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November 19, 2007  |  Volume 2, Issue 23

 

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IBM: Financially Sound and Well-Poised for Cognos Acquisition
>> The Open-Source vs. Proprietary War Rages On

Feature Article - Analysis
 
IBM: Financially Sound and Well-Poised for Cognos Acquisition

In October, IBM reported third-quarter results, which met Wall Street expectations, and last week IBM announced plans to acquire Cognos, Inc.

On the heels of a solid third quarter, in which Big Blue reported total revenues of $24.1 billion, an increase of 7 percent from 3Q06, and with $13.8 billion cash in hand, the company announced last Monday its plans to acquire Cognos, Inc. for $5 billion.


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Feature Article - Commentary
 
The Open-Source vs. Proprietary War Rages On

With the open-source approach to software and business models becoming so popular, what does it mean for proprietary-driven businesses?

The software industry is a completely different beast than it was just a few years ago. The open-source philosophy has forever transformed, and continues to shape, the way that proprietary vendors approach their customers.


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