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Aberdeen Group

Aberdeen Group is the leading provider of fact-based research focused on the global technology-driven value chain. Founded in 1988, Aberdeen has established the market leading position as the "voice that matters" when it comes to understanding the measurable results being delivered by technology in business. Aberdeen is headquartered in Boston, MA.

Forrester Research, Inc. is an independent technology and market research company that provides pragmatic and forward-thinking advice to global leaders in business and technology. For more than 24 years, Forrester has been making leaders successful every day through its proprietary research, consulting, events, and peer-to-peer executive programs. Forrester is headquartered in Cambridge, MA.

Gartner, Inc. is the world's leading information technology research and advisory company delivering the technology-related insight necessary for their clients to make the right decisions, every day. Founded in 1979, Gartner is headquartered in Stamford, CT.

IDC is a global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment communities make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy.


ASQ is the world's leading membership organization devoted to quality. We have the knowledge, tools, expertise and resources to inspire you and your organization.

IACCM is a not for profit professional association dedicated to the interests of contract and commercial managers, negotiators, and others directly involved in the contracting process. With members from more than 80 countries and over 500 corporations, IACCM is proud of its innovation and outstanding research and networking capabilities. Membership is drawn from sales contracting, business development and procurement communities.


The Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is the largest supply management association in the world as well as one of the most respected. ISM's mission is to lead the supply management profession through its standards of excellence, research, promotional activities, and education. ISM's membership base includes more than 45,000 supply management professionals with a network of domestic and international affiliated associations. ISM is a not-for-profit association that provides opportunities for the promotion of the profession and the expansion of professional skills and knowledge.

The primary focus of the Industrial Supply Association is to improve the industrial supply channel through its mission-critical activities, including: conventions and forums for member interaction and education; gathering and dissemination of critical information, including industry data, research, trend analysis and operating metrics; and development and implementation of channel performance initiatives, including e-commerce, standards, industry advocacy and education. ISA is committed to bringing channel partners together and fostering an environment that allows for a free flow of communication to better understand the needs of both the manufacturer and distributor.


CAM-I is an international consortium of manufacturing and service companies, government organizations, consultancies,  and academic and professional bodies who have elected to work cooperatively in a pre-competitive environment to solve management problems and critical business issues that are common to the group.

For more than 80 years, BAI has focused on advancing the industry by offering unbiased education and research. In addition, BAI facilitates ongoing industry dialogue through a robust network of financial services professionals, thought leaders, newsmakers, and solutions experts. 

The National Contract Management Association (NCMA) is the premiere professional entity promoting the profession of contract management in both the private and public business sectors. Its flagship publication, Contract Management, is considered the essential tool for professionals involved in their company's contract processes. The association, its magazine, and its website provide valuable services to decision-makers in the growing contract management community.

The National Retail Federation is the world's largest retail trade association, with membership that comprises all retail formats and channels of distribution including department, specialty, discount, catalog, Internet, independent stores, chain restaurants, drug stores and grocery stores as well as the industry's key trading partners of retail goods and services.

The Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) is the premier global advocate for product development and management professionals. Our mission is to improve the effectiveness of individuals and organizations in product development and management. This is accomplished by providing resources for professional development, information, collaboration and promotion of new product development and management.

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