Oracle Acquires DataFox

Oracle recently acquired DataFox, providing them with access to 2.8 million company profiles, including funding and M&A data.  DataFox “gives customers real-time insight to know when a business exhibits noteworthy behaviors.”

“The combination of Oracle and DataFox will enhance Oracle Cloud Applications with an extensive set of trusted company-level data and signals, enabling customers to reach even better decisions and business outcomes,” wrote Oracle’s EVP of Applications Development Steve Miranda to customers and partners.

Oracle provides the following deal shorthand:

Oracle Cloud Applications + DataFox = Even Smarter Decisions

DataFox is growing its database at 1.2 million companies annually.  The database will deliver real-time insights into its cloud-based ERP, CX, HCM and SCM platforms.

DataFox Data Engine Overview (Oracle Presentation, October 23, 2018)
DataFox Data Engine Overview (Oracle Presentation, October 23, 2018)

In a bit of extreme puffery, Oracle described DataFox as the “the most current, precise and expansive set of company-level information and insightful data.”  Bureau van Dijk and Dun & Bradstreet have 50X the active company coverage including detailed global linkage, risk models, and multi-year financial data.  Bureau van Dijk also offers the Zephyr database, an M&A and funding dataset with over twenty years of closed, pending, and rumored deals.  Where DataFox may have an advantage is in their focus on mid-size and emerging companies which have been recently funded, but this is a small subset of the company universe.

DataFox will continue to sell and support its products.  However, the DataFox roadmap and product line are fluid:

“Oracle is currently reviewing the existing DataFox product roadmap and will be providing guidance to customers in accordance with Oracle’s standard product communication policies. Any resulting features and timing of release of such features as determined by Oracle’s review of DataFox’s product roadmap are at the sole discretion of Oracle. All product roadmap information, whether communicated by DataFox or by Oracle, does not represent a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions. It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract.”

Along with AI insights, Oracle called out the needs for quality data to back data maintenance, artificial intelligence, and business signals.

Customer Data Challenges (Oracle Presentation, October 23, 2018)
Customer Data Challenges (Oracle Presentation, October 23, 2018)

DataFox has over 275 customers including Goldman Sachs, Bain & Company, Outreach, Live Ramp, and Twilio.

DataFox raised $19 million in funding.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.  In January 2017, DataFox was valued at $33 million by Pitchbook.

Oracle should study Salesforce’s acquisition of Jigsaw (later renamed Data.com) as a cautionary tale.  Software companies struggle in selling data files as company and contact data decays rapidly and it is difficult to push data quality above 90% absent large editorial investments.  Furthermore, Jigsaw never represented more than 1% of Salesforce revenue so quickly fell off of the company’s internal radar.  The firm is now looking to decommission Data.com and asking its AppExchange partners to fill the sales intelligence and data hygiene gap left in its absence.  Coincidentally, DataFox is one of Salesforce’s Lightning Data partners.

On the positive side, LinkedIn hit $1.3 billion last quarter and has thrived under Microsoft’s ownership.  However, LinkedIn was a much more mature company at acquisition than DataFox with multiple revenue streams and a unique user generated content model.  Microsoft has provided LinkedIn with development capital and allowed it to maintain its independence.  It has also looked to leverage LinkedIn and Microsoft strengths when building sales and marketing products, instead of simply copying other vendors.  For example, Sales Navigator continues to respect the privacy of its members while using aggregated data to provide hiring and employment insights that other companies cannot deliver.  Navigator has also added strong messaging tools (chat, InMail, and PointDrive) which work around its lack of company emails.  Other innovations include SNAP workflow connectors, its new Pipeline CRM updating tool, and Buyer’s Circle for identifying the buying committee at large firms.

Radius-Leadspace Merger Aborted

Radius and Leadspace quietly called off their merger back in August, agreeing not to point fingers at each other and continue supporting joint customers.

“At the end of the day, private to private mergers are incredibly hard to pull off. In this case, despite all of the best intentions in the world, we could not get to something that would work for all sides,” Leadspace CEO Doug Bewsher told Demand Gen Report. “We are excited to see the evolution and clarity around the whole customer data platform really starting to define itself in B2B.”

Bewsher remains bullish about Leadspace and the Audience Management space:

Leadspace pioneered this space when we launched our Audience Management Platform two years ago. We continue to see great success with customers as they both simplify their data management processes and bring additional data driven insights and recommendations into their activities. Whether driving an ABM strategy, a content marketing / inbound lead driven strategy, or outbound prospecting, the right data and insights deployed into systems of engagement is typically the first step in any company’s success…

We look forward to working with you to develop, build and lead this category as we continue our mission to help B2B sales and marketing teams drive a new level of engagement, targeting and resulting revenue for their organizations.

Leadspace had a strong Q2 with its “best ever revenue growth.”  New customers include SAP and Splunk.  Growth was driven by the increasing recognition that B2B firms require a data-agnostic Customer Data Platform “which brings together many different data sources at the company- and individual-level, drives recommendations, insights and a single source of truth through AI, and then has a single point of integration into multiple executions systems (CRM, MAP, Ads etc),” said Bewsher.

“Radius and Leadspace agreed to continue operating independently and are now partnering to support joint customers,” said Radius.  “Radius’ customer data platform is the first for B2B, and we will focus on offering enterprise companies integrated, unified and trusted data across all go-to-market systems, while Leadspace’s audience management platform will continue to equip companies with audience enrichment and analytics.”

Both firms no longer talk about predictive analytics and emphasize Customer Data Platforms.  The Predictive Analytics space has been squeezed by both DaaS vendors with light scoring tools and integrated AI solutions such as Einstein.

HG Data Acquires Pivotal iQ

HG PIHG Data announced the acquisition of London-based Pivotal iQ. The acquisition brings together two complementary tech vendor datasets: HG Data’s Vendor / Platform database and Pivotal iQ’s IT contract data and spend intelligence. The combined content set will help clients target accounts, evaluate purchase likelihood, and identify when best to reach out to prospects.

“For years companies large and small have relied on HG Data to identify the software, hardware and cloud services being used by millions of companies worldwide. With the addition of Pivotal iQ, we are the first in the market to deliver a unique blend of IT spend, IT install and contract renewal intelligence,” said HG Data CEO Elizabeth Cholawsky. “This information can be accessed through the Pivotal iQ platform, allowing our customers to act more quickly on the best technology datasets with the deepest insights.”

Like HG Data, Pivotal iQ employs web crawling and natural language processing to build its dataset. Coverage spans 186 countries representing over 90% of the global ICT spend. The database is matched to D&B WorldBase, providing account and location level views across corporate hierarchies. The firm claims to cover installed technology for all global firms with $50M in revenue and global publics with $25M.

Pivotal iQ intelligence covers 600,000 companies, 8,500 vendors, 10 million supply-side announcements, and 40,000 contracts. Data is updated daily.

The Pivotal iQ InstalledView service details hardware and software installations at the account level. SpendView provides market and country-level analytics and competitor take-out campaigns across 21 spending categories and 22 sectors. SpendView includes a visualization engine for competitive and account analyses. The BuyerView service provides enterprise IT and purchasing departments with intelligence around which vendors are being deployed and which companies are managing outsourced projects within their peer group.

“Our vision for Pivotal iQ has been to deliver the best intelligence on the ICT sourcing activities of Organizations to empower businesses to make better supply and purchase decisions,” said Pivotal iQ CEO Tim Royston-Webb. “By joining with HG Data, our joint customer base now has access to an unparalleled portfolio of firmographic and technographic data along with intuitive decision tools that will help their businesses grow and succeed.”

Deal terms were not disclosed.

Zoominfo Acquires Datanyze and Y Labs

Zoominfo announced that it acquired both San Mateo-based Datanyze and Israeli firm Y Labs last month. Datanyze provides Zoominfo with a deep set of technographics and segmentation visualization tools to complement Zoominfo’s company and contact database. Y Labs, which is moving into Zoominfo’s recently opened office in Ra’anana, Israel, will operate under the name ZoomInfo Israel Limited (Ltd.). Y Labs will supplement Zoominfo’s product development and security operations.

“I am thrilled to be joining ZoomInfo at this time of tremendous growth in the organization,” said Datanyze CEO Ilya Semin. “Bringing together our two organizations is a perfect union, combining Datanyze’s real-time technographic data with ZoomInfo’s unparalleled – and the industry’s most current – company and contact data.”

Semin is joining Zoominfo as the Vice President of Data.

Both vendors heavily employ natural-language processing for building their respective datasets. Zoominfo also mines signature blocks of its voluntary community members. Zoominfo has some technographic intelligence available to its customers, but Datanyze provides a significantly more mature dataset and technographic capabilities. Datanyze has captured technographic intelligence for 35 million companies.

Datanyze provides a free market share analysis tool which segments by market and Alexa Rank or country. Share is based on installations, not revenue.
Datanyze provides a free market share analysis tool which segments by market and Alexa Rank or country. Share is based on installations, not revenue.

“Business data is rapidly changing and your data platforms must be built to adapt,” said Zoominfo CEO Derek Schoettle. “ZoomInfo has the largest, most complete data set of companies and contacts and a goal to enable our customers to automate, process, curate, and present the data on-demand and in real-time. Delivering industry-leading technographics, the Datanyze technology will be a significant addition to help us deliver the right data, at the right time, to the right person.”

Schoettle, who joined the company in July, just completed 50 customer discussions over five weeks providing him with insights to both Zoominfo’s strengths and gaps.

“The (customer) advocacy for the company and the product is phenomenal,” Schoettle said. “The second part of our effort now is to round out the data factory we have, looking at all the right data sources, the data quality, and present it to the right end users.”

The acquisition follows a blowout August with billings 53% above July’s numbers. August billing were up 71% year-over-year.

“The growth we experienced in August will continue as we build the industry’s most robust and frequently updated platform for sales and marketing teams thirsting for real-time, on-demand customer data,” said Schoettle. “As we look ahead, we see significant potential to create a world-class development capability in Israel that will allow us to harness leading artificial intelligence and security capabilities which translates into smarter services for our 7,500-plus customers. The rate and pace of change in the data space requires a commitment to innovation and we are thrilled to have this team become part of ZoomInfo.”

Zoominfo also announced the hiring of Brad Noble as VP of Product Design. Noble previously led product design and advocacy teams at IBM Watson, Cloudant, Boathouse Group and MullenLowe.

Datanyze customers will continue to receive support for the Datanyze product offering. Terms of the two deals were not disclosed. Nathan Latka’s database of SaaS vendors listed Datanyze’s 2016 revenue at $6 million, up 50% year-over-year.

Zoominfo has more than doubled its staff over the past year. They are stratified over six locations: Waltham (MA), San Mateo (CA), Grand Rapid (MI), St Petersburg (Russia), Kazan (Russia), and Ra’anana. The Waltham headquarters office is relocating at the end of the year to Constant Contact’s old site along I-128.

The Datanyze acquisition is part of a broader consolidation trend in the technographics and sales intelligence spaces.

Consolidation in the Sales Intelligence Space

While yesterday I discussed consolidation in the technology sales intelligence space, there has been significant consolidation over the past twenty-one months in the broader sales and marketing intelligence space.

Amongst the key transactions in 2017 and 2018:

While the industry is growing rapidly, several services are being shuttered including Data.com (Salesforce), Hoovers (migrating clients to D&B Hoovers), and Unomy (WeWork).

Tim Baskerville, Chairman of Rhetorik Global, noted that the consolidation dance is likely to continue:

“These days in the data/AI space It’s something like a high school dance. Players on the main dance floor are strutting to prove they’re attractive acquirers, whether it’s a football hero preening in front of envious fans or a second-string guy trying to lure a niche player who has a valuable point solution. The musical chairs game is underway, and everybody except the most nimble fear they’ll be left without a chair when the music stops. The catchword is “scale,” and not many have it. The deals announced recently are a tiny fraction of what’s being discussed out there, and both the money people and the operators are scrambling to figure out who is predator and who is prey. Some will be both. Check back in 24 months and our world will look very different.”

Next week I’ll be discussing the two Technology Sales Intelligence deals (Zoominfo acquiring Datanyze and HG Data acquiring Pivotal iQ).

Consolidation in the Technology Sales Intelligence Space

Technographics, which were a relatively small segment five years ago, have grown rapidly and are in the midst of a consolidation phase.  Three years ago, DiscoverOrg acquired iProfile and then picked up RainKing last August.  This week, HG Data acquired London-based Pivotal iQ, Zoominfo acquired Datanyze, and DiscoverOrg rebranded.

Both acquisitions expand the scope of coverage of the acquiring firms.  Zoominfo had limited technographics prior to the Datanyze deal and now holds a deeper set of technographics along with analytics and visualization tools.  HG Data has expanded beyond product / vendor data to include contract and spend intelligence.

By my research, the IT sub-sector represents 18% of the sales intelligence space with DiscoverOrg in the pole position.  Overall, the IT sub-sector is $170 million and it is growing faster than the overall Sales Intelligence market.

“The recent acquisition activity shows the value and appetite for technology data enrichment,” said HG Data VP of Product and Marketing Kineon Walker.  “This consolidation cycle is happening as new companies continue to enter the space. As technology data continues to evolve and become more valuable to businesses of all sizes, we expect this sector to continue to grow and flourish.”

What we are seeing is the transition of technographic intelligence from a delighter five years ago to a must have content set for sales and marketing intelligence products.  Ten years ago, it was contacts and SMBs that made this transition. Eight years ago it was sales triggers.  Four years ago it was emails and direct dials.  Now it is technographics.

Next up it may be third-party intent data and the integration of first-party visitor intelligence into more sophisticated lead scoring and prioritization.

I will be covering both acquisitions over the next few days.

TechTarget Scoops up Oceanos Marketing

TechTarget LogoTucked into the tail end of TechTarget’s earnings release last week was notice that they had acquired Oceanos Marketing, a contact data management company.  Both firms are based in the Boston suburbs.  Oceanos brings “data quality and data management expertise that will help us improve our offerings and deliver better results to our customers.”

Oceanos began as a list broker in 2002, but has since evolved into a B2B contact aggregator and data refinery.  The firm aggregates 97 million active US contact records (as of August 2017) and retains millions of inactive names and emails to assist with hygiene.  Data is aggregated from over a dozen vendors and includes social data from FullContact and Pipl.  Oceanos provides data enrichment, TAM analysis, net-new contacts, and a set of data specialists to assist with projects.

TechTarget manages a smaller set of 18 million subscriber profiles, 16 million of which are technology professionals.  The Oceanos acquisition should allow TechTarget to improve both the quality of their subscriber dataset and expand coverage into non-technology positions.  As technology purchase decision making has expanded beyond tech titles, Oceanos provides significant lift into other job functions.  Oceanos contacts are mapped to 12 Job Functions, 109 Sub-functions, and 7 Job Levels.

Oceanos President Brian P. Hession identified their differentiators as their unique blend of technology, professional services, and data quality. With data quality being critical to ABM sales and marketing initiatives, the inclusion of real world project fulfillment through their program specialists provides Oceanos with data quality insights that are used to continuously inform and enhance the data quality processes. “We apply both technology and real-world insights to ensure the highest quality of data before we are releasing it. We are incorporating a continuous stream of data quality insights into our code to address the many nuances that a program specialist encounters manually on a dataset,” said Hession last summer.  “The way that Oceanos is going to be successful in the future is if we can assemble an internal contact database that is of the highest quality in the industry.  So there’s been a lot of focus on putting models on top of our contact data.”

“Social data plays a role in our data hygiene process and serves as a ‘signal’ within both our Data Quality Score (DQS) and ABM Usability Score. The social information is sourced from reputable partners,” said Hession.  “Oceanos does not scrape contacts across LinkedIn or, in that vein, any social media site. All of our contact records originate from carefully selected third party data providers.”

The acquisition cost was not announced but was deemed “non-material.”  Oceanos 2017 revenue was around $5 million.