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1 June, 2015 - 09:24 By Tony Quested

French connection creates web content mining powerhouse

Alain Beauvieux, president and CEO of AMI Software

A new powerhouse in web content mining, with a particular edge in cyber security, has been created by an all-French acquisition.

Bertin Technologies has bought AMI Software – which has a base at St John’s Innovation Centre in Cambridge – for an undisclosed sum and integrated it into Bertin IT, its dedicated Information Technology division.

Bertin management said the ability to offer market intelligence and risk intelligence sees the creation of a key player in web content mining, whose international outlook is supported by an industrial group with a presence in 15 countries.

Bertin IT develops and integrates advanced software solutions for cyber-security, cyber threat intelligence and voice recognition purposes. Through the acquisition of AMI Software – a leader in the development of software for gathering, managing and processing textual data from the Internet – Bertin is strengthening its ambitions to expand both in France and internationally in web content mining.

“We intend to enhance and broaden our range of web content mining solutions by exploiting the close synergies between our activities,” said Béatrice Bacconnet, CEO of Bertin IT. 

“The integration of AMI Software will better enable us to market to a wider target our ability to deal with complex security and data analysis problems, especially with regard to multi-channel vigilance in the areas of threat detection, risk analysis and crisis prevention.”

Through its dedicated market intelligence and social media monitoring products, AMI Software has won more than 150 clients, in France and overseas, including several major industrial accounts and public bodies. The company has operations in Paris, Montpellier, Cambridge, Morocco, Tunis, Abu Dhabi and Casablanca. World-leading clients include GDF Suez, Imperial Tobacco, Total, Thales, Reed Exhibitions, Maroc Telecom, NRC Canada, EDF, Deutsche Telekom and LVMH.

Alain Beauvieux (pictured above), president and CEO of AMI Software said: “By joining an industrial group, we are providing our company with new opportunities for developing and accelerating our international growth. We share common values with Bertin, including a profound commitment to innovation and high-quality client relationships. The cross-fertilisation between our companies will serve as a powerful driving force for dynamism and competitiveness in our constantly and rapidly changing fields of activity.”

The integrated business will combine Bertin IT’s skills in analysing multilingual multimedia content – in particular audio and video sources – with AMI Software’s textual data research and processing capabilities, creating a data management and debugging powerhouse.

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