IBM is buying Cognos

IBM buying Cognos? (See press release.) I did not see this one coming. A few weeks ago, I heard rumors of a pan-canadian research initiative supported by Cognos. It did seem to me that Cognos was here to stay, for a very long time. Being bought by IBM, which has a lot of database technology, will probably change drastically Cognos at the R&D level.

It seems that Business Intelligence (BI) is now quite mature and very integrated in the technology of large vendors (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle).

Will there be a second wave of BI technology carried by new start-ups? I think so. And I think it will have something to do with infinite storage.

See my other posts Oracle buys Hyperion and Mondrian to partner up with Pentaho for Open Source Business Intelligence.

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Daniel Lemire

A computer science professor at the Université du Québec (TELUQ).

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