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.
Are you still following me?
The temperature may be dropping, but things have been heating up in the analyst community. Yes, it’s that time of year when we ask you to put the analysts themselves under the spotlight.
The 2017 IIAR Analyst of the Year Award nominations saw some hot competition, but inevitably there can be only one winner (well, actually we have three, but more about that shortly). Announced at the IIAR Christmas Party, kindly sponsored by Criteo, we celebrated the successes of some of the industry’s favourite thinkers and most serious strategists. Continue Reading →
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)
As with TBR, the press release is scant on details but we can speculate the deal is about cross-selling and extending its geographic reach. Continue Reading →
[This post are my views only, not that of the IIAR board or my employer]
PAC (Pierre Audoin Consultants) and TBR (Technology Business Research) announced last week a ‘global strategic partnership’. The press release is scant on details about the exact terms of the collaboration but they point out that they complement themselves geographically, with TBR based mostly (if only?) in the USA and PAC being a Franco-German (or actually Germano-French) firm. Continue Reading →
Following our IIAR Café and Webinar with PAC on Wed 20th Feb 2013, we’ve done a 3 mn video of Fréderic Munch (LinkedIn) / CEO, PAC (Pierre Audoin Consultants).
IIAR members will have access to the recording the IIAR Huddle extranet shortly.
See also some previous posts on PAC:
- IIAR Café and Webinar with PAC on Wed 20th Feb 2013
- Around Duncan Brown from PAC in 10 questions
- Frédéric Munch named President of the Board of Pierre Audoin Consultants
- Smart move: PAC buys Berlecon
- September IIAR London Forum Featured European Analyst Panel
Today, we’re profiling Duncan Brown (@duncanwbrown, LinkedIn, blog) who has just come back to the analyst world as Director at PAC (Pierre Audoin Consultants). Previously, Duncan was on the dark side with Influencers50 and when as an analyst at IDC and Ovum.
Duncan will be with other PAC members this Wednesday at the IIAR Café in London and the IIAR Webinar.
What are your coverage areas?
Everything! I’m a complete jack of all trades (and a master of none?). I’ve covered everything from CRM and ECM to e-payments and open source. And services. And printers. And…oh you get the idea. I’ve been around long enough to have seen everything at least once. Don’t you think the IT industry just keeps reinventing old problems as new ones to solve? These days I’m actually more interested in how IT firms go to market – they are generally appallingly poor at marketing themselves and their wares. Continue Reading →
IIAR is delighted to announce its two-in-one event with PAC’s top European and UK management on Wednesday 20th Feb 2013, 1730 onward in London. The event includes:
- IIAR Café: Come and meet PAC’s top European and UK management face-to-face!
- IIAR Webinar: Join them via online conference for a webinar! Continue Reading →
December 15, 2011 – The Supervisory Board of Pierre Audoin Consultants (PAC), European leader in market research and strategic consulting on the software and IT services market, has named Frédéric Munch as Head of the Board. Frédéric Munch will take official charge of his new responsibilities from December 15, 2011.
Frédéric Munch brings with him a rich experience within the PAC Group. He began his career in the company in 1996 as a consultant, and rapidly rose to take on a variety of responsibilities, becoming the CFO & COO of the Group in 2001. In the beginning of 2009, he took charge of the management of the German subsidiary, a position in which he led a phase of strong growth, and today PAC Germany has three offices in Munich, Berlin and Hamburg.
In his new role, Frédéric Munch will accelerate the execution of PAC’s strategic plan, of which the principal objective is to respond to the growth challenges of ICT players and to reinforce the positioning of PAC as the partner of reference in the industry. Continue Reading →
FYI, we have received this from PAC today.
Leading IT Services Industry Expert Joins PAC UK
London – March 3, 2011 – Pierre Audoin Consultants, the software and IT services analyst firm, is delighted to announce that IT Services industry expert John Leigh has joined its UK team.
John has taken on the position of Research Director, with a focus on leading the company’s research and consulting services in the flourishing Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) markets. Continue Reading →
Today Pierre Audoin Consultants (PAC, @pac_consultants) bought Berlin-based analyst and consulting firm Berlecon Research (@nicoledufft). It’s a excellent choice for PAC, and a very natural partner for Berlecon because of the two well-established firms’ long period of cooperation and their similar continental cultures and the consulting-heavy business model which is essential to success in the German market.
Berlecon has long been a strong M&A target, something we which noted long ago; In 2005 I commented that both PAC and Berlecon would fit together nicely if Ovum wanted to expand. Despite the premature death in 2006 of the firm’s talented founder, Thorsten Wichmann, the firm has held on to a data-heavy approach (reflecting its distinct reliance on economic analysis).
Indeed, at times the firm is quite belligerent against its competitors’ data quality: I translated one of these broadsides, and it gives a good flavour of the firm’s pride. This evidence-based approach has allowed it to build strong relationships with public sector clients, especially regulators and those concerned with open source solutions. Its partnership with the Fraunhofer Institute gives it a capacity to evaluate emergent technology that’s rather different from larger analysts firms focussed on already-mature solutions. Continue Reading →
Pierre Audoin Consultants, the software and IT services analyst firm, is delighted to announce that software industry expert Philip Carnelley has joined its UK team. Philip has taken on the position of Research Director, with a focus on leading the companyʼs research and consulting services in the dynamic software and application services markets as well as becoming a key contributor to PAC Cloud research team.
The September IIAR London Forum was hosted by Bite Communications, and featured a European AR panel with Lawrence Calot of LeCXP, and Jean-Christophe Bodhuin of PAC. Ludovic Leforestier moderated with questions on the industry in general, AR best practices, and local AR. The analyst presentations and meeting notes are available to members here. A special thanks goes Fionnula Fitzsimons, Bite Communications, for hosting the Forum,
There are still a few places left for next Thursday’s Forum featuring a European analyst panel with Laurent Calot, LeCXP and Jean-Christophe Bodhuin, PAC. If you are not a member of IIAR and have not attended an IIAR Forum before, you can also register for this event.
Please RSVP to the secretary at jcourtenay(at)analystrelations(dot)org.
DARA Event on 20.1.2009 / Podcast about the IIAR
As the year has started with some of the most negative predictions we have heard for the past years, it becomes obvious that close collaboration between AR professionals of different companies and among AR and IT research professionals will become even more important than before.
One little step towards this objective are the local events organized by the IIAR and its associated organizations and chapters. In Germany, a few volunteers and I have also worked to bring AR and IT research together.
Next week, we want to strike a balance and look ahead:
For the 20th of January this year, the German Analyst Relations Working Group, which is closely working together with the IIAR, is organizing a fireside chat and networking dinner in the city center of Frankfurt / Main. The official title is: “IT industry and the IT research industry in times of economic slowdown”
We are enabling networking and discussions between important analyst relations professionals on the one side and important analyst houses on the other side. We have seen extremely positive reactions to our plans from both, the IT industry and the analyst houses.
What are your coverage areas?
IT Services and sourcing in general, however, I have spent most of my time this year on application-related services particularly around SAP (and to some extent Oracle Apps). SAP is a very hot topic for us right now as we recently launched a dedicated SAP Services Research Practice covering all regions of the world. Concerning my personal role, I concentrate more on the custom/consulting activity than on our off-the-shelf reports. Continue Reading →