Chinese investors have agreed to buy International Data Group (IDG) – the 53-year-old tech research giant and publisher – for under $1 billion. The deal will split the company into two parts, China Oceanwide Holdings Group will become the controlling shareholder of IDG’s operating businesses, which includes its subsidiaries — analyst firm IDC and IDG Communications, which runs several publications, including PC World, Computerworld, Network World, MacWorld, InfoWorld, ChannelWorld and CIO.
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Gartner - Akshay Sharma is leaving Gartner after more than a decade of service to the analyst firm. As a Research Director in Gartner’s Carrier Network Infrastructure group, Akshay’s areas of coverage included: mobile infrastructure, mobile broadband, cloud-based Telco 2.0, SDN and NFV, CDN, Wi-Fi, LTE-U, 5G, TV white spaces, small cells, VoIP, IMS, FMC, and trends in core network distributed softswitch architectures. It is not yet clear where he is headed or who will replace him.
Machina Research - IoT analyst firm, Machina Research has been acquired by Gartner as part of its strategy of expanding its IoT research offerings. Founded in 2011, Machina Research's analyst team will transition in its entirety to Gartner, including founders Jim Morrish and Matt Hatton. Gartner has more than 1,450 research analysts and consultants, with clients in 90 countries.
The FierceMarkets telecom group has just launched its ninth publication. FierceBroadcasting will focus mainly on the business and technology issues facing programmers, broadcasters and content companies as they work to create and distribute their content. It will also cover the upheaval currently taking place throughout the media and entertainment industry, including AT&T's proposed purchase of Time Warner. Ben Munson has been appointed Editor of FierceBroadcasting.
Gerry Purdy/Mobilocity - AOTMP, telecom management certification provider and organizer of the AOTMP Telecom Management Conferences for Enterprises and Vendors, has acquired Mobilocity LLC and hired J. Gerry Purdy, Ph.D. as Principal Analyst, Mobile & Wireless to support AOTMP’s growth and expansion plans in the mobile and wireless arena. Purdy’s responsibilities will include market research, conferences & events and a number of certification programs. He’ll report to Bill Hinton, VP & GM, Vendor Practice.
Wireless Week - Diana Goovaerts has been promoted from Associate Editor to Editor and is now the main contact for Wireless Week. Former Editor-in-Chief Andrew Berg now serves as the Editorial Director of Advantage Business Media’s manufacturing group. WirelessWeek.com reaches more than 472,000 unique visitors per month.
Light Reading has been acquired by Informa for an undisclosed amount. The publishing, events and market research company was founded in 2000, sold to UBM in 2005 and repurchased by its co-founder and CEO Stephen Saunders in 2014. Saunders announced plans to stay with Light Reading for the foreseeable future. The acquisition of Light Reading is the next stage of Informa’s TMT (Technology, Media & Telecom) expansion program.
Sue Marek is leaving her position as Editor-in-Chief at FierceMarkets after nine years of service. She is joining the team at SDxCentral as VP of Content, tasked with expanding the site’s wireless coverage. She’ll be working closely with Managing Editor, Craig Matsumoto (formerly of Light Reading). Mike Dano replaces Sue as Editor-in-Chief of the Telecom Group at Fierce, where he’s held various editorial positions for the past eight years.
FierceTelecom – Ben Munson has joined Fierce, as editor of multiple pubs. Prior to joining the FierceTelecom team, Ben was the editor of CED covering regulation, network innovation, business strategies, and emerging technologies for the wireless, broadband and video industries for more than three years. He also previously served as associate editor covering wireless news at Wireless Week.