‘Easy to Work With’ Technology Supplier League Table from the 2020 Big Broadcast Survey

Josh Stinehour | September 23, 2020

This is the second in a series of posts reviewing excerpts of the 2020 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS) and the first post about how the brands of technology suppliers were ranked by respondents to the 2020 BBS.

The previous article about the 2020 BBS reviewed the most important technology trends.  For the second article, we are changing up the usual cadence around reviewing brand rankings of media technology suppliers (we typically start with opinion, then change of opinion before moving onto brand drivers).  Given the pertinence of this topic to the current environment, we thought the acceleration fitting.

This post examines the metric of ‘Easy to Work With’ for media technology suppliers profiled in the 2020 Big Broadcast Survey.  Prior to delving into the rankings, we thought it valuable to admonish the reason for measuring brand perception.

A timely chart (below) from Bank of America and Aon helps illustrate how much of a company’s value is attributable to intangible assets versus tangible assets.  Examples of tangible assets include real-estate, equipment, or inventory.  Familiar forms of intangible assets are intellectual property like software or patents.  Intangible assets also include a company’s brand (or brands) and its collective customer and partner relationships.

As visualized in the below chart, intangible assets represented 84% of the asset value of businesses in the S&P 500 (the 500 largest US publicly traded companies) in 2018.

It is then not a stretch to suggest a significant amount of the asset value (if not majority) of a business is its brand and relationships.  Those involved in the exhausting efforts of marketing technology in the global media sector probably believe this proposition without reference to the above.

And if there was ever a year to overreact to brand perception changes, 2020 is the time.  A consistent refrain in recent Devoncroft interviews with technology executives has been how much (often quoted in years) the current market disruption is accelerating technology deployment roadmaps within customers.  By extension, the present environment is accelerating the change in customer and supplier relationships.


Why the choice of starting with ‘Easy to Work With’?  We started tracking ‘Easy to Work With’ in 2019 in response to developments in the media technology sector.  As customer and supplier relationships evolved away from one characterized by building and shipping product to one more characterized by working with customers to solve problems, clients wanted a reference on how relatively ‘Easy to Work With’ they were perceived as being by technology buyers (versus market benchmarks).

At the same time, we were keen to better explore a clear statistical relationship emerging in the data gathered in the Big Broadcast Survey.  Across all languages, regions, and product categories a supplier perception highlighted by certain sub-optimal attributes, most notably ‘arrogance,’ had a strong negative relationship to a customer’s willingness to recommend a supplier.  In more direct terms, difficult to work with meant unlikely to recommend, regardless of the relative merits of the product offering.  (The preceding is a simplified explanation of a necessarily long series of charts).

For these reasons we added the tracking of ‘Easy to Work With’ into the annual Big Broadcast Survey.  The events of 2020 have made it all the timelier to understand.


The ‘Easy to Work With’ findings in the 2020 BBS are shown below as an overall industry league table containing the 30 highest ranked suppliers for the metric ‘Easy to Work With.’

An explanation of how these results were calculated can be found at the end of this article. Please note that both audio and video brands are included in these rankings, and that the table below shown brands in alphabetical order, NOT in the order in which they were ranked in the study.


There are a wide variety of companies on this list.  Exceptionally large companies such as Apple, AWS, Canon, Dell EMC, and Google Cloud.  Relatively smaller independent companies like Aja Video, Dejero, and Genelec.  Several subsidiaries are represented: (i) Tektronix, recently acquired by Telestream; (ii) NewTek, now owned by Vizrt; (iii) AWS Elemental, a separate brand and go-to-market from AWS; (iv) Calrec is a subsidiary of Audiotonix; (v) Nevion is an effective subsidiary of Sony; and (vi) RTS is part of Bosch.

As alluded above, how these rankings relate to a customer’s purchase decision is an important aspect of interrupting the data.  A more detailed review of the relationship is available to clients of the BBS reports.


Given the events of 2020, it is also interesting to review last year’s League Table for ‘Easy to Work With.’  The 2019 version of the table is below.


The 2019 and 2020 League Tables for ‘Easy to Work With’ have 17 common members.  13 new members came into the 2020 League Table and, equivalently, 13 members of 2019 League Table were not present in the 2020 version.


How These Results Were Calculated

2020 BBS participants (and 2019 BBS participants) were asked to provide their perception of how a variety of media technology suppliers ranked in terms of ‘Easy to Work With.’ The scores were measured on a 10-point scale — with 10 being best in the market, and 1 being worst in the market.

This data was then aggregated and averaged in order to generate the global score for each brand based on these responses.


Please keep in mind when reviewing this information that the table is presented in alphabetical order, not in the order brands were ranked by respondents to the BBS.  Also, the charts in this posting measure the responses of all 2020 BBS respondents, regardless of their company type, company size, geographic location, job title and budget for broadcast technology products.

In order to get full value from this data, it is necessary to evaluate these results on a granular basis.  If you would like more information, please contact Devoncroft Partners.

Please also note that inclusion of any brand in the above table is dependent on inclusion in the 2020 BBS and available sample size.  The minimum sample size for inclusion in this charts is 30 respondents. Therefore it is possible that a highly regarded brand was excluded from these findings based on sample size.


The information in this article is based on select findings from the 2020 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS), a global study of broadcast industry trends, technology purchasing plans, and benchmarking of broadcast technology vendor brands. Several thousand broadcast professionals in 100+ countries took part in the 2020 BBS, making it the largest and most comprehensive market study ever conducted in the broadcast industry.



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