Kamath, John-paul
November 2007
Computer Weekly;11/20/2007, p64
Trade Publication
The article reports that International Business Machines Corp.'s (IBM) £2.5 billion purchase of Cognos Inc. is the latest in a series of buyouts by large database providers of business intelligence software suppliers. According to experts if the database component becomes entrenched in the business, it can be expensive for users to change provider, and this could reduce the ability of business intelligence users to negotiate their licensing and support costs in the long term. The author informs that as a result of this trend, business intelligence users could eventually be influenced into using one provider for both their database and business intelligence software through offers of cheaper licensing deals in the short term.


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