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Friday, March 31, 2006

Cognos Courts SAP

"If business intelligence (BI) vendors are gentlemen callers, then German software giant SAP AG is the ERP equivalent of Amanda Wingfield.

The tragic heroine of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, Wingfield once claimed to have entertained as many as 17 gentlemen callers in a single day. SAP hasn't quite had that much attention from BI vendors, but the fact remains that a growing number of business intelligence players are cozying up.

Take Cognos Inc. The Ottawa-based BI giant this week unveiled an update to its Cognos 8 BI suite which improves that product's interoperability with SAP's NetWeaver platform. In this respect, Cognos joins a procession of SAP inamorata that (in the last three months alone) includes MicroStrategy Inc. and Applix Inc. Why are these vendors and a host of others - including Hyperion Solutions Corp., Informatica Corp., and Microsoft Corp., which have also outlined substantive SAP outreach efforts in the last 12 months - all but falling all over themselves to accommodate SAP? What gives?"

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