Business Objects [BOBJ] has told users to keep their eyes peeled for a unified road-map in December, following its surprise $820 million swoop for rival business intelligence vendor Crystal Decisions Inc [CD3n.MU] this summer.
For the time being they are still being run as two separate companies, leaving users to speculate about how the company will pick its way across some of the overlapping functionality between the two sets of technologies and present a unified platform offering.
Business Objects is certainly keeping its cards close to its chest until the merger is completed, it is now just awaiting a formal shareholder approval and fully expects to enter the new year as a single operating entity.
Business Objects claims to have the strongest and most complete product line in the market, offering industry-best data integration, QRA [query, reporting, analysis], enterprise reporting, performance management, and analytic applications in single platform and from a single vendor.
It will not be tempted to venture outside the scope of BI like some of its rivals have done.
It is planning a series of multi-city launch events to coincide with the launch of the combined company that will be one of the largest in the BI market – with a combined revenue run rate of over $800 million and 3,900 employees worldwide.
It is aiming to be a billion dollar company by 2006 and one of the top 10 software companies in the world.
This article was based on material originally published by ComputerWire.