Content Aggregators And Distributors Turn to Technology and Services to Retain Market Share Says Outsell Study

Dec 17, 2002

Revenues for the 57 companies in the $21.2 billion General Aggregators, Reports, and Services segment of the Information Content (IC) industry grew by 7.4 percent in 2001 according to research by Outsell, an Information Content industry research firm. The segment includes general aggregators such as Factiva, LexisNexis, and Dialog, subscription agents and services such as EBSCO and Swets Blackwell, and selected business portals including Yahoo!, MSN, and AOL. Outsell analysts see two distinct parts of this segment: The first are the struggles of the aggregators and distributors who have always relied on the enterprise and institutional markets, selling large contracts to information units in corporations, academic institutions, and government. These companies, according to Outsell, have been forced to modernize and deliver not just content, but the integration technology and services that deliver the content to desktops through Intranets and corporate portals. The second part is comprised of the major portals, which Outsell views as a "wild card" in the space. Outsell's findings are reported in "Industry Trends, Size, And Players In The General Aggregators, Distributors and Services Information Market." The report analyzes the size, growth rates and market shares of 57 content companies in the segment, and identifies the significant issues and trends facing them and their customers. The report is available for $1,295, including an Industry Overview.