Omniture

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Adobe Marketing Cloud
Type Subsidiary
Industry Web Analytics
Market Research
Online Optimization
Founded 1996
Headquarters Lehi, Utah
Key people Brad Rencher, Omniture Business Unit SVP and GM
Josh James, Co-Founder
John Pestana, Co-Founder
Products Adobe SiteCatalyst
Adobe SearchCenter+
Adobe Discover
Adobe Test&Target
Adobe Genesis
Adobe Insight
Adobe Merchandising
Adobe Search&Promote
Adobe Survey
Adobe Recommendations
Adobe DigitalPulse
Adobe Scene7
Employees > 1,000 (2008)[1]
Parent Adobe Systems
Website http://www.omniture.com

In 2009 Adobe Systems acquired Omniture, an online marketing and web analytics business unit in Orem, Utah. Until 2011, Omniture operated as a business unit within Adobe as the "Omniture Business Unit", but as of 2012 Adobe began retiring the Omniture name as former Omniture products were integrated into the Adobe Marketing Cloud.[2]

History[edit]

The company was founded in 1996 by Josh James and John Pestana and was backed by venture capitalists including Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, University Venture Fund, and Scale Venture Partners. During a period of rapid growth, the company was one of Inc. Magazine's 500 fastest-growing private companies. Omniture was listed on the NASDAQ with OMTR as its ticker symbol in 2006.[3][4]

Omniture bought behavioral targeting company Touch Clarity for $51.5 million in 2007.[5] In late 2007 the company acquired web analytics company Visual Sciences, Inc. (formerly WebSideStory) for $394 million,[6] and also purchased Offermatica for $65 million. In October 2008 it agreed to acquire the Israeli e-commerce search solution provider Mercado for $6.5 million.[7]

On September 15, 2009, Omniture, Inc. and Adobe Systems announced that Adobe would be acquiring Omniture for $1.8 billion.[8] The deal was completed on October 23, 2009,[9] and is now joined by other Adobe acquisitions such as Day Software and Efficient Frontier, as the main components of Adobe's Digital Marketing Business Unit.[10][11]

Adobe vacated the former Omniture offices in Orem, Utah, in November 2012, moving a large portion of its Digital Marketing Business Unit to a new facility in Lehi, Utah.

Products[edit]

  • SiteCatalyst – Omniture's software as a service (Saas) application, offers web analytics (client-side analytics)
  • SearchCenter+ – Assists with paid search and content network optimization in systems such as Google AdWords, Yahoo! Search Marketing, Bing Ads, and Facebook Ads
  • DataWarehouseData warehousing of SiteCatalyst data
  • Test&TargetA/B and MVT (multi-variate testing), derived from Offermatica
  • Test&Target 1:1 – Omniture's main behavioral targeting solution, derived in part from Touch Clarity, drills down to the individual level of testing
  • Discover – Advanced segmentation tool
  • Insight – Multichannel segmentation tool (both client- and server-side analytics). Formerly called Discover on Premise, it was derived from Omniture's Visual Sciences acquisition in 2007
  • Insight for Retail – An Insight product geared toward multiple online and offline retail channels
  • Genesis – Third-party data integration tool (the majority of integrations work with SiteCatalyst)
  • Recommendations – Automated product and content recommendations
  • SiteSearch – On-demand enterprise search product
  • Merchandising – Search and navigation offering for online stores
  • Publish – Web content management
  • Survey – Visitor sentiment
  • DigitalPulse – Web analytics code configuration monitoring tool
  • VISTA – Server-side analytics

As of 2010, Omniture's offerings included social media tracking.

Criticism[edit]

Omniture has been accused of using domain names that resemble local network IP addresses (such as 192.168.112.2O7.net, which contains a capital "O", not a zero) in order to hide their involvement in data mining.[12] This has led to speculation that the domain name is used to mischievously or criminally trick users or firewall rules.[13] Omniture's SiteCatalyst and SearchCenter products use the 2o7.net domain name.[14]

Omniture collects data from Apple[12] and Adobe, who use Omniture to collect usage statistics across their products.[13] It is possible to opt-out of the Omniture data-collection system, and to block the tracking.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Newsroom | Adobe". omniture.com. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  2. ^ "How To Gracefully Retire A Brand Name". SearchEngineLand.com. 2012-07-18. 
  3. ^ Mullaney, Timothy. "Omniture's Uphill Battle". BusinessWeek. Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  4. ^ William Gabrielski (2006-06-26). "Omniture Offering Is Worth Data-Mining". TheStreet.com. 
  5. ^ Melissa Campanelli (2007-02-14). "Omniture acquires Touch Clarity". DMNews. 
  6. ^ Vishesh Kumar (2007-10-26). "Omniture Deal Delights". The Street. 
  7. ^ Omniture (2008-10-14). "Omniture Agrees to Acquire Mercado's Site Search and Merchandising Business". MarketWire. 
  8. ^ "Adobe acquires Omniture Software". Adobe Systems. 
  9. ^ Associated Press (September 15, 2009). "Firm for Analyzing Web Traffic Bought by Adobe for $1.8 Billion". New York Times. Retrieved January 5, 2014. 
  10. ^ Adobe (2009-10-26). "Omniture acquisition FAQ". 
  11. ^ Robin Wauters (2011-11-30). "Adobe Acquires Efficient Frontier". TechCrunch.com. 
  12. ^ a b Arthur, Charles (January 3, 2008). "What is Omniture, and why is it watching me?". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-06-21. 
  13. ^ a b Chartier, David (December 31, 2007). "Adobe, Omniture in hot water for snooping on CS3 users". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2008-06-21. 
  14. ^ a b "What is 2o7.net?". Omniture. Retrieved 2008-06-21. 
  • [1] - Inc Article about Josh James, Founder, and John Pestana, Cofounder

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