Although the recent spate of acquisitions in the business intelligence market, especially marked with Business Object’s acquisition of Crystal, Hyperion’s acquisition of Brio, and Actuate’s acquisition of Nimble, may bear resemblance to the raging consolidation in the ERP market, the underlying reasons for the first one are not that simplistic.
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margin of 14%. Crystal Reports , the company's flagship product, has shipped over 14 million licenses and is the most widely used report authoring tool in the market. With Business Objects' ~$470 million, the combined firms will have fiscal 2004 revenue approaching an estimated $800 million, and a customer base of more than 40,000. The strongest, most complete product line — By combining the two companies' product lines, Business Objects touts to be able to meet the needs of virtually all BI users and