DCT Associates provides top-tier analysis of your organization’s most critical strategic technology and communications industry issues. We can design a research or event-based project that helps you make better decisions and could position you to attract the attention of decision-makers, policy leaders, the blogosphere, the press and any other key audience you need to reach. Our experience-based insights can articulate difficult to pinpoint conditions that lead to problems — or bring new opportunities.
With a wide network of experienced technologists, business analysts, attorneys, engineers and policy experts, DCT Associates can guide your research, analysis and information services projects to help you reach your goals and navigate the complex terrain of today’s technology landscape. Lead analyst Cynthia Brumfield has extensive experience in a wide range of communications technology businesses, including print media, video, broadband, Internet and smart grid. Backed by top-level experience at a major U.S. communications trade association, premier investment analysis firm, her own successful publication and web-based businesses and a trade group focused on the intersection of technology and the energy industry, she is capable of leading a variety of research, analysis, consulting and publishing initiatives.
She has served as Director of Research at The Media Institute, Vice President of Research and Policy Analysis at the National Cable Telecommunications Association, Senior Analyst at Paul Kagan Associates (now SNL Kagan), President of her own firm Emerging Media Dynamics and Director of Research at the Utilities Telecom Council. Widely recognized for the high caliber of her research design, writing, event development and speaking skills, Ms. Brumfield has appeared on panels at numerous conferences and on various television and web-based video programs.
What Others Say
Nobody does focus groups like Cynthia. Her preparation with the client as well as the focus group participants is so thorough that everyone is open and relaxed when the group actually meets. And, most importantly, the results she is able to pull from a focus group are the best I have ever seen. Simply amazing.
– Bill Moroney, former President/CEO, Utilities Telecom Council
Cynthia always gets it right.
– Decker Anstrom, former President/CEO, National Cable Telecommunications Association
Cynthia’s astute observations of the telecom sector and the macro technology landscape are without peer. Her keen eye, fact-based opinion, and wicked-smooth style made her a “must-read” in my world of tech policy at Verizon.
– John Czwartacki, former Executive Director, External Communications, Verizon
Areas of Expertise
DCT Associates has developed, and is currently developing, a number of projects in the energy sector. Informed by lead analyst Cynthia Brumfield’s experience as Research Director for a technology-oriented energy trade association, these projects cover the landscape of hot button energy industry issues, including cyber security, smart grid and complex telecommunications needs of utilities. While at the energy-related association, Ms. Brumfield authored the definitive study on utility communications needs, sponsored by telecommunications leader Verizon, that examined the key factors that utilities demand in their communications technologies. She also designed, developed and implemented a number of other studies on utility communications, including two data-intensive studies that quantified in detail communications spending by utilities, numerous surveys and interview-based studies on utility communications standards, needs and practices and a strategic assessment of satellite usage by utilities. She is currently conducting private consulting projects in the critical infrastructure arena.
High-Level Thought Leader Events
DCT Associates has in-depth experience in developing and hosting top-level events that bring together CEOs, government officials, academics and other thought leaders for discussion of cutting-edge issues driving the media, communications and technology industries. While working at a top media research organization, Lead Analyst Cynthia Brumfield developed and moderated very high-end face-to-face conferences that covered the emerging broadband, digital media and interactive TV fields. Through her own company, Ms. Brumfield developed dozens of well-attended webinars and face-to-face events covering a broad range of communications technology issues and featuring top CEOs, technologists and start-up specialists. DCT Associates will continue to experiment with new and different kinds of events that spark creativity and meaningful discussion. Our current goal in hosting these public and private events is to bring together stakeholders to debate and discover solutions that work to the benefit of everyone, including the public, consumers and future generations.
Media, Communications & Entertainment
DCT Associates has extensive experience in analyzing media and communications businesses, from print to Internet-based technologies. Lead analyst Cynthia Brumfield has been studying media, communications and technology her entire career, starting with content analyses of print and television media on through the latest Internet-based platforms. Among the specialties she developed as a lead analyst on top investment newsletters, and in private and litigation-related consulting projects, are financial models that predict sector or specific technology product growth trends, revenues, costs, profitability and adoption curves. Through her work in the regulatory and public policy arenas at a top communications trade association and in private consulting projects, Cynthia has developed expertise and resources on the theories, practice and realities of how Washington drives and reacts to technology and business issues. Working with major communications companies, she has also developed innovative techniques for obtaining insight into how technology leaders make decisions, including an open and mindful approach to elite focus group leadership.