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Oracle to buy Hyperion

As Mark Rittman says (and he should know), "no doubt what Oracle are interested in here is Hyperion’s expertize in the area of analytic financial applications, and their no doubt high-value customer base."
What does this mean for Oracle BI and for Hyperion’s toolset, especially Essbase? Given that Oracle already have their own OLAP tools, one wonders… I think this can only be a good thing for Microsoft – surely existing Essbase users will now be questioning its future and be looking for migration options, not necessarily from Oracle.
UPDATE: the news is confirmed, the price tag $3.3bn. Here are Nigel Pendse’s initial thoughts:
Interesting that he thinks that "Essbase is likely to become Oracle’s primary OLAP server".
… but the fact remains that Oracle now has two MOLAP databases, and that’s one too many in the long term. So perhaps it’s the old Express users who need to be thinking about their migration options? And perhaps the Essbase people should remember that Oracle has bought a market-leading MOLAP before, and look what happened to it – not everyone is convinced that multidimensional is best.
UPDATE #3: I’ll link, last of all, to Mark Rittman again, who shares his thoughts on what’s happened and what it means for Oracle BI:

2 thoughts on “Oracle to buy Hyperion

  1. So what will happen to the budding BI collaboration between Hyperion and Microsoft,
    mentioned in this earlier blog entry – will it become co-opetition?

    April 25
    Hyperion and Microsoft to collaborate on BI!?!?

    OK, I have no idea what\’s going on here… Hyperion have announced a series of initiatives to allow their BI tools to be used with Microsoft\’s. Of course it\’s presented as them being responsive to customer opinion, but you can\’t help wonder if there\’s a hidden agenda too. Is this some kind of anti-Oracle gesture?

  2. There\’s not much of a hidden agenda or big concern over MSAS. Hyperion and Microsoft are basically the only vendors which stuck it out and established MDX as the single OLAP equivalent of SQL. A universal API has been the desire of the industry forever. The announcement several months (and versions) ago that the new Yukon DTS will be plug compatible with Essbase and MSAS. This is really about making marting in DW environments with Essbase easy and was a good idea because this was done before the Hyperion – Informatica OEM deal. Hyperion also supports Teradata\’s Active Data Warehouse initiative and architecture.There is no way that Oracle would think for a minute about trying to rip Hyperions BPM applications from Essbase. It would essentially destroy the product, and Hyperion knows that. Rodek made the strategic decision years ago to leverage everything onto Essbase which is essentially Hyperion\’s IP. Oracle will enough issues in migrating them to their own appserver tier. Essbase is safe in the apps. What\’s up in the air is where Oracle will or will not build links into Peoplesoft and Siebel and bundle some analytics into those suites. Should they decide to do that it will be a huge distinguishing advantage. I can\’t you how many nVision users will be rescued by that move alone.Getting Hyperion\’s Analyic Integration Server working with Warehouse Builder is the holy grail because Essbase already does Hybrid OLAP (MOLAP head on top of RDBMS Body).

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