IIAR Webinar Report – Progressive Digital Media Acquires CurrentAnalysis

progressive-digital-media-group-plc-logoFollowing the Progressive Digital Media Group’s acquisition of CurrentAnalysis Inc in July 2014, Simon Pyper (CEO Progressive Digital Media Group) and key members of his team, kindly agreed to provide a Webinar for IIAR Members. This well attended webinar took place on the 5th September and provided a great overview of their combined strategy, synergy and strengths the two companies are now able to offer their  blue-chip customer base, through expanding its premium subscription based services into global markets.

The webinar was led by Ludovic Leforestier (AR Director at BearingPoint and IIAR Board Member) who was joined by:

Simon Pyper – CEO Progressive Digital Media Group
Russ Milburn – MD Product Development
Tim Royston-Webb – MD Business Information

 

The webinar presentation and recording are now available (for IIAR Members) <<here>>

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Wrap-up: Netscout vs. Gartner re. Magic Quadrant positioning

gartner[1]Two Three interesting takes on Netscout suing Gartner for not putting them in the leaders quadrant:

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IIAR Webinar: Progressive Digital Media Group Acquires CurrentAnalysis – 5/9/14

IIAR Webinar: Progressive Digital Media Group Acquisition of CurrentAnalysis Inc.

Date: 5th September 2014
Time: 4pm BST, 5PM CET, 11am EST
Location: IIAR Webinar – Register HERE
 
Summary: On the 30 July 2014, the Board of Progressive Digital Media Group Plc, the provider of high quality premium business information to the consumer and technology markets, confirmed their acquisition of CurrentAnalysis Inc. We will be joined by their CEO and others who will present and discuss their acquisition; during which they will cover – Strategy, Business Models, Clients Served, Value Proposition and ultimately “Why should AR care?”
Attendees:

  • Simon Pyper – CEO Progressive Digital Media Group – Holding company for Kable, Pyramid and Current Analysis
  • Russ Milburn – MD Product Development
  • Tim Royston-Webb – MD Business Information

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[GUEST POST] Gartner Updates: Notes from the AR regional briefing in the UK

Gartner has its ‘listening hat’ on at the UK AR Regional BriefingNew methodologies introduced by Gartner

Gartner recently opened its doors to AR professionals with a day of presentations and interactive workshops targeted at the influencer relations community. The idea was to build on the AR forums given at the Gartner Symposium conferences and spend more time on topics that we, as AR professionals, have said we wanted to know more about.

Overall, it was an excellent event with a good balance of presentations and interactive discussions. The first panel slot was rather over staged and an over-run at the start of the day left little time for what must have been one of the most useful sessions of the day by David Black on Gartner reports and methodologies (“Gartner Update: Magic Quadrant Contextualization and Critical Capabilities”). See below for a summary of the updates. Continue reading

[GUEST POST] Key Requirements for Vendors When Briefing Software Analysts

DrNatalie%20Headshot%20color[1]By NataliePetouhoff from Constellation Research.

In any given week, analysts hear many pitches. What may not be apparent is “How engaged is the analyst?” So if you are a vendor, how do you engage an analyst? First, don’t be one of those people who is more interested in getting through all your slides in the short period of time you have with the analyst versus really having an engaging conversation with the analyst. Continue reading

IIAR members – be among the first to meet the management team of new Ovum

Ovum logoAt 17:00 on the 26th June, the UK arm of the IIAR is meeting with Steve Hotham CEO of the newly merged Ovum / ITM Research company (which is branded Ovum), along with Martin Hill, MD of Ovum’s Telecoms Research and Consulting, and Ian Charlesworth, MD of Ovum’s IT Research and Consulting.

They will be presenting the new Ovum organisation and its new product range and capabilities as well as explaining the many changes that have taken place as a result of the merger, which was announced in April. Continue reading

Gallic research firms get cosy: after taking on Germany, CXP and PAC merge

Just hot from the press, French IT analysis firms CXP and PAC announced their merger. The press release below is scant on details, but it seems that VC-funded CXP snapped up privately owned PAC, both of which took over German firms BARC and Berlecon in the last few years.

On paper, it’s a good fit. Of course culturally, both being Franco-German and also on the business side with PAC selling to IT vendors and CXP mostly to IT users.

Their claim to be the leading European analysis firm conveniently forgets Ovum however…

More to follow soon.

Updated 15/06/14: register here for a an IIAR call with:

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