Wellesley Information Services Acquires Carson Systems Ltd.
DEDHAM, Mass., August 1, 2011 — Wellesley Information Services (WIS), a UCG company, today announced the acquisition of Carson Systems Ltd, a UK-based producer of industry-leading events for Web developers, designers, and entrepreneurs. Carson Systems’ events, which include the well-known Future of Web Applications (FOWA), Future of Web Design (FOWD), and Future of Mobility (FOM) series, have featured renowned speakers including Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh, O’Reilly Media founder Tim O’Reilly, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, and Digg founder Kevin Rose.
The acquisition brings together Carson Systems’ innovative marketing and content delivery models with WIS’s expertise and best practices as a leading provider of technology education for major corporations and large multinational businesses.
“Both WIS and Carson Systems have unique competencies within their respective core market spaces. We are confident that, through this acquisition, each organization can learn from the other’s expertise — and together we will be much better positioned to offer unmatched value and exciting new products for our customers,” said Benny DiCecca, CEO of WIS.
Carson Systems has been particularly effective using social networks and other information delivery mechanisms to build a community of developers, designers, and futurists who are passionate about technology and leveraging it to make a significant impact on business and society. That knowledge and passion will help WIS better serve its expanding customer base as it continues to evolve the methods in which it delivers its award-winning content.
“Web and mobile application development represents technology’s future. Carson Systems has consistently been at the epicenter of this technological revolution, offering education and training to an exciting breed of entrepreneurial web developers and designers. The opportunities in this market are immense, and we are excited to bring WIS’s deep knowledge of the conference, publication, online education, and custom training business to help capitalize on them,” said DiCecca.
Based in the Boston, Mass. area, WIS has a growing portfolio of globally distributed publications and internationally-run conferences and seminars. As WIS continues to expand its presence in EMEA, the acquisition of UK-based Carson Systems further strengthens WIS’s footprint outside of the US. This acquisition positions WIS to serve a brand new market space, and positions both firms for global growth.
About Carson Systems Ltd
Carson Systems Ltd is a Bath, UK based company that produces world-class events for web professionals and entrepreneurs. The company’s Future of Web Applications (FOWA), Future of Web Design (FOWD), and Future of Mobility (FOM) series of events are annual gatherings of thought leaders, cutting-edge technologists, and investors. Carson’s speakers and partners represent the founders of some of the most well-known technologies and brands in the marketplace, including Facebook, Digg, Zappos.com, and more. In addition to its own events, the company also produces online conferences and manages third-party events.
Wellesley Information Services (WIS) is the premier independent provider of SAP and IBM training and education. WIS products feature award-winning content that is relevant, practical, and unique, and is consumed by business and IT professionals all over the world and in every industry. WIS serves more than 250,000 customers in over 100 countries, and offers a diverse set of resources including print journals, magazines, electronic knowledgebases, online communities, conferences, seminars, and books.
Founded in 1977, UCG is one of America’s leading, privately held providers of specialized business-to-business information. UCG’s portfolio is composed of companies serving the information and software needs of decision makers in health care, oil and energy, high technology, telecommunications, banking and finance, and the mortgage industry. The company has received many awards for journalistic excellence and was voted one of D.C.’s 50 Best Places to Work by Washingtonian Magazine.
For more information please contact:
Benny DiCecca, CEO
Wellesley Information Services
Todd Foreman, CEO