SIIA to Hold Education Business Forum Dec 9-10 in New York

SIIA today announced that it will hold the Education Business Forum (EBF), the leading business and finance conference for the K-12 and postsecondary education technology markets, Dec. 9-10 at McGraw-Hill Conference Center in New York City.

The annual conference will bring together senior management teams of education software companies, platform technology firms, financial analysts, solution providers and distributors, publishers, financial analysts, private equity firms, and venture capitalists. Participants will discuss new business models and how to leverage shifts in the digital learning space, in addition to sharing knowledge about new markets, growth in financial investment, and new paths to revenue.

For the first time, the conference starts earlier for Game-Changing Market Opportunity sessions.  These new sessions are designed to facilitate lively, strategic discussion among participants. Industry experts will start the session with an overview, share crucial market information, and then guide a discussion and answer questions.

Game-Changing Market Opportunities:

  • Leveraging the Special Ed Market with Products You Already Have
  • Trends in the Higher Ed Space
  • Latest Info on Government Funding
  • Development Strategies for a Mobile and Global World
  • How Customers are Finding and Purchasing Ed Tech Products
  • Leveraging Social Media to Stay Competitive

Sea Changes:

  • How and Where Do We Compete in a Growing Global Market?
  • Key Transformations in the Education Sector that can be Opportunities or Challenges!
  • Developing for the Growing Mobile Technology and Especially… the Mobile Customer

Interactive Sessions that focus on Customers, Providers and Funding:

  • Facing Student Data Security and Privacy Issues
  • Budgeting Strategies Before – and After – the Investment
  • Growing from Innovator to a Successful Company
  • Using Technical Standards to Grow Your Business
  • Finding Global Customers
  • Growing Through Partnerships and Acquisitions
  • Growing Through Effective Marketing Strategies and Tactics

The Education Business Forum will also feature:

  • Innovation IncubatorSIIA’s Innovation Incubator program identifies and supports entrepreneurs in the development and distribution of innovative learning technologies. The program began in 2006, and has provided mentorship for dozens of successful products and companies in their efforts to improve education through the use of software, digital content, and related technologies.
  • One-to-One Business ConnectionsOne-to-One Business Connections meetings will be scheduled during designated times throughout the conference by SIIA staff, with the support of its partner Educational Systemics. SIIA will select companies to meet with participants based on the preferences they described in their respective surveys. These fast-paced exchanges will help pave the way for increased capital, revenue, and strategic alliances between participants.

WHO: Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA)
WHAT: Education Business Forum #2014EBF
WHEN: Dec. 9-10, 2014
WHERE: The McGraw-Hill Conference Center, New York City

For a complete schedule of events, visit:

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

Upcoming FISD Women’s Group Luncheons Expand from London and New York to Include Hong Kong & Sydney

FISD today announced the expansion of the FISD Women’s Group event series from London and New York to include Hong Kong and Sydney. The FISD Women’s Group offers women in the market data industry the opportunity to network, discuss challenges and share advice.

FISD announced the next FISD Women’s Luncheon will be held November 3, 2014 in Hong Kong hosted by Thompson Reuters. The keynote speaker is Kimberley Cole, Head of Specialist Sales Asia at Thomson Reuters. Cole is a dynamic leader with a strong financial markets background and a wealth of international experience gained from a range of sales, marketing, and business management roles. Cole’s career has taken her around the globe from Melbourne to London along with time in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Sydney. Passionate about Women in Leadership, Cole was co-founder of Women in Finance Asia, Hong Kong, and is actively involved in Women on Boards among other networks. In 2013 Cole was named one of Cranfield’s 100 Women to Watch.

A subsequent AsiaPac FISD Women’s Luncheon will be held November 10, 2014 in Sydney hosted by Thompson Reuters. The keynote speaker is Ian Oppermann, CEO of SIRCA Technology. SIRCA Tech, a knowledge infrastructure company supports financial market research and analytics for over 600 customers globally and works across the university, business and government sectors. Oppermann has over 20 years’ experience in the ICT sector having held senior management roles in Europe and Australia as Director for Radio Access Performance at Nokia, Global Head of Sales Partnering (OSS) at Nokia Siemens Networks, and recently Divisional Chief and then Flagship Director at CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation).

The third FISD Women’s group event will be held in December 3, 2014 in London hosted by Interactive Data.  This late afternoon gathering and reception will feature a negotiations workshop given by Natalie Reynolds, Founder and Managing Director of advantageSPRING. Reynolds was recently described by the Guardian newspaper as a “leading expert in effective negotiation” and contributes negotiation articles to the Huffington Post and Forbes. Reynolds and the advantageSPRING team work with a range of global companies to develop internal negotiation capability through coaching and training, and to design and execute negotiation strategies, often generating huge savings, increased revenue, or efficiencies for her clients.

The final FISD Women’s group event in the series will be held January 21, 2015 in New York City, hosted by Goldman Sachs.  This afternoon gathering and reception will feature a magnetic leadership workshop given by Lauren Fritsch, Founder and CEO of The Coaching Collective, a boutique management consulting firm.  The Coaching Collective provides change management, strategy, sales team trainings, talent engagement, culture and process innovation to clients in diverse industries. Her work has been spotlighted by ABC, Social Media Weeks NYC + DC, South By Southwest, the INC 5000, Let’s Talk Live,Design*Sponge, and Katie Couric.

“FISD Women’s Group endeavors to support women in in the financial information industry by providing sophisticated educational and network opportunities in a fun and interactive atmosphere.,” said Tracey Shumpert, FISD Member Relations Manager. “We are very pleased to expand our program from London and New York to include to Hong Kong and Sydney.”

To learn more information about FISD Women’s Group please contact Member Relations Manager of FISD, Tracey Shumpert at 202.784.6352 or

FISD Women's Group

FISD Women’s Group–London.

What Winning a CODiE Award Means to Learnosity

titleThis blog was written by Patrick Gillett, Business Development, Learnosity.


While we always knew that SIIA and the CODiE Awards were influential, we did not anticipate the incredible impact that winning a CODiE Award has had for Learnosity.

Learnosity was thrilled to be nominated for a CODiE.  The evening event itself was a fantastic opportunity for us to meet C-level execs from some of the biggest companies in the education space, as well as from some smaller companies which are creating some really exciting EdTech products.

In our award category (Best K-12 Enterprise Solution) we were up against some fantastic products from both big and small companies.  Having our product named “the best” by independent judges was a great honor. For Learnosity, a relatively small company, to win is a true validation that this award is not based on past reputations, but rather on the strength of the product and the value that it brings to the industry.

What has really been impressive is the impact the award has made.  Since being named “the best”, the award has helped bring in new business, reopened previously shut doors and, of course, provided affirmation to our existing clients. Winning the CODiE has given us exposure on a national level and has delivered tangible sales and marketing benefits; we have definitely seen an increase in inbound leads since winning. The CODiE Awards have great brand recognition and immediately let people know that we are recognized as a key player in our field and that we are successfully providing innovative solutions for the difficult Common Core assessment challenges faced by our clients.

And we certainly haven’t been shy about telling the world about our CODiE Award; not only does the award itself take pride of place in our Dublin office, the CODiE Winner logo is front and center on our website and features heavily in our new marketing materials.  The visibility of our CODiE Award likely played a key role in Learnosity being named a “National Champion for Ireland,” by the European Business Awards.

Internally too, the CODiE Award has been a great recognition of the hard work and achievements of our insanely talented development team in Australia. The guys down under are that step removed from the market and don’t always hear the positive feedback from our clients. The award has really helped to motivate them and proves that what they are working on is truly helping shape education around the world. Making a difference is why most of us are in this business.  As “the best”, it’s clear that our work and vision are making a difference.

We continue to be grateful to SIIA and everyone who voted for The Learnosity Toolkit. We are constantly working to improve our product.  For us, being “the best” isn’t about a one-time award – it’s a constant commitment to deliver value and impact for our customers. We are looking forward to not only defending our title next year, but entering a couple more categories!

About Learnosity
Headquartered in Dublin and Sydney, Learnosity are a group of people who are passionate about transforming learning and assessment. We are committed to designing market-leading software which lets developers create exceptional assessment products; makes teachers’lives easier and above all instills a love of learning in students.

The Learnosity Toolkit is comprised of a suite of APIs which enable clients to easily incorporate interactive assessment, as well as authoring and reporting capabilities into their applications, eBooks and websites. By providing the the core building blocks of any digital assessment product yet leaving the end design decisions in the hands of our clients we help our partners to build better products with less time and money.







Angel ScottAngel Scott is Awards Program Coordinator at SIIA. Follow the SIIA CODiE Awards on twitter at @CODiEAwards.

3 Special Awards to Recognize Your Outstanding B2B Media Colleagues

Each year, as part of the Jesse H. Neal Awards competition, ABM honors outstanding business media professionals who exemplify editorial excellence with special awards. From courage and integrity to mentorship and development to overall career achievement, this year’s selected recipients will represent the very best of B2B media.

mattera_logoThe new Mattera Mentor Award has been established in honor of the long-time chief editor of RN magazine and Medical Economics and managing editor of MedPage Today. In the course of her more than 40-year career in business media, Marianne won 18 Jesse H. Neal Awards, more than any other individual editor in B2B media.

Beyond her personal achievements, Marianne, a former teacher, was a dedicated mentor to dozens of young or less experienced colleagues. It is for her lifelong devotion to educating, developing, and mentoring others that this award has been instituted in Marianne Dekker Mattera’s name.

The award will honor editors or journalists who have helped guide their B2B colleagues, resulting in the advancement of their mentees’ careers.

crain_45annual_OUTABM’s G.D. Crain, Jr. Award is given annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the development of editorial excellence in business media. The award, which was established with a grant from the G.D. Crain, Jr. Foundation, is named after the founder of Advertising Age.



PrintThe Timothy White Award recognizes exemplary leadership in the face of challenges and pressures that editors face daily. It is presented to an editor whose work displays extraordinary courage, integrity, and passion. This award is named after the longtime editor of Billboard who served as the moral compass of the music industry by tackling controversial issues.

Remember, the Early Bird Deadline for the Jesse H. Neal Awards is November 14. Nominations are free but must be submitted by 5:00PM ET on December 12, 2014. For more information, including all the categories and special awards, visit

Please contact ABM at if you have questions about the Jesse H. Neal Awards.

A unique B2B media event focusing on performance growth, changing business models and multi-platform content delivery

The Information Industry Network will convene top B2B publishing, information and media industry executives at the Business Media Insights 2014 conference. The event, which will be held on 22nd October at One Wimpole Street in London, will feature top executives IIN Logofrom Haymarket Business Media, Financial Times, Pearson, Incisive Media, Centaur Media, EMAP and more.

Delegates will get the opportunity to explore new insights in content creation, content platforms and B2B social media. Sessions laid on will also enable media professionals to get the inside track on new digital technologydevelopments that enable new launches and improvements in existing products.


The programme for the day includes three key tracks looking at:

Performance Growth Strategies - including:

  • Caroline Frost, from Informa discussing how getting the right people  and developing them will help your business grow;
Caroline Frost

Caroline Frost

  • EMAP‘s Andy Baker, discussing how the launch of their information service, HSJ Intelligence is helping drive growth for the brand;
  • Denzil Rankine of AMR International chairing an experienced panel of mergers & acquisition specialists including David Johnston (RBP Online), David Westgarth (Prism Consult) and Martin Wright (Media Mergers) as they discuss the process of evaluating acquisition targets in the business information sector.

 Boosting Sales & Marketing - including:

  • Sharon Doubleday from Euromoney and Paul Quigley of NewsWhip Media presenting case examples of social media strategies for B2B success;
  • Mike Hepburn from Jaywing, Andrew Davies from idio, Andy Oakes from The Drum, and Neil Stoneman from Velocity Partners discussing how content marketing drives customer engagement and sales;

    Adrian Barrick

    Adrian Barrick

  • Arno Langbehn, CEO of B.Behr’s Verlag presenting the techniques his organisation used to develop breakthrough products and services through customer research and insight.

Empowering Content & Technology – including:

  • Haymarket Business Media‘s  Adrian Barrick, explaining techniques for B2B content creation to drive engagement and communities, and Tom Hall, from Pearson explaining how technology helped to transform a once a year product into a 24 hour /365 day service;
  • Financial Times CTO, John O’Donovan looks at how to integrate disparate data sources into a consistent content offering, and what the technologies are to enable this;
  • Joel Harrison of B2B Marketing, Phil Clark, ex-UBM, now of Fillip Media and David Shepherd of XpertHR , RBI discuss with Carolyn Morgan of Penmaen Media, how the role of the editor and content professional is changing and its impact.

Business Media Insights 2014 also includes keynote sessions with experienced industry specialists such as Peter Rigby, ex-Informa CEO, Centaur Media‘s Simon Middelboe, Tim Weller from Incisive Media, Helmut Graf from VNR Verlag and publishing expert and media non-Exec Director, Colin Morrison.

Peter Rigby

Peter Rigby

The event also includes useful additional benefits including a special lunchtime training session on  “How to lead a sales team in today’s marketplace” run by Flume Training, and after the event, all delegates will receive Outsell Inc.’s annual Outlook report, which is one of their most comprehensive offerings highlighting where the B2B information, publishing and media industry is going and the key players leading change.

For a complete schedule of events, visit:

To find out more about the event, please contact Patrick Angell, Executive Director, Information Industry Network on pangell@siia,net  


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  WHO:      The Information Industry Network (IIN)

  WHAT:    Business Media Insights 2014 #bmi2014conf

  WHEN:   Wednesday, 22 October 2014 – 8 am – 7.00 pm

  WHERE: One Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0AE.




Patrick AngellPatrick Angell is the Executive Director of the Information Industry Network. SIIA’s European division for  publishing, information and media organisations across Europe. The Information Industry Network aims to assist  members understand current issues facing them via conferences, seminars, and online events, we also assist in  helping them share experiences, build business relationships and connect with others across Europe and cross- Atlantic. Follow us on @iin_europe and visit our LinkedIn group

UK’s Unique New B2B Media Event will Focus on Performance Growth, Changing Business Models and Multi-Platform Content Delivery

The Information Industry Network  will convene top B2B publishing, information and media industry executives at the Business Media Insights 2014 conference.  Held 22 October at One Wimpole Street in London, the event will feature top executives from Haymarket Business Media, Financial Times, Pearson, Incisive Media, Centaur Media, EMAP and more.

Business Media Insights 2014 will address trends in in boosting sales, gaining customers insights from data, content platforms, social media and marketing as well as how to improve business performance in an era of unprecedented transformation and disruption.

Conference highlights include:

  • Content masterclass presentations from Adrian Barrick, Editorial Director at Haymarket Business Media, and Tom Hall, VP, Strategic Partnerships & Technology Delivery at Pearson;
  • Presentation by Financial Times CTO John O’Donovan, who will discuss the integration of disparate data sources into a consistent content offering;
  • Presentation by Caroline Frost, Global Director of Learning and Development at Informa, who will discuss how getting the right people and developing them will help your business grow; and
  • Informative keynote sessions moderated by Colin Morrison, chairman to a range of media companies in the UK and Australia.  One session will be an interview with Peter Rigby, former CEO of Informa, who oversaw its growth from a company valued at a few million pounds to a business with a market capitalization exceeding £3bn, and will discuss the changing media and information landscape, new content distribution channels, branding and digital development. The other keynote session will be a special panel discussion focusing on the B2B media industry’s most pressing issues.  This keynote discussion will feature:

o   Helmut Graf, Chief Executive Officer, VNR Verlag fur die Deutsche Wirtschaft AG

o   Simon Middelboe, Managing Director, Centaur Media

o   Tim Weller, Founder and Group Chief Executive, Incisive Media

For a complete schedule of events, visit:

WHO:           The Information Industry Network (IIN)
WHAT:         Business Media Insights 2014 #bmi2014conf
WHEN:         Wednesday, 22 October 2014 from 8 a.m. – 19.00 pm
WHERE:       One Wimpole Street, London W1G 0AE

Sponsors and partners of the event include Flume Training, MarkLogic, Adestra, Research Information, InPublishing, What’s New in Publishing, Prism Consult, and Outsell, Inc.

Patrick AngellPatrick Angell is the Executive Director of the Information Industry Network. SIIA’s European division for  publishing, information and media organisations across Europe. The Information Industry Network aims to assist  members understand current issues facing them via conferences, seminars, and online events, we also assist in  helping them share experiences, build business relationships and connect with others across Europe and cross- Atlantic. Follow us on @iin_europe and visit our LinkedIn group

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