Just back from my holidays and yet more consolidation of the BI marketplace has taken place! There has been speculation on potential acquisitions recently and Gartner has been suggesting that this market will move towards a smaller number of "mega-vendors".

Larry Ellison is spending $3.3 billion on Hyperion.

Here is the Oracle announcement.

Microsoft has a strong capability message in this space - SQL Server 2005, the 2007 Office System, and the new PerformancePoint Server.

MIcrosoft also has a great interoperabiltiy story with both Hyperion and SAP products.

For customers using Hyperion today, Microsoft and Hyperion announced a partnership in April 2006 to deliver tighter integration between our respective technologies. As part of this agreement, Microsoft has delivered integration as part of SQL Server 2005 SP2 to enable SQL Server Reporting Services to query Hyperion Essbase cubes (see this whitepaper).

For customers using SAP today, Microsoft has a strong partnership with SAP and integration with their products. Customers can use SQL Server Reporting Services to build high quality reports on SAP NetWeaver BI sources (see whitepaper). See more details on the Microsoft SAP interoperability page for BI.

In addition, Microsoft have a migration offer (50% discount on SQL Server license) on qualifying competitive database migrations.