Hyperion fills in blanks with Brio acquisition

With its purchase of Brio Software expected to close later this month, business intelligence software maker Hyperion Solutions is...

With its purchase of Brio Software expected to close later this month, business intelligence software maker Hyperion Solutions is already setting out its development priorities for integrating the two product lines.

Hyperion bought out the financially troubled Brio, a reporting and querying tools supplier, in July for $142m. The deal is expected to officially close on 16 October, with a product road map to be made available later this year. 

Chief technology officer John Kopcke said Hyperion will create a common services architecture which will allow end users to do things like have a single sign-on for both products. 

Additional product integration plans include tying together the Brio 8 application with Hyperion's Business Performance Management (BPM) suite, which is due in the fourth quarter. This will allow users to craft reports that combine operational data from existing ERP and transactional systems with finance-related data from Hyperion's BPM software, which, in turn should enable users to determine the profitability of a given business process. 

Through 2004, Hyperion will further integrate products such as Brio Metrics Builder with the Hyperion Platform business intelligence infrastructure software, and it intends to showcase its enterprise metrics road map in the first quarter of the year.

By next spring, Hyperion will demonstrate technology that allows users to carry out a full range of querying, reporting and analysis activities from a single interface. 

"Hyperion's acquisition of Brio brought a zombie back from the near dead," said Mike Schiff, an analyst at Current Analysis. "Brio is being taken seriously again." 

Schiff noted that while there is some overlap in the two product lines, Hyperion's technology is generally geared for high-end online analytical processing functions, while Brio specialises in ease-of-use business intelligence products.

Marc L Songini writes for Computerworld



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