Acquisition news helps Business Objects gain in the Lighthouse Software Index

Business Objects is the highest riser in the top-teir of the Lighthouse Software Index this month. It has jumped up 6 positions. Its standing has certainly been helped by news of SAP’s proposed acquisition of the firm. Salesforce.com which has just announced entering the ‘Application Performance’ market has also gained 3 spots. With a modest gain of 1 position, Sage is the only new entrant to the top 25 this month.

However, the open source database provider mySQL is the star this month as it is the biggest mover in the top 50 of the Lighthouse Software Index. The firm, which is increasing its presence in Italy, has shot up 17 positions this month and is now ranked at the 28th spot. Entrust (+15) is the second biggest mover as it extends its portfolio by adding support for e-passports. SAS Institute has moved up 12 spots as it gains attention for its renewed focus on performance management applications.

The biggest loser this month in the top 50 firms is i2 which has just announced that quarterly net earnings were $5 million less than the same quarter last year. The firm has dropped 12 positions and is now at the 45th spot. Compuware has also dropped 10 spots, even though it announced a much better performance this quarter. Informatica, the biggest loser in the top 25 firms, has fallen 7 positions even though it has been mentioned as a leader in its Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools report. Mercury, which was acquired by HP last year, has lost 6 positions as its brand continues to lose its strength. The firm has dropped out of the top 25 and is now at the 26th spot.

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