Just in case you hadn't heard, Oracle is buying Hyperion, makers of Essbase. 

Does this mean that Oracle will bundle a robust BI engine with their flagship database?  I strongly doubt it.  Oracle has never missed an opportunity to charge for products and features that Microsoft routinely gives away. 

Read more about the acquisition at:
http://www.crmbuyer.com/story/eKWRFfjj9I0xw4/Oracle-Bolsters-BI-With-33B-Hyperion-Buy.xhtml


Cheers,

-Kevi