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)
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 →