Case | HBS Case Collection | August 2005 (Revised April 2007)

DICOM Group plc and Captiva Software Corp.

by Paul M. Healy

Abstract

Compares two companies in the information capture software industry. Asks students to analyze and compare the performance of two companies (one in the United Kingdom and the other in the United States) from the perspective of a buy-side analyst reporting to the manager of the firm's Global Technology Fund. The analyst must decide whether to recommend one or both stocks to the fund manager. Provides an opportunity to compare the differences in terminology, presentation of financial reports, and accounting methods for the U.S. and U.K. firms.

Keywords: History; Financial Management; Environmental Accounting; Activity Based Costing and Management; Financial Reporting; Performance; Performance Evaluation; Financial Statements; Economic Growth; Fair Value Accounting; Information Industry; Computer Industry; United Kingdom; United States;

Citation:

Healy, Paul M. "DICOM Group plc and Captiva Software Corp." Harvard Business School Case 106-015, August 2005. (Revised April 2007.)