Monday, May 23, 2011

IBM - Analytics is a very serious priority! How serious? $14B serious!

Actions speaks louder than words -  
- IBM has pent $14 billion on 24 business intelligence-related acquisitions over the past 5 years** (See the graphics below)
- It has 8,000 consultants in Analytics and Optimization service trained on BI***
- IBM earmarks $20B for acquisition through 2015 * 

Analytics is a priority at IBM for following reasons: 
- that spending on BI is growing twice as fast as information technology spending overall
- that 80% of CEOs see information as the source of competitive advantage. (Source: IBM and MIT Sloan Management Reviews)

Here is a latest press release that further reinforces the market's belief that IBM machine is not slowing down the big-data front - 

IBM Ups Big Data Bet with New Software, $100 Million in Research

Source: *,**,*** Public Press Release (IBM Accelerates Business Intelligence Acquisitions, Jeff Moad, Managing Automations, IBM Analyst Day, 2010)


  1. IBM's Latest Acquisitions and the Difference Between "Business Intelligence" and "Business Analytics"

  2. Another great research note on IBM's growth by acquisition strategy: