IBM's move to acquire Ascential Software for $1.1 billion gives the company a big advantage over rivals like Microsoft and Oracle in the data integration field and could lead to a litany of similar buys, analysts said.
Should the deal succeed, IBM will plug a major hole in its portfolio by
adding Ascential's broad suite of extraction, transforming and loading (ETL)
(define) software, said Forrester Research Analyst Philip Russom.
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