How BusinessObjects became the first “European Silicon Valley startup”, growing from zero to a billion dollars, by Bernard Liautaud
Various commentators have been saying that IBM’s acqusition is a”seminal” moment for the company and the industry. I’m personally a little more skeptical — here’s why.
On May 25th 2009, SAP acquired innovative startup Skydata, a new type of business mobile “mashup” application that provides fast and easy access to all your business data on RIM, Windows Mobile and Apple iPhone devices, as part of SAP’s long-term strategy to support the new “business users” who need to access information from multiple systems easily and intuitively.
SAP has purchased cloud computing vendor Coghead. What will SAP do with Coghead’s widely praised Platform-as-a-service software, based on Adobe Flex and Amazon’s EC2 Web Service?
After years of rumors, the news is finally here: it’s SAP for 4.8 billion euros. This will be the biggest acquisition SAP has ever done, and the biggest in the BI industry — but in a twist, it’s almost as if Business Objects is acquiring OutlookSoft and Pilot… (more…)