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Microsoft continues its shopping spree to bolster its SQL Server database platform to make it more suitable for large-scale enterprise deployments. On Thursday the company said it plans to buy DATAllegro, a privately held maker of data-warehouse appliances.
The terms of the deal, which comes on the heels of one announced last week to purchase data-quality technology vendor Zoomix, were not disclosed. Microsoft will retain most of the 93 DATAllegro employees, who will continue to work out of their existing office in Aliso Viejo, California.
SAP, the German company that sells and implements ERP software, has acquired the Business Intelligence platform BusinessObjects. Both information technology companies have agreed on the price per share and other conditions. SAP will pay 42 EUR in cash per ordinary share and John Schwarz, CEO of BusinessObjects will stay in charge of the BusinessObjects product group.
With the acquisition of BusinessObjects SAP will get a substantial market share in the highly competitive Business Intelligence market. The company had a Business Intelligence solution with SAP Business Warehouse, the query tool BEx and the business process platform SAP NetWeaver BI, but they run with SAP only. In addition these solutions were far from being innovative and their functionality and usability was relatively poor compared to BusinessObjects and most of the other Business Intelligence tools.