SIIA Announces Business Information & Media Summit – B2B Media Industry’s Most Diverse Event

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SIIA today announced the Business Information & Media Summit (BIMS) – a new conference designed to reflect increasing integration and transformation within the information and media industries. The conference, slated for November 10-12 in Miami, Fla., will focus on the integration of four markets that are dramatically impacting the B2B media landscape: big data, marketing, digital media and advertising.

Advertising-based media companies are becoming data companies. Subscription-based brands are entering the events business; and media marketing strategies and tactics are shifting constantly. As the lines which once separated industry business models fade away, the Business Information & Media Summit combines three former conferences – the Specialized Information Publishers Association’s Marketing Conference, the American Business Media’s Executive Forum, and InfoCommerce Group’s Data Content Conference – into one event that will provide the most comprehensive look at the rapidly changing B2B media industry.

Through high-level keynotes by top industry executives, and in-depth presentations on big data, marketing, digital media and advertising, the Business Information & Media Summit will provide insight and debate around on global data challenges, monetization of the Internet of Things and how big data is being leveraged by “little data” publishers.

SIIA’s BIMS will also feature:

  • Models of Excellence. InfoCommerce annually identifies and honors the data products that are re-setting the standards for data excellence. During the conference, the 2014 Models of Excellence companies will discuss their new products and what’s driving their innovation.
  • SIIA Previews. The most innovative early-stage B2B media companies will present at the conference and discuss how they are transforming the business information and media industries.

WHO:         Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA)

WHAT:       SIIA’s Business Information & Media Summit 2014 #BIMS14

WHEN:      November 10-12, 2014

WHERE:     The Fontainebleau, Miami, FL   

For a complete schedule of events, visit: Updates in advance of the event are available using the conference’s Twitter hashtag: #BIMS14.

SIIA Releases 2014 Vision K-20 Survey Report

SIIA releases the 2014 Vision K-20 Survey Report, its seventh annual national survey measuring U.S. educational institutions’ self-reported progress toward building a framework that embraces technology and e-learning. The findings were presented at a press event during the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference. The report suggests that K-20 education institutions are striving for more digital educational goals, which are increasingly reached through Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies.

Central findings from this year’s report include:

  • Respondents expect an increase in the use of BYOD technology.
  • Both the current and ideal level of technology integration has shown a directional increase for K-12 and postsecondary institutions, compared to 2013.
  • There is a need for increased technology integration in K-20 education.
  • Educators recognize that there is a large gap between current and ideal levels of implementation, which they aspire to fill.
  • Only 40 percent of K-12 education institutions feel prepared for upcoming online assessments.

The survey, which transitioned to a seven-point benchmarking scale this year, was distributed to nearly 1,000 educators and administrators with the help of many partner organizations – being the most prolific recruiter. SIIA also recognizes its lead partner, MMS Education, for its work on the Vision K-20 Survey analysis and report.

To view the Executive Summary of the 2014 Vision K-20 Survey Report, visit

To download the full report, visit

For more information on the 2014 Vision K-20 Survey results, contact


Karen BillingsKaren Billings is Vice President for the Education Division at SIIA. Follow the SIIA Education Team on Twitter at @SIIAEducation

SIIA Announces “Lightning Round” Winner at 2014 Strategic & Financial Investment Conference

SIIA announced the winner of its new Lightning Round Competition at its Strategic & Financial Investment Conference, which was held yesterday in New York City.

During this unique one-day event, hand-picked and carefully screened companies with revenues between $5 million and $250 million focused on  the software, digital content, ed tech and information services industries, presented their products and services to an invitation-only audience of investors, venture capitalists, M&A firms, corporate development officers and other investment professionals.

Debuting this year was a new competition called Lightning Round, where investors attending the conference selected three presenting companies to participate in the competition. FirstRain, Mag+ and Extole had the honor of being selected. Each company presented their pitch for 5 minutes and then took questions from a panel of investment experts that included Bill Detwiler, CFO of Risk Assistance Network & Exchange, Mark Holdreith, Partner of Media Advisory Partners, and Joshua Sukenic, Senior Vice President of Sales and Growth Strategy of EBSCO Industries Inc.

FirstRain won the competition and received an opportunity that’s invaluable to any early-stage company – direct access to key players in the investment industry who will spend time with FirstRain executives, and provide input and guidance into their business.

The SIIA Strategic & Financial Investment Conference featured the following companies:

The fifth annual SIIA Strategic & Financial Investment Conference served as an exclusive opportunity for some of the most innovative emerging companies in the media and digital content, information services, education technology, and software services sectors. Over the past four years, the Strategic & Financial Investment conference has continually produced valuable financial partnerships and opportunities for participating companies.

More information on the event is available using the conference’s Twitter hashtag: #SIIAINVEST.

Bill Detwiler, Chief Financial Officer, Risk Assistance Network + Exchange Mark Holdreith, Partner, Media Advisory Partners Penny Herscher, President & CEO, FirstRain Inc. Ken Wasch, President, SIIA Mike Marchesano, Managing Director, ABM Joshua Sukenic, Senior Vice President of Sales and Growth Strategy, EBSCO Industries Inc.

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Bill Detwiler, Chief Financial Officer, Risk Assistance Network + Exchange
Mark Holdreith, Partner, Media Advisory Partners
Penny Herscher, President & CEO, FirstRain Inc.
Ken Wasch, President, SIIA
Mike Marchesano, Managing Director, ABM
Joshua Sukenic, Senior Vice President of Sales and Growth Strategy, EBSCO Industries Inc.

World Financial Information Conference Slated for October 4-7, 2015 in New Orleans

FISD today announced that it will host its 12th biennial World Financial Information Conference (WFIC) October 4-7, 2015 in New Orleans. The conference will bring together hundreds of financial information industry leaders from over 38 countries for three and a half days of dialogue on the challenges facing the industry in a post-global recession world.

The World Financial Information Conference is the only global event that focuses exclusively on issues associated with dissemination, management and use of financial information.

Michael Connor, CEO of MNI/Deutsche Börse said, “I have had the opportunity to attend WFIC several times and each time I have received great value from the sessions and the networking. For senior professionals in the financial information space there is no better opportunity to get current on important issues facing the industry.  Combine this with the chance for interaction with many of the key players from vendors, exchanges and user firms and you have the best industry gathering available.”

“WFIC is a one-of-a-kind event that brings together industry professionals from around the globe, to facilitate communication about issues and topics that are affecting the financial information services industry,” noted Tom Davin, Managing Director of FISD. “One of our chief goals in hosting this conference is to ensure participants are positioned for future growth in this volatile and increasingly competitive environment.  Delegates to WFIC benefit through the knowledge they garner and the relationships they build.”

For the 2015 event, FISD welcomes back the Deutsche Bӧrse Group as the Platinum Sponsor and Thomson Reuters as a Gold Sponsor.

For more information about the 2015 World Financial Information Conference, Tracey Shumpert, or +1.212.784.6352

Stay up-to-date with the conversation on Twitter by following us @FISD_SIIA

Winners Named in the 2014 SIPAwards Competition

SIPA named 20 first-place winners and 57 winners overall in its annual SIPAwards competition for excellence in editorial-writing and marketing at an evening reception in downtown Washington, D.C. on Thursday, June 5.

Winners were on hand at the Capital Hilton in D.C. to accept their awards during the reception. The subjects of the winning editorial pieces ranged from embryonic stem cells to net neutrality to a case of CPR refusal by a nurse—the latter winning the Investigative Reporting Award named for the late, respected industry leader David Swit. The Margie Weiner Award for Best Marketing Team of the Year, named for yet another dynamic industry leader and creative marketer, was presented to Access Intelligence for EventTech 2013 Marketing Campaign.

Below is the full list of 2014 SIPAwards winners:

Best Blog or Commentary
1st Hospital Report, Joy Dickinson; Russ Underwood, Leslie Hamlin, Jill Drachenberg, AHC Media
2nd The HR Soapbox, Pat DiDomenico, Business Management Daily
3rd Steve’s Senior Care Blog, Steve Monroe, Irving Levin Associates

Best Daily Publication
1st BioWorld Today, Lynn Yoffee, Jennifer Boggs, Anette Breindl, Sharon Kingman, Amanda Lanier, Nuala Moran, Brian Orelli, Karen Pihl-Carey, Randy Osborne, Marie Powers, Mari Serebrov, Catherine Shaffer, Cormac Sheridan, Peter Winter, BioWorld and Medical Device Daily (division of Thomson Reuters)

2nd BioWorld and Medical Device Daily (division of Thomson Reuters), Holland Johnson, Amanda Pedersen, Mark McCarty, Omar Ford, Robert Kimball, John Brosky, Jim Stommen, Medical Device Daily

3rd Cynopsis Media: Flagship Edition, Roberta Caploe, Lynn Leahey, Cynopsis Media

Best Editorial and Marketing Collaboration
1st HR Daily Advisor, Stephen D. Bruce PhD, Amanda Hurlburt, Paul Manko, Kate Sullivan, Denise Rand, BLR

2nd IA Watch – Conquering Current IA Compliance Challenges, Andrew Umhoefer, Carl Ayers, Marge Gold, Sonia Bunch, United Communications Group

3rd SAPinsider Online Live Q&As, Kristine Erickson and Matthew Shea, United Communications Group

Best Instructional Reporting
1st Special Report: Face-to-Face Guidance Series, Josh Poltilove, United Communications Group

2nd Emergency Medicine Reports: Palliative Care in the ED, Shelly Mark; Travis E. DeVader, MD; Tammie E. Quest, MD; J. Stephan Stapczynski, MD, AHC Media

3rd, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Reports: Disaster Planning in the Pediatric ED, Shelly Mark; Kristin M. Kim, MD, PhD; Ann M. Dietrich, MD, AHC Media

Best Interpretative or Analytical Reporting
1st It Takes All Kinds, Sandra O’Loughlin, Rachel Kirkpatrick, Access Intelligence

2nd Trauma Reports: Civilian Blast Injury, Shelly Mark; Robert Falcone, MD, FACS; Ann M. Dietrich, MD, AHC Media

3rd (tie) Casket Survey Shows Funeral Directors Relying More on Technology, Thomas A. Parmalee, United Communications Group

3rd (tie) Are Regulators Softening Their Stance on Classified Assets Ratios?, Aaron Steinberg, United Communications Group

Best Marketing Launch for a New Product
1st Farm Journal Educational Series, Pro Farmer Sales & Marketing Team, Pro Farmer

2nd OPIS Basics of Fuel Buying eLearning course, Molly Van Grack, United Communications Group

3rd Successful Pre-Marketing of Contexo Media Coding Workbook, Aimee Poole, United Communications Group

Best Use of Mobile
1st Producing 675 Highly Interactive eBooks in 7 Months, Aptara

2nd Aptara’s Cost-Saving Migration from Print to Mobile for Cisco, Aptara

Best Website
1st OPIS Website Redesign, Dawn Lewis, Sharon Cappucci, United Communications Group

2nd Modern Distribution Management (, Modern Distribution Management, Gale Media

3rd, The SAPinsider editorial, marketing, sales, and IT team, United Communications Group

Best Business/Marketing/Other Newsletter or Ezine
1st Oil Express Newsletter, Donna Harris, United Communications Group

2nd Fair Housing Coach, Carol Johnson Perkins, Vendome Group LLC

3rd Pat McKeough’s Inner Circle, Pat McKeough, The Successful Investor Inc.

Best Health Care/Medical/Fitness Newsletter or Ezine
1st Hospital Infection Control & Prevention, Gary Evans, AHC Media

2nd Environment of Care Leader , United Communications Group, DecisionHealth team

3rd Home Health Line , Barbara Bryant, Joshua Poltilove, Burt Schorr, Nicholas Stern, United Communications Group

Best Financial/Investing Newsletter or Ezine
1st Personal Finance, Philip Springer, John Persinos, Capitol Information Group

2nd MLP Profits, Igor Greenwald, Robert Rapier, Capitol Information Group

3rd (tie) Leeb Income Performance, Dr. Stephen Leeb, Genia Turanova, Alyssa A. Lappen, Leeb Group

3rd Investor’s Digest of Canada, Phillip Fine, Editor, MPL Communications Inc., MPL Communications Inc.

Best One-Topic Special Publication
1st HANA 360 magazine, The SAPinsider and insiderPROFILES editorial team, United Communications Group

2nd Stroke Alert, Vol. II: Prevention, Emergency Treatment, Rehabilitation, Leslie Coplin, Neill Kimball, Matthew Fink, MD, Donna Avanecean, MF, FNP-C, CNRN, APRN, AHC Media

3rd Successful Assessment for Student Affairs: A How-to Guide, Dr. Kimberly Yousey-Elsener, Julie Phillips, PaperClip Communications

Best Webinar Marketing
1st “Day of” emails for SAPinsider webinars, Laura Parsons, United Communications Group

2nd OR Manager Webinar Marketing, Kristine Keller, Access Intelligence

Best Scientific Writing or Technical Reporting
1st “Embryonic Stem Cells: Individual Medicine – But With 2 Individuals” in BioWorld Insight, Anette Breindl

BioWorld and Medical Device Daily (division of Thomson Reuters)

2nd SAP and SuccessFactors – An Overview, Luke Marson, Margaret Hein, United Communications Group

3rd Primary Care Reports: Palliative Care Principles Primary Care Physicians Should Know, Leslie Coplin; Ruth M., Thomson, DO, FACOI; Chirag Rajni Patel, MD; Gregory R. Wise, MD, FACP, AHC Media

Best Social Media Success Story
1st Building Business Management Daily’s Brands through Social Media, Jaclyn Baldovin, Elizabeth Hall, Business Management Daily

Best Spot News or Single News Story
1st Conflict Minerals Rule Has Unexpected Consequences for Distributors, Jenel Stelton-Holtmeier, Gale Media

2nd A Brewing Storm, Kenneth Briodagh, Access Intelligence

3rd (tie) Communications Daily on Net Neutrality, Howard Buskirk, Matthew S. Schwartz, Kate Tummarello, Warren Communications News

3rd (tie) Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Weekly, Alison Knopf, Wiley

Best Use of Video
1st  EventTech 2013 Video Marketing, Sarah Szczesny, Anu Thalakotur, Sophia Sikes, Access Intelligence

The David Swit Award for Best Investigative Reporting
1st Healthcare Risk Management: CPR Refusal Highlights Risk of Overly Strict Policies, Greg Freeman; Joy Dickinson, AHC Media

2nd Lessons Learned from Chevron Refinery Fire, Kevin Thompson, Providence Publications

3rd Mining and Tunneling Unit’s ‘No More Sylmars’ Legacy Threatened by ‘Brain Drain’, Kevin Thompson, Providence Publications

The Margie Weiner Award for Best Marketing Campaign of the Year
1st EventTech 2013 Marketing Campaign, Sarah Szczesny, Anu Thalakotur, Sophia Sikes, Access Intelligence

2nd (tie) “PIVOT to ICD-10”, Lesley Parthree, Corinne Kuypers-Denlinger, United Communications Group

2nd (tie) Retargeting Campaign, Eleanor Meredith, Irving Levin Associates

Best Live Event Marketing
1st Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour, Pro Farmer Crop Tour Team, Pro Farmer

2nd EMACS – The Customer Experience Conference 2013, Nancy Brand, Chartwell Inc.

3rd Scary Statistics Drive Triple Conference Success, Barbara Jones, Lesley Parthree, United Communications Group


DataContent Has Transformed into a Brand New Turbo-Charged Event: #BIMS14

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Plans are now underway for DataContent 2014, and it will be like no other event you’ve attended previously. That’s because DataContent is now part of a brand new turbo-charged event, the Business Information & Media Summit (BIMS), to be held November 10-12, 2014 in Miami.

The Summit combines DataContent with two other key events: SIPA Marketing Conference and ABM Executive Forum — to expand networking and learning for you — and your team! In total, we will have 5 tracks. Here are the top five things you will learn at the DataContent sessions:

  1. monetizing the Internet-of-Things
  2. rising to the global data challenge
  3. making money, making markets
  4. powering data with analytics
  5. exploiting open data and API’s… and much more!

You’ll also meet and mingle with this year’s Models of Excellence winners. Singled out by InfoCommerce Group for being the best role models in the industry, they’ll provide pre-mainstream insights you can use to keep your content and business model ahead of the curve.

While DataContent will immerse you in all things data, you can also pick and choose sessions from the additional conference tracks with more than 45 additional sessions. But most important of all, you will be amongst the largest annual gathering of business information and media professionals.

Check out our complete schedule of pre-cons, sessions and networking opportunities; and register using code MIAMI to save via our pre-registration / Early Bird discount of $400! Stay up-to-date with the conversation on Twitter by following the event at #BIMS14.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Heather Cejovic today at 212.784.6363, or via email at

BIMS Combines the SIPA Marketing Conference with Two Other Key Events

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The Business Information & Media Summit (BIMS) to be held November 10-12, 2014 in Miami.This all new Summit combines the SIPA Marketing Conference with two other key events: ABM Executive Forum and DataContent — to form the largest gathering of information and media leaders. You will experience all of the great content and networking that SIPA Marketing provided, plus much more!

Highlights include:

  • BIMS features five distinct learning tracks – and two tracks are dedicated exclusively to marketing. This means you will get the same great content you experienced at the SIPA Marketing Conference, and more!
  • The Marketing Tactics that Work track is focused on the how-to’s of marketing and dives into issues that marketing teams, practitioners and folks with their “boots-on-the-ground” care about. Hear about what is working and what is not, and what you need to know to be as effective as possible and drive company revenue.
  • The second track focuses on Marketing for Subscription Sales and is fully focused on best practices and strategies for leaders and teams responsible for driving the sales and marketing of subscription-focused products. The sessions will cover key marketing management challenges such as marketing automation, growing site license revenues, managing technology resources and coordinating marketing across channels.
  • Just like the SIPA Marketing Conference, this event will feature interactive roundtables and ample networking opportunities.

You will also find marketing-related topics interspersed throughout the other three conference tracks — DataContent, Sales and Executive tracks. You and your team will walk away with specific business opportunities you would not otherwise have had – including actionable insights you can put into practice immediately. We’ll also ensure you meet and network with members of SIIA’s European division, IIN.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Heather Cejovic today at 212.784.6363, or via email at

Check out our complete schedule of pre-cons, sessions and networking opportunities; and register using code MIAMI to save. Stay up-to-date with the conversation on Twitter by following the event at #BIMS14.

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