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Taking a page out of rival Oracle Corp.’s playbook, Germany’s SAP AG announced late Sunday that it had agreed to acquire France’s business intelligence (BI) and analytics powerhouse Business Objects S.A. for $6.8 billion. The surprise move is almost certain to trigger further consolidation in the near future as smaller players and large ones, such as Microsoft Corp., reassess their strategies to take on the established enterprise resource planning (ERP) giants.

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