IBM's Bid 'Ascential' For Dominating Integration

March 15, 2005


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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