About 18 months ago the battle raged in the BI zone with IBM snapping up Cognos, Oracle absorbing Hyperion, and SAP going for the big one Business Objects.
Now it seems that the area of content management is now on the horizon as the next combat area with Oracle acquiring Stellent, IBM acquiring Filenet and SAP placing interests in Alfresco and Newgen. The big debate in this arena is what of the position of OpenText? For sometime OpenText and SAP have worked very closely on solutions in this area so a logical move is obvious. Who knows in these conditions but certainly one to watch.
These activities does bring into focus the actions of the big three to consolidate the application areas – again something to watch for.