Outsell offer a list of “30 to watch” in the information industry, and none of them are insight service firms serving enterprise IT.
Here are by suggestions: just Three to watch.
Altimeter Group: Charlene Li’s firm, just on a year old, has acquired three new partners. One of them is one of the foremost thought leaders in ERP, R “Ray” Wang, also from Forrester. Ray was recently named Analyst of the Year by the Institute of Industry Analyst Relations. This will clearly take Altimeter from being a one-person enterprise focused on “Social and emerging technology” towards a wider-based insight firm. Very definitely, watch this space.
Ovum Knowledge Centre: Datamonitor have completed their transition to unite the technology insight services of Ovum, Butler Group and Datamonitor Technology under the Ovum brand. Interestingly, the prime URL now reflects “Ovum Knowledge Centre” rather than just “Ovum”. Butler have been trying to break into the US market without success for some time; it will be worth watching to see whether the reorganisation finally creates a competitive global player.
Corporate Integrity: Mike Rasmussen left Forrester only a couple of years ago and his Global Risk & Compliance insights are in demand. The events of the past twelve months highlighted the disastrous consequences of a failure to understand and manage risk. For a one-man-band, Mike’s profile and reach are exceptional.
• Altimeter Group
• Press release Altimeter Welcomes New Partners, 27 Aug 2009
• Ray Wang named IIAR Analyst of the Year 2009, Institute of Industry Analyst Relations, 25 Aug 2009
• Ovum Knowledge Centre
• Press release Datamonitor Group to integrate its three technology businesses, Datamonitor, 14 Aug 2009
• Corporate Integrity
• 30 to watch for 2009, Outsell, undated