For 4th Consecutive Year, Agility Multichannel is positioned in Gartner Inc’s 2015 Magic Quadrant for Master Data Management (MDM) of Product Data Solutions

“We’re pleased that our position in the report has continued to improve, » commented Agility Multichannel CEO Richard Hunt.

Agility Multichannel today announced that it has been positioned in the November 2015 Magic Quadrant for Master Data Management of Product Data Solutions by Gartner Inc. (NYSE:IT). Evaluation was based on completeness of vision and ability to execute.

The authors of the report, analysts Andrew White, Bill O’Kane, Terilyn Palanca and Michael Patrick Moran, outlined an overall MDM market that “continues to evolve in complex ways,” where “the ability to achieve and maintain a single, semantically consistent version of product master data is crucial for customer-centric organizations.”

« The Agility MDM of Product Data solution lets companies deliver high quality product content that is consistent and continuous, across all marketing channels, touch points, marketplaces and business systems, » commented Agility Multichannel CEO Richard Hunt. “We’re pleased that our position in the report has continued to improve. We’re grateful to Gartner Inc for their recognition and analysis and to our many customers who readily agreed to be surveyed and to share their insight. »


The 2015 MDM Landscape Report

Agility Multichannel today announced that it had again received top ranking for “customer satisfaction” in the 2015 MDM Landscape report from independent research firm The Information Difference.

Citing significant growth in the MDM marketplace over the past year, the annual report ranked leading MDM providers, assigning a significant part of each vendor’s « technology » score to customer satisfaction, as determined by a survey of customers. For the second year in a row, research showed that Agility Multichannel was the vendor with the happiest customers, putting them at the top of a large field of leading, global MDM vendors including IBM, Informatica, Oracle, SAP and Stibo Systems.

The founders of The Information Difference helped shape the MDM industry and have in-depth, global MDM project experience. President and CEO Andy Hayler commented, « To rank #1 for customer satisfaction in a survey based on a large sample of references speaks volumes. To do it two years in a row is a far more difficult and impressive achievement, showing not just commitment but follow-through.
Hayler continued: « Customers scored Agility particularly highly on  the question ‘Did the software deliver to your expectations?’ which is a key element of overall customer satisfaction They also rated it very highly on ‘Did the software deliver business benefits?’ which is surely the most important thing of all. »
Agility Multichannel CEO Richard Hunt added, “No recognition is more important to us than customer satisfaction. We couldn’t be prouder.”

Gartner Positions Agility Multichannel in 2014 Magic Quadrant for “Master Data Management of Product Data Solutions” for Third Consecutive Year

Recognized for its “ability to execute” and “completeness of vision,” Agility Multichannel is positioned for the 3rd consecutive year in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for MDM of Product Data Solutions.

Agility Multichannel, whose Agility® Product Management for Commerce software empowers brand manufacturers, distributors and retailers around the world to conquer the complexities of commerce, today announced that it had been positioned in the Nov. 2014 Magic Quadrant for Master Data Management of Product Data Solutions by Gartner Inc. (NYSE:IT).

In their research, Gartner analysts Andrew White and Bill O’Kane reported that “the MDM of product data solutions market segment grew nearly 9% in 2013. Increasingly, end-user organizations are exploiting MDM as the heart of a digital business transformation.”

The report further states that “businesses of all sizes and in many industries struggle to maintain a consistent, shareable and accurate single version of product or service data across their organizations. With the increasing focus on digitalization of enterprises, management of their key master data is also becoming more important. The ability to achieve and maintain a single, semantically consistent version of product master data is crucial for customer­-centric organizations.”

“We appreciate the thoughtful analysis of our industry,” said Agility Multichannel CEO Richard Hunt. “Our position in the Magic Quadrant is extremely gratifying. Our policy is to delight our customers with technical innovations that they love to use and to support them with a skillful and committed team they love to work with. We’re proud to say that as a result of this policy, the people who use Agility have become its most vocal advocates.”

Agility Multichannel Customer Office Depot/Max Recognized by Ventana Research for Technology Leadership

Agility Multichannel vient d’annoncer qu’Office Depot/Max, un client d’Agility, s’est vu décerner par Ventana Research le prix de « Technology Leadership » pour Excellence Marketing qu’il doit à son utilisation d’Agility pour rationaliser la gestion d’informations produit et en tirer parti.

Agility Multichannel, whose Agility® PIM/MDM for Product Data software empowers manufacturers, distributors and retailers around the world to conquer the complexities of commerce, today announced that Agility customer Office Depot, Inc. (ODP) is to receive a prestigious industry award for work using Agility to streamline and leverage product information management.

The award will be presented on October 22 at the annual Ventana Research Summit, this year held at the Hyatt Regency, San Francisco Airport. The leading benchmark research firm will present an Operational Innovation Award in the category of Marketing Excellence to Office Depot Inc.’s Cynthia Rodgers Maignan, Director, Ecommerce Content Strategy Management, specifically for achievements using Agility’s PIM technology to drive the best possible outcomes in productivity and performance and to optimize operational processes and systems after the November 2013 merger of equals between Office Depot and Office Max.

Cynthia Rodgers Maignan commented, “We are fortunate to have a very collaborative team across Office Depot, Inc. and Agility Multichannel that is working on our Product Information Management solution project with the Agility Modular Interface (AMI). Orchestrating a project that merges the product information from two large companies into one unified content portal is of significant magnitude. The overall integration is helping us streamline getting products to market, and improve the search and shopping experience for our customers.”

“I would like to congratulate Office Depot, Inc. on their leadership and embracing product information management that adapts to the enterprise and helps the business processes be as accurate and efficient as possible,” said Mark Smith, CEO and chief research officer of Ventana Research, “We congratulate Cynthia Maignan Rodgers and her entire team along with the work of Agility Multichannel on their 2014 Leadership Award.”

“We’re thrilled for our colleagues at Office Depot/Max,” added Agility Multichannel CEO Richard Hunt. “It’s a privilege to work with them and to see Agility becoming not just the central PIM for delivery to all digital and traditional touch points but integral to integration, enrichment and approval throughout Office Depot/Max’s supply chain. »

Elastic Path et Agility Multichannel annoncent un partenariat technologique clé pour le commerce entreprise.

Nous avons le plaisir de nous joindre à Adobe® pour parrainer aujourd’hui le Sommet des Partenaires 2014 d’Elastic Path à New York. Voir l’annonce pour savoir comment nous pouvons mettre sur pied ensemble une suite de commerce entreprise complètement intégrée et « best-of-breed ».

Elastic Path Software Inc., an ecommerce company helping the world’s biggest brands generate more revenue, and Agility Multichannel, a leading Product Information Management (PIM) vendor, today announced a key partnership agreement to help enterprise eBusiness teams create a best-of-breed commerce solution.

Commerce Suites Have Four Foundational Pillars
According to Forrester in Commerce Technology Investment And Platform Trends — 2014 (September 2014): “Over the past five years, vendors in the commerce technology space have evolved the capabilities of their platforms beyond traditional commerce management into experience management, product information management, and order management. In doing so, the humble commerce platform has gotten very complex.”

“When it comes to product information management for ecommerce, Agility is the leader in its field and represents a strategic addition to Elastic Path Extended Commerce Solutions,” said Peter Lukomskyj, Vice President Products, Elastic Path. “PIM has become a critical technology investment for large, mid-sized and high-growth organizations. Together with our recent partnership with Adobe, we are building an enterprise commerce platform alongside the best technology partners out there.”

Award-winning PIM software
Based in York, UK, and Chicago, US, Agility Multichannel’s award-winning Agility® software features a fully configurable interface for businesswide-acceptance and ease-of-use, as well as seamless integration with all channels and touch points, letting companies deliver their product data everywhere it needs to go, instantly, with inviolable integrity and quality.

Agility Multichannel’s approach to product information management solves several business problems, including:

  • Enables extremely fast time-to-market
  • Depth and detail of product information supports customer journey and greatly improves sales
  • Agility Syndication allows incremental updates to any channel: Products are on sale the moment they’re approved
  • Web-first, product-centric workflow and incremental syndication means no waiting time for new & approved products to be released
  • Agility reduces errors & review cycles by up to 90% and production times by up to 75%
  • With the groundbreaking Agility Modular Interface (AMI), workspaces and workflows can be tailored precisely to needs of individual stakeholders
  • Increased output by up to 600% without additional staff resources
  • Unrivaled tools and processes free up marketing and creative teams so they can focus on high-value tasks and decision-making
  • Optimizing data quality with easy-to-use Data Integration (DI) tools plus integrated Business Analytics tools for real time reporting

Agility Multichannel CEO Richard Hunt commented, “The synthesis between Elastic Path’s exceptionally flexible ecommerce solution and our user-friendly PIM is a game changer.  Separately our companies provide highly compelling, extensible and profitable technologies. Together we provide a powerful, integrated solution that can be precisely tailored to fit every role and that business users will love.”

Agility Multichannel recent industry awards and recognition:

July 2014 – Agility Multichannel ranked number one above all competitors, including SAP, Oracle and IBM, for ”customer satisfaction”, based on a large sampling of customer surveys, by UK independent research firm The Information Difference.

September 2014 – Technology Leadership Award for Marketing Excellence from Ventana Research to Office Depot/Max, specifically for their work using Agility

May 2014 – Agility is highly ranked in first-ever on the PIM marketplace by Forrester Research

September 2013 – Ventana Research Technology Innovation Award for Agility and AMI

November 2012, November 2013 – Agility ranked in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant in the MDM of Product Data category

« Increasingly, marketing is going digital to be where customers are. To communicate accurate and consistent product information across an omnichannel landscape, they need a PIM solution to overcome the scale and complexity digital channels create, » wrote Forrester in its Forrester Wave, Product Information Management (PIM), Q2 2014. Forrester said Agility is « well suited for firms that need to syndicate product content to multiple channels and includes integration with Adobe’s Creative Cloud (CC) ».

Le « MDM Landscape Report » 2014

Agility Multichannel, dont le logiciel de Gestion Produit pour le Commerce Agility (PIM/MDM de Produit) permet aux fabricants, distributeurs et détaillants du monde entier de maîtriser les complexités du commerce, vient d’annoncer aujourd’hui qu’il s’est vu décerner la 1ère place du classement « Satisfaction Client » dans le dernier rapport Paysage de la MDM de l’organisme de recherche indépendant The Information Difference. Pour l’ensemble de sa technologie, Agility a décroché la deuxième place en devançant les offres d’un large panel de prestataires MDM internationaux de première ligne tels qu’IBM, Informatica, Oracle et SAP.

Les fondateurs de The Information Difference ont contribué à la mise en place du secteur MDM et peuvent s’appuyer sur une expérience des projets MDM approfondie et internationale. Voici les commentaires du Président et PDG Andy Hayler, « la première place occupée par Multichannel dans le classement de satisfaction clientèle et sa haute performance technologique laissent deviner la force de son engagement à long terme pour fournir une solution MDM qui satisfasse les utilisateurs. Les répondants ont salué la flexibilité et la facilité d’utilisation du produit et ont attribué des scores élevés à l’équipe d’assistance. La satisfaction du client met à l’épreuve toute technologie, et arriver en tête d’une enquête menée sur un vaste échantillon de références parle de soi. »

Richard Hunt, PDG chez Agility Multichannel, a ajouté : « Nous avons tenu à être à l’écoute de nos clients en suivant une feuille de route inspirée par eux. Leur contribution et leur créativité nous ont stimulé pour mettre au point l’outil d’extraction à la fois le plus sophistiqué et le plus simple à utiliser, et d’exploiter la valeur des données sur les produits. Rien n’est plus gratifiant que la satisfaction de notre clientèle. Nous en sommes très fiers. »

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Our Latest Release Is Here

Agility Multichannel vient d’annoncer aujourd’hui sa dernière remise à niveau d’Agility® qui accroit et améliore de nombreux outils innovants et conviviaux.

Agility Multichannel, whose Agility Product Management for Commerce (PIM/MDM of Product) software empowers manufacturers, distributors and retailers around the world to conquer the complexities of commerce, today announced the release of v6.2.

This latest version of Agility provides numerous functionality upgrades and many key performance and support-related enhancements.

A number of “gadgets” have been added to or enhanced in the well-equipped and award-winning Agility Modular Interface (AMI) including:

  • the new Slide-Builder gadget that lets end-users publish up-to-the-minute product content directly as Microsoft PowerPoint® slides that can be emailed, edited, or tailored.
  • the Price gadget which lets end-users view and manage prices for individual or bundled products across multiple price zones and currencies;
  • the Table Editor gadget which makes it simple to create comparison charts, specification tables and sizing charts.

Notably, the upgrade provides updated version support for Agility’s powerful Adobe Creative Cloud integration, building on an intrinsic partnership and well-established strength. This enables a single platform for mobile, tablet, epub and print marketing applications.

The new Agility Analytics module provides highly extensible and intuitive reporting and analytics capabilities.  In concert with its own tightly integrated plug-ins, Agility’s OEM version of Pentaho® lets end-users easily view and manipulate readymade reports combining product information with data from other sources, e.g. sales or customer data.

Ideosity is now certified to implement Agility® Product Information Management (PIM) Software.

Agility Multichannel vient d’annoncer aujourd’hui un partenariat avec Ideosity, qui permet à la société de conseil d’effectuer les mises en œuvre du logiciel Agility PIM et de faire profiter de sa vaste expérience en PIM à leurs clients actuels et potentiels.

Agility®, a 2013 recipient of a Ventana Research Technology Innovation Award, is a simple-to-use but highly sophisticated Product Information Management (PIM) solution that puts your most valuable data at the stable core of a robust multichannel commerce strategy. Customers include Allied Electronics, Avon Products, Dunelm Group and Office Depot. Headquartered in Chicago, US, and York, UK, Agility Multichannel has a growing network of integration and reseller partners throughout the world.

Ideosity is a boutique consultancy that helps customers market their products through the use of technology. In terms of technology, Product Information Management (PIM) is a game changer. That is why they choose to specialize in leading customers throughout all aspects of their PIM journey.

Ideosity’s all senior-level team, many of whom have been working with PIM for over a decade, possesses a tremendous amount of PIM knowledge & experience. Ideosity has over twenty customers spanning multiple industries with revenues ranging from $10M to over $1B, all of which have successful PIM implementations. Their methodology is a collaborative approach, based on best practices and their collective experience, built to ensure your success.

Agility Multichannel’s full-service partner program provides support and resources to get their partners up and running quickly and to maximize their potential for success. Ideosity has already completed the program and is officially a certified partner, qualifying them to implement Agility software.

Agility Multichannel CEO Richard Hunt said: « The Ideosity team, like us, are veterans of the North American PIM market space and have a huge amount of know-how, practical experience and tested methodologies to bring to the deployment process. We’re pleased that they’re now a Certified Agility Multichannel partner and know that they will capably implement Agility’s extensive functionality while facilitating the quick initial ROI and long-term strategic growth that our customers expect and demand. »

Rich Dase, President of Ideosity, added, “At Ideosity we aim to be the leading implementer of best-in-class PIM systems. We are extremely pleased to partner with Agility Multichannel as their PIM software aligns perfectly with our vision. We look forward to many successful implementations of Agility.”

Forrester PIM Wave

Vous trouverez ici le rapport sur la Gestion d’Informations Produit (PIM) du T2 2014 et l’offre actuelle d’Agility Multichannel est classée en tête d’un groupe choisi du « Strong Performers » .
« 33 % des professionnels de la stratégie des canaux et eBusiness ont affirmé que l’investissement dans la technologie PIM était au centre de leurs priorités.

Agility Multichannel, whose Agility® enterprise software empowers manufacturers, distributors and retailers around the world to conquer the complexities of commerce, today announced that it had been identified as a strong performer in an evaluation of PIM solution vendors in The Forrester Wave™: Product Information Management (PIM), Q2 2014 report.  The report states:

The solution is well suited for firms that need to syndicate product content to multiple channels and includes integration with Adobe’s Creative Cloud for print as well as mature connectors for most of the leading eCommerce platforms.

Outlining an evolving marketplace in which “customer demands for high-quality, consistent product information and content are on the rise,” Forrester analysts submitted the ten most significant PIM vendors to a detailed, 19-criteria evaluation model. Agility received some of its highest scores for these criteria:  “architecture and scalability,” “workflow, approval, and business process support”, “product taxonomy and relationship management” and « administration” and “vendor portal” tools, putting its current offering at the top of a group of select “Strong Performers,” a term used to distinguish this field from the larger players in the market.

Describing a “considerable uptick” in client inquiries about how PIM solutions can replace home-grown solutions, Forrester’s Wave authors Peter Sheldon and Michele Goetz also noted in the report that:

In a recent survey, 33% of eBusiness and channel strategy professionals cited that investment in PIM technology was a top priority.

Agility Multichannel CEO Richard Hunt said:

The publication of the PIM Wave couldn’t be more timely. A historic number of businesses are seeking solutions for mounting product information management challenges and opportunities.  We’re extremely pleased to be included and are gratified by our ranking in a highly competitive field.

Announcing Agility v6

Agility Multichannel a annoncé aujourd’hui qu’il est devenu partenaire technologique de Demandware LINK, rejoignant ainsi les meilleures entreprises du secteur engagées à accélérer l’adoption de technologies commerciales innovantes, qui secondent la Plateforme Commerciale Demandware®.

Agility Multichannel, whose Product Information Management (PIM) and Master Data Management (MDM of Product) software empowers businesses everywhere to conquer the complexities of commerce, today announced a major update to its award-winning suite. Agility® v6 will be available immediately to new and existing customers.

Chief Technology Officer Graham Cook said, “With Agility v6 we’re launching a wide range of new and enhanced features. But one theme underlying everything is usability. Our goal was to give each user a simple and elegant experience, with a groundbreaking new interface that can be tailored to fit their specific roles and needs. We wanted to eliminate barriers to adoption, so that companies could extend the value of our technology into every corner of their enterprise and supply chain. That meant tightening and extending integration capabilities as well as dramatically reducing the learning curve for every user.”

Cook then highlighted some significant areas of development focus:

“Our brand new Agility Modular Interface (AMI) gives businesses the unprecedented ability to uniquely tailor workspaces with intuitive gadgets for merchants, product managers, content managers, creative teams, vendors, translators, et al,” he said, citing as examples Custom Forms that give end users simple controls and buttons, and a StickyBoard that permits comparison and editing of multiple related products or ad-hoc lists of products within a single view. AMI’s toolbox is loaded with many more gadgets such as those for customized searching, browsing, content enrichment, previewing and performance analysis.

To assist IT teams the new Agility Syndication Server tools eliminate over 80% of the integration work previously required to set up and incrementally distribute approved product content across internal departments and external channels, such as multiple websites.

The new release also provides new Governance functionality, for data stewards, and enhanced Data Integration with simple drag-and-drop functionality, which can be used for onboarding of information, validations and data quality. It also adds new, out-of-the-box Business Intelligence (BI) reporting and analytics tools.

Agility v6 has upgraded support for the databases and application servers from Oracle, IBM and Microsoft that it already runs on and introduces additional application server support for JBoss, furthering the company’s goal of minimizing the cost and hassle of deploying PIM and MDM of Product solutions.

Agility Multichannel CEO Richard Hunt said, “We believe that the core of trust between a commercial business and its customers lies in its product information – its record of truth. We’re dedicated to protecting, syndicating and leveraging the integrity of that core data. After a concentrated two-year R&D process, Graham and his team have produced in Agility v6 something that represents an exciting leap forward for our software, our customers and the technology itself. AMI is a unique achievement that will have a huge impact on teamwork and workflows. I can’t wait to get it into the hands of all our customers.”