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    Saying farewell to David Bradshaw

    Saying farewell to David Bradshaw

    A funeral and celebration for David Bradshaw (shown left in this 2000 Ovum awayday photo, arm raised, with me and other colleagues) is to take place at West Norwood Crematorium, London SE27 at 2.45pm on Tuesday 23rd August and after at the Amba Hotel above London’s Charing Cross Station, on the Strand. David considered that that Ovum in that incarnation was […]

    David Bradshaw 1953-2016

    David Bradshaw 1953-2016

    David Bradshaw, one of the colleagues I worked with during my time as an analyst at Ovum, died on August 11. He led Cloud research in Europe for IDC, whose statement is below. David played a unique role at Ovum, bridging its telecoms and IT groups in the late 1990s by looking at computer-telecoms integration areas like CRM, which I […]

    AR managers are failing with consulting firms

    AR managers are failing with consulting firms

    Reflecting the paradoxical position of many clients, Kea’s Analyst Attitude Survey also goes to a wide range of consultants who play similar roles to analysts and are often employed by analyst firms. The responses to the current survey show that consultants are generally much less happy with their relationships with AR teams than analysts are. The paradox is that as […]

    Fersht: some IIAR award-winners “just tick the boxes”

    Fersht: some IIAR award-winners “just tick the boxes”

    Some of the firms mentioned by the IIAR’s analyst team awards fall short of excellence. That’s the verdict of several hundred analysts who took our Analyst Attitude Survey, and of the CEO of one of the top analyst firms. Phil Fersht left the comment below on our criticism of the IIAR awards. We thought we’d reprint it together with the […]

    Do the IIAR awards simply reward large firms?

    Do the IIAR awards simply reward large firms?

    The 2016 Institute for Industry Analyst Relations’ awards seem to be rewarding firms for the scale of their analyst relations, rather than their quality. In a blog post on July 6th, the IIAR awarded IBM the status of best analyst relations teams, with Cisco, Dell and HP as runners-up. Together with Microsoft, which outsources much of its analyst relations to […]

Pyramid Research acquired by TechWeb’s Light Reading Communications Network

Updated 8/29/08 8:15 am PT – SageCircle’s Carter Lusher just completed a phone-based conversation with Light Reading PR manager Amy Averbook. As is often the case in M&A events, Amy is not permited to provide significant incremental information beyond the press release at this time. She did say that the Pyramid brand would be retained.

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Here is the latest in analyst industry merger and acquisition news. TechWeb is a division of United Business Media, which made the hostile acquisition move on Informa (owner of Datamonitor, Ovum, et cetera, see here). UBM later withdrew its hostile bid.

SageCircle is in contact with Heavy Reading so check back later for an expanded article.

“Pyramid will be integrated with Heavy Reading (www.heavyreading.com), creating the communications industry’s most comprehensive provider of research. Heavy Reading, the independent market research arm of the Light Reading Communications Network, offers quantitative analysis of telecom technology to service providers, vendors and investors.” 

See here for the full press release.

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6 Responses

  1. wonder if techweb will acquire yankee also to create a new telco research giant?

  2. Hi Steve, Thanks for the comment.

    While Yankee obviously has problems, grabbing an existing company to quickly grow the client base, IP, sales teams and so on is certainly a reasonable approach.

  3. doubt it – too much overlap – why would they buy both?

  4. Hi Chris, Thanks for the comment.

    Overlap can be a problem, but it depends on the amount of overlap and reason for an acquisition. Some examples:

    If the client base overlap is realatively small, then an acquisition makes sense.

    If the remaining headcount – especially sales reps and their rolodexes — is valuable.

    If the intellectual property can be repurposed or put into a respository quickly.

  5. Yankee is clearly gearing up for a sale – and it makes sense for one entity to try and roll-up the remaining niche telco analyst firms such as pyramid and yankee. when you look at the analysts laid off, many of them were the firms’ best money-analysts. It is clearly a move to focus solely on the telco/wireless core, which is what would appeal to a potential buyer.

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