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German analyst firms: die große Konsolidierung

ISG buys Experton (IIAR)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)

ISG also bought Saugatuck (web, @ISG_Insights), showing they believe scale is key in the research subscription business model.  Continue Reading →

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CXP Group – A European analyst powerhouse in formation?

CXPLaurent CalotWith over 20 joining the IIAR Webinar with Laurent Calot (@LaurentCalot), CEO of the CXP Group yesterday (23rd April 15) who provided a detailed overview of the CXP Group, this was followed by an enthusiastic Q&A session.
Having merged both the end-user business and vendor business of three companies (CXP, PAC and BARC) the CXP Group now provides good positions in both France, Germany and other locations (there are 17 offices in 10 countries) from combination of:
However, there is little remaining from previous partnerships such as the one between PAC and TBR > PAC and TBR announce a ‘strategic global partnership.’ Yep or RADAR PAC does Nordic.
CXP in a Nutshell – From the overview presentation …
CXP Overview
Pros: CXP is gaining in importance in Europe, increasing cross-border translations and bringing product sets together and hiring key analysts: Andy Bitterer (ex. Gartner) and Andreas Zilch (ex. Experton)
Cons: Many offerings still national (e.g. PAC Radars) potentially limiting relevance for large vendors
Bottom line:
  • AR pros should keep a watch on the internationalisation of the CXP Group offerings on the one hand and the impact of CXP Group companies in local markets where they are often deal makers.

A recording of the session and a copy of the presentation are available for members <<Here>>

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Le CXP and BARC merge: ignore local firms at your perils

+ Le CXP (logo) - Tout bien pesé

BARC and Le CXP announced last week they were merging.

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)

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