IBM has announced the acquisition of Cognos for a value of approximately $ 5 billion. The acquisition will be completed during the first quarter of 2008 through a public offer to purchase the shares at a price of $ 58 per share.
Gives a sense of satisfaction when a prediction comes true. About 5 months ago, on the sidelines of some reflections on IBM and Business Intelligence, wrote :
The trend shown by the global giants of IT (Oracle and Microsoft in the head) is to complete by means of acquisition, its suite of products to cover all areas: dbms, back-end, front-end, metadata management , data quality, data mining, etc.. In this perspective, the most obvious omission within the IBM is in the front-end where there is no product of interactive data analysis and end-user oriented [...]
IBM (at least officially) does not seem to be of this notice and is concentrating especially in improving its offer in the infrastructure sector (DBMS) and the services connected to it. We'll see how unfounded rumors circulating about possible acquisitions (with Cognos in pole-position) from IBM.