Users choosing point planning or BI products should consider the integration infrastructure and effort needed to combine these products versus the cost and functionality issues of choosing an integrated CPM product suite (if still possible to find). Mission-critical issues like scalability, reliability, manageability and ease-of-use go without saying.
of Lawson and Geac filling their gaps through acquisitions. Especially the remaining tier-two BI vendors (e.g., Informatica , MicroStrategy , Information Builders , Silvon Software , etc.) could find themselves in a very shaky position of either being acquired or joining forces with a complementary functional or platform technology vendor ( IBM , Oracle , Microsoft, Computer Associates , Sybase , Progress , etc.) via alliance or acquisition. A good example thereof would be recent acquisition of Sagent by