VMWare steals the show in the Lighthouse Software Index for September

VMware is the highest riser in the top tier of this month’s Lighthouse Software Index as the firm gets a boost of 5 positions and makes it to the 9th spot. The firm has had an interesting month with a successful IPO and has analysts focusing on a number of issues related to its acquisition of Determina and its overall product strategy.

Epicor, provider of enterprise business solutions, is the biggest overall mover in this month’s Software Index. The firm has expanded its presence in the Latin American and Carribean markets and looks well set for further growth in the future. SSA, the ERP brand that has been acquired by Infor, has also seen its profile move up by 15 spots as a by product of increasing focus on Infor: that may reflect obstacles for Infor in rising above the SSA brand. Infor has been named the “2007 Rising Star” by CRM Magazine and jumped up 4 spots to end up at 14th spot.

Information Builders is the firm that suffered the greatest decline this month and has slid down 16 spots to 62nd position. Apparently the firm’s enhancement of WebFOCUS, its flagship product, has not been noticed by analysts till now.

In the top 25 Sage has increased its profile to gain 3 spots and enter the top 25 while SunGard has dropped 4 positions and is now out of the top 25.

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Duncan Chapple