectively, leaving SeaTab, Initiate Systems and
FirstRain among the independent competitors.