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London, UK – 27th July, 2023 – Informa Tech, a leading provider of market insight and market access to the global business technology community, today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Canalys, the global Channel and Mobility technology market research and events firm.

The acquisition will see Informa Tech further expand its Omdia research capabilities into Channel (distributors, value added resellers, systems integrators and managed service providers) and Mobility (consumer and business devices), while creating a global platform for networking in the Channel by bringing together both Canalys and Informa Tech’s Channel events franchises.

“Channel and Mobility are two incredibly exciting areas for our industry, where technology, supply chains and ways of going to market are ever-evolving. Over 70% of all business technology is sold via the Channel and this is why it is of huge importance to our customers,” said Gary Nugent, CEO of Informa Tech. “Our mission with our research group Omdia is to connect the dots for our customers across the technology landscape and Canalys brings leading insight into Channel and Mobility markets on a global scale while enabling us to strengthen our presence in Asia. We also have the opportunity to accelerate global networking opportunities for our customers in Channel by combining Canalys events with our leading events brand Channel Partners.”

Canalys is a leading technology research provider in Channel and Mobility markets. The company’s team of experienced analysts has a deep understanding of enterprise and consumer technology and the automotive sector, and its subscription services and projects are widely used by vendors and industry professionals.

“We are excited to join forces with Informa Tech and its leading research, events and media portfolio,” said Canalys CEO, Steve Brazier. “At Canalys we have lived and breathed Channel and Mobility for 25 years while growing into other spaces such as Automotive. Now by combining with Informa Tech, and specifically leading brands Omdia, Channel Partners and Channel Futures, we have the platform to offer our clients even greater breadth and depth of expertise on a global scale. We are looking forward to working together to shape the future of technology research.”

The acquisition of Canalys is expected to close in Q3 2023.

About Informa Tech

Informa Tech is a leading provider of market insight and market access to the global business technology community. Through in-depth expertise and an engaged audience community, Informa Tech helps business professionals make better technology decisions and marketers reach the most powerful tech buyers and influencers in the world. Across its portfolio of over 100+ trusted brands, Informa Tech has over 1000 industry experts, including over 400 research analysts and consultants in global research group Omdia, and a monthly audience reach of over 125 million. Informa Tech is a division of FTSE 100 company Informa plc.

Informa Tech Channels is one of the leading providers of media, events, research and consulting services for the entire channel spanning the information and communications industries. Leading brands include the Channel Futures media platform, one of the fastest-growing brands serving channel partners, the Channel Partners Conference & Expo, MSP Summit and Channel Leadership Summit.

About Canalys

Canalys is an independent analyst company that strives to guide clients on the future of the technology industry and to think beyond the business models of the past. We deliver smart market insights to IT, channel and service provider professionals around the world. We stake our reputation on the quality of our data, our innovative use of technology and our high level of customer service.

About Omdia

Omdia is a technology research and advisory group that provides deep knowledge of tech markets and actionable insights to help businesses navigate the tech landscape and make better technology choices. It was formed in 2019 with the combination of Informa Tech’s research brands (Ovum, Heavy Reading, and Tractica) and the acquired IHS Markit technology research portfolio. Omdia has a global team of over 400 analysts and consultants located across the globe, covering 150 markets and publishing over 3,000 research reports a year.

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