mySQL gains ground in the Lighthouse Software Index

Lighthouse Software Index - April 2008The leading open source database provider mySQL is the most prominent gainer of analyst focus this month. The firm has been recently acquired by Sun Microsystems and has now announced a new data protection and backup recovery solution to boost its presence in the enterprise market. The gain of 10 positions also means that mySQL is now listed in the top 25 Software firms this month.

Intentia, which merged with Lawson Software in 2006, is the biggest gainer with a jump of 20 positions. The improvement is no doubt a by product of analyst focus on Lawson’s profile and products especially its acquisition of Freeborders PLM. Lawson has gained 9 positions this month and is now ranked at the 41st spot. Security solutions provider Trend Micro has also gained 12 positions and is the second biggest gainer of analyst focus this month.

Veritas is the biggest loser this month and has dropped down 11 positions. The firm had gained 14 positions last month due to the sale of Precise Software Solutions that was discussed by Lighthouse last month. As interest in these particular news has thinned Veritas is headed down again as the firm is no longer an independent entity but a part of Symantec. IFS is the only firm to have dropped out of the top 25 this month. The firm has announced plans to improve on its product revenue and has set new financial goals. However, this has yet to raise its profile amongst analysts.

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Duncan Chapple