• Collaboration between competitors creates consolidated business software solution for multiple mediums
• Harris and Marketron systems provide sophisticated reporting and analytics for customers
• Two companies build a common solution for the greater good of the media industry
MELBOURNE, Fla. and HAILEY, Idaho, Oct. 31, 2011 — Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS), an international communications and information technology company, and Marketron, a leading provider of business software solutions and services for the media industry, are working together to provide media organizations with a combined view of advertisers, revenue, inventory and other critical data across various media assets. The collaboration brings two competing media software providers together to develop a consolidated business solution for customers working across multiple mediums.
The two companies are integrating the Harris® NetGain® business intelligence and analysis system with Marketron’s Mediascape open ecosystem platform to provide clients sophisticated analytics capabilities across multiple platforms. The Mediascape integration also allows data from Harris’ market-leading OSi-Traffic™ system to fuel Marketron Insight Reporting for detailed transactional and operational level reporting. This gives clients the freedom to choose best-in-class transactional systems, regardless of the provider, to manage their various inventory types, while enabling comprehensive insight and visibility across their entire cross-platform advertising business.
“Our clients are some of the largest and most successful media companies in the world. They have chosen best-in-class systems to manage their different inventory types; for example, Marketron is the chosen provider for radio assets and Harris was selected because of its expertise in the television and cable arenas,” said Steven Minisini, CEO at Marketron. “As an industry leader, we felt it was critical to create an open platform that supports our clients’ choices while also enabling them to have the visibility and reporting capabilities that they need to run a multi-media enterprise. We are working with Harris to provide these capabilities to our clients and to strengthen the entire industry’s performance.”
“The Harris-Marketron relationship is an ideal example of how customers win when vendors work together to build a common solution for the greater good of the industry,” said Harris Morris, president, Harris Broadcast Communications. “This collaboration portrays two companies willing to open their platforms for the benefit of their customers. Harris’ media software leadership in television, cable and new media from mobile to the internet, working in concert with Marketron’s industry standard Mediascape platform, will be key to driving information exchange, data management and consolidated reporting across several mediums.”
As the media industry evolves, companies with assets in radio, television, cable, digital and more require an open platform that will provide the ability to view inventory, financial, advertiser and additional data in a common and unified method.
“At Cox Media Group we employ different solutions to manage our radio and TV operations, which limits visibility into the performance of our media platforms,” said Mark Beck, vice president of information technology at Cox Media Group. “The collaboration between Marketron and Harris is significant to the media industry and lays the foundation for providing us with real-time, consolidated information to manage our business more effectively.”
Marketron is the leading provider of business software solutions and services for the media industry. The Marketron Mediascape Platform, Traffic and Suite of Services drive innovation to create new growth opportunities that produce the maximum value for our clients and facilitate their evolution into digital. Relied on by more than 7,000 media organizations, Marketron solutions are the most widely-used media solutions in the world, managing an estimated $15 billion dollars of annual advertising revenue. Marketron is an affiliate of The Wicks Group of Companies, LLC of New York, which specializes in communications, information and media businesses.