San Francisco-based Actuate sells so-called business intelligence software, which helps corporations analyze their operations by generating reports from corporate data, such as recent sales results. Nimble is one of a handful of companies that has developed software that can search across several databases and collate the results of a query.
The acquisition of Seattle, Wash.-based Nimble will accelerate Actuate's development schedule for data-integration software, said Nobby Akiha, Actuate's vice president for marketing. The company will incorporate Nimble's XML-based integration software into Actuate's server software, he said.
Actuate plans to stop selling Nimble's software as a stand-alone product that competes withand products.
The company's purchase of Nimble comes after an active two weeks for acquisitions among business-intelligence software providers, a market that analysts say is ripe for consolidation.
for $820 million. A few days later, for $142 million. Other companies vying for business-intelligence dollars include SAS Institute, Microsoft and Cognos, which itself for $161 million last December.
Actuate declined to disclose the purchase price, but the deal is expected to be much smaller than other recent acquisitions by its competitors. Nimble has just over 30 employees. Actuate posted $109 million in revenue and a net loss of $25 million last year.
Actuate's Akiha said that the Nimble acquisition reflects the company's focus on building its report-generating server software, rather than front-end tools for viewing and constructing business reports.