IBM to buy SPSS

Thursday, 30th July, 2009

IBM is buying SPSS, for $1.2 billion. Here is IBM’s press release.

I smelt something fishy earlier this year when SPSS renamed their flagship stats package from SPSS Statistics to PASW Statistics. PASW stands for Predictive Analytics Soft Ware.

It seems like a strange acquisition to me. Maybe IBM want a high-street brand in their portfolio. What else do they hope to get out of the acquisition? Surely they don’t need the back-end statistics software?

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