HP chose the occasion of its Q3 earnings call to drop the bomb. The company
that under Mike Hurd’s watch focused on Converged Infrastructure, spending
almost $7 billion to buy Palm, 3COM, and 3PAR, is now pulling a 180 in
ditching both the PC and Palm hardware business, and making an offer to buy
Autonomy, one of the last major independent enterprise content management
players, for roughly $11 billion.
At first glance, the deal makes perfect sense, given Leo Apotheker’s
enterprise software orientation. From that standpoint, Apotheker has made
some shrewd moves, putting aging enterprise data warehouse brand Neoview out
of its misery, following up weeks later with the acquisition of Advanced SQL
analytics platform provider Vertica. During the Q3 earnings call, Apotheker
stated the obvious as to his comfort factor with Autonomy: “I have spent my
entire professional li... (more)
As we’ve noted previously, the measure of success of an open source stack
is the degree to which the target remains intact. That either comes as part
of a captive open source project, where a vendor unilaterally open sources
their code (typically hosting the project) to promote adoption, or a
community model where a neutral industry body hosts the project and gains
support from a diverse cross section of vendors and advanced developers. In
that case, the goal is getting the formal standard to also become the de
The most successful open source projects are those t... (more)
This guest post comes courtesy of Tony Baer's OnStrategies blog. Tony is
senior analyst at Ovum.
By Tony Baer
It was never a question of whether SAP would bring it flagship product,
Business Suite to HANA, but when. And when I saw this while parking the car
at my physical therapist over the holidays, I should’ve suspected that
something was up: SAP at long last was about to announce … this.
From the start, SAP has made clear that its vision for HANA was not a
technical curiosity, positioned as some high-end niche product or sideshow.
In the long run, SAP was going to take HANA ... (more)
At this point, probably at least 90 percent or more of analytic systems/data
warehouses are easily contained within the SQL-based technologies that are
commercially available today. We’ll take that argument a step further: Most
enterprise data warehouses are less than 5 terabytes. So why then all the
excitement about big data, and why are acquisitions in this field becoming
almost a biweekly thing?
To refresh the memory, barely a couple weeks back, HP announced its intention
to buy Vertica. And this morning came the news that Teradata is buying the
other 89 percent of Aster Data ... (more)
Is it more than coincidence that IT acquisitions tend to come in waves? Just
weeks after IBM's announcement to snap up Lombardi, Progress Software today
responds with an agreement to put Savvion out of its misery? In such a small
space that is undergoing active consolidation, it is hard not to know who's
Nonetheless, Progress's acquisition confirms that Business Process Management
(BPM)'s pure play days are numbered, if you expect executable BPM.
The traditional appeal of BPM was that it was a business stakeholder-friendly
approach to developing solutions that didn't rely... (more)