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Gartner Acquires Nubera

Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT), the leading provider of research and analysis on the global information technology industry, announced the acquisition of Nubera, a privately held company based in Barcelona, Spain. Terms were not disclosed.  Nubera, whose flagship web property is GetApp, helps organizations discover, compare and choose the right business software and applications for their needs. The services provided by Nubera are ... Read More »

CRIF Acquires 30% Equity Stake in Economic Research Company Nomisma

CRIF will enter with a 30% stake in Nomisma’s share capital, becoming the largest shareholder as well as the only shareholder-industrial partner in the Bologna-based economic and industrial research company. The transaction involves the acquisition of a minority stake aimed at future industrial partnerships. The Bologna-based economic research company will maintain complete and unchanged operational independence. The new structure will ... Read More »

IRI Acquires Chinese MR Firm Datasea

Retail and healthcare data giant Information Resources Inc (IRI) has acquired Chinese MR and analytics services company Datasea, which focuses on the retail and CPG industries. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Datasea has offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Jinan, supported by a nationwide service network. The firm provides customer research, brand research, satisfaction and loyalty programs, new ... Read More »

Outsell: Information Industry is Growing and CEOs are Optimistic for 2015

Benchmark program results show good revenue growth in 2014, with 75% of firms taking on new employees; most CEOs expect better results this year. Outsell, Inc., the world’s only research and advisory firm focused on media, information, and technology, today announced publication of its annual 2015 Information Industry Benchmark Report. The study confirms that companies saw healthy revenue growth in 2014, ... Read More »

Harte Hanks Announces the Sale of Its B2B Research Businesses

Harte Hanks announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its B2B research businesses, Aberdeen Group and Harte Hanks Market Intelligence, to subsidiaries of Halyard Capital.  The company intends to use the proceeds from the transaction to support its strategic development.  Aberdeen Group and Harte Hanks Market Intelligence represented less than 5% of Harte Hanks’ total 2014 revenues.  The ... Read More »

Outsell Inc. Releases “CEO Topics: 2014 Outsell 50 Performance Rankings”

BIIA co-founder Outsell Inc. has released a new CEO Topic, “CEO Topics: 2014 Outsell 50 Performance Rankings” THE CHALLENGE: Investors in large information companies can only buy shares of an entire organization and not individual divisions operating in different segments. Overall performance is therefore the most important indicator of a company’s relative market position. And in a world of convergence, ... Read More »

IMS Health Second Quarter 2014 Revenues Up 6.1%

Revenue for the second quarter increased 6.1 percent to $662 million, or 5.4 percent on a constant currency basis, compared with the second quarter of 2013. The company’s strong revenue performance in the second quarter was driven by a 12.7 percent increase in technology services. Information offerings revenue grew 1.8 percent. Revenue grew across all regions. Emerging markets increased 8.7 ... Read More »

IMS Health to Acquire Cegedim’s Information Solutions and CRM Businesses

IMS Health (NYSE:IMS) announced its intention to acquire certain Cegedim information solutions and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) businesses for €385 million (approximately$520 million) in cash. Cegedim is a global technology and services company specializing in healthcare.  The proposed transaction includes Cegedim’s CRM solutions that help life sciences clients in 80 countries drive sales effectiveness, optimize marketing programs across multiple channels and mitigate regulatory compliance ... Read More »

Big Data Startup CloudPhysics Hires Jeff Hausman as CEO

CloudPhysics, a big data startup founded by former VMware employees, said Tuesday it hired former Symantec and Hewlett-Packard executive Jeff Hausman to be its CEO.  Hausman joins CloudPhysics from Symantec, where he spent the past two-plus years as senior vice president of its $1 billion Information Availability and Intelligence unit. Existing CloudPhysics CEO John Blumenthal, who co-founded the Mountain View, ... Read More »

Nielsen Staff Layoffs

Nielsen is closing Scarborough Research’s call center in Sarasota, Florida, making 220 employees redundant by the end of September. Scarborough Research was founded in 1987 and was a joint venture between Nielsen and Arbitron, before the former acquired the latter last year.  The firm is now part of Nielsen’s Local Insight Suite, which provides measurement services across 210 markets nationwide, connecting ... Read More »

Forrester’s 2013 Data Privacy Heat Map

Forrester has published a data privacy report to help security and risk professionals navigate the complex landscape of privacy laws around the world.  Forrester created a data privacy heat map that highlights the data protection guidelines and practices for 54 different countries. Due to the dynamic nature of data protection legislation, information within the interactive tool is kept up-to-date with ... Read More »

Market Research Indonesia: Primera Acquired by GFK

Gfk Integrates Pt Primera Indonesia into its Existing Business to Strengthen Position in Southeast Asia Region The deal with the Indonesian market research agency will expand GfK’s Consumer Experience research offering into this fast-growing key market. PT Primera Indonesia, a full service market research agency, and GfK have announced today that PT Primera Indonesia will merge into GfK’s existing business ... Read More »