The Commission has approved the proposed acquisition of Cognos, a Canadian company, by IBM Corporation of the US. Cognos produces business analytics software solutions used to analyse, report and visualise data across organisations. IBM provides a wide range of IT services including hardware and software. The Commission found that the merger would not significantly impede competition in the business analytics sector, as the parties’ combined market share would be moderate at the EEA level. The merged entity would continue to face strong competitors.