Over the past few months, the analyst community has been experiencing an array of changes, with many analyst departures and career moves shaking up the status quo. As we come back to work and the summer days fade into autumn, there’s no better time to catch-up with analyst firms and understand what has changed, what’s to come and exactly how their services can support AR pros and their programmes.
Le CXP is one of the oldest IT analysis firms around. It was created in 1973, six years before Gartner, under the auspices of the French Ministry of Industry by some of the largest French companies at the time: Air France, Anotec, Bred, BSN (now Danone), EDF, RATP and the Société Générale. Its remit was to provide expertise on packaged software -hence the name in French, the deliciously quaint Centre d’Expertise des Progiciels. It’s been doing just this plus some consulting for IT users, gently and in French (Americans would call this in “local language”) until it bought PAC, a rival but vendor-focussed French firm, in 2014. At last I should say, and after PAC’s founder, Pierre Audoin, passed away.
Before this, Le CXP bought German BI specialist BARC in 2011 and PAC snapped German firm Berlecon on the same year. As a result, we’ve got a Paris based firm doing more business in Germany than France. They must like it there.
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German consulting (and analyst) firm Experton (web, @expertongroup in German, seems they stopped tweeting in English back in 2013 @twitter.com/experton), founded by ex-Meta Group employees (including Andreas Zilch), falls to American ISG (web, @ISG_News).
With BARC and Berlecon in the CXP Group stable (including PAC), the German IT analysis market is now largely foreign owned with the exception of TechConsult (@techconsult_de,owned by media group Heise)
- PAC a vendor based business, strong in France, Germany (actually a French company managed from Germany by a French guy!) – Software & Services.
- CXP built on end-user business in France with a low entry point – Software & Services, it means centre d’expertise des progiciels)
- BARC, looking at BI, German, bought by CXP > Le CXP and BARC merge: ignore local firms at your perils
- … plus Berlecon, bought by PAC Smart move: PAC buys Berlecon
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:
- Laurent Calot / CEO, CXP (LinkedIn, @LaurentCalot)
- Frederic Munch / CEO, PAC (LinkedIn, @FredMunch)
- Moderator: Ludovic Leforestier (LinkedIn, @lludovic)
BARC (no Twitter handle?) is a German IT analysis firm founded in 1994 and focusing mostly on ECM and BI. Le CXP (@cxpoeilexpert or @cxplace) dates back from 1973 and was formed originally as an end-user consortium aiming at evaluating something new at the time, packaged software.
Both focus on the end-user and will have something like 30 analysts and consultants overall, focussing only on software and selling mostly to end-users. Le CXP is also in partnership with Penteo (@PenteoAnalyst) in Spain.
Those three players, are some kind of exception for having built strong and resilient local IT Analysis firms. There are many other EMEA players, some such as Ovum are more global in nature, other like PAC are vendor-facing or are more about consulting (e.g. Experton). And many more in the UK.
Key takeaway for AR pros:
- All those firms do answer a need for local knowledge in local langage
- For a reason, they can’t be easily dismissed, most of them for instance have a high SOV in their local market
- Some also have a prescriber role with end-users, typically below the radar of larger US firms
- Others have an expertise in the ecosystem and channels
- AR professionals should incorporate local influencers into their plans, even if they can appear as a low priority from 5,000 miles away
- Sometimes, they’re best “handled” through a GloCal model (members should read the IIAR Best Practice Papers on International AR > link 1, link 2)