I got an e-mail this morning from IndexTools saying they've been acquired by Yahoo! and more details will be coming on April 15th. I'm guessing this means Yahoo! is trying to compete with Google Analytics which means IndexTools will become free.
That's both good and bad... One of the wonderful things about IndexTools was how responsive they were - they'd do all sorts of customization/integration for you at a reasonable price. I'm hoping that's not going to go away, but I'm afraid it will... On the other hand they were the analytics tool I really wanted to work with becaue, like Google Analytics, they just seemed to "get" the issues and have a sensible, but powerful interface. I've had some exposure now to both WebTrends and Unica's NetInsight and can't say the same for either of them.
The bottom line is that it's possible we'll see another free competitor to Google Analytics that has many of the same qualities of Google Analytics in that it has a clear, no-nonsense, to-the-point interface. That's quite exciting.
It is curious timing however. In the middle of a possible merger between Yahoo! and Microsoft, Yahoo! goes and buys an analytics package when Microsoft is already working on Gatineau. What would be horrible is to see a merger where IndexTools gets shut down completely in favor of Gatineau. Let's hope that never happens...