It’s been quite a long time in the making, it follows many acquisition rumours, many merger denials, but it’s finally there: Ovum merges with Informa Telecom and Media.
On paper, it’s the fourth ICT analysis firm of the market, depending on where place the line between analysis and market research. The staff doesn’t change much and they’re keeping the stronger brand, Ovum.
The merged business, which will be fully integrated by the end of May, will be led by Steve Hotham, current MD of Ovum, who will become its CEO. Spread across 23 offices, in 6 continents, Ovum will employ 275 staff, including 180 analysts providing a combination of global and local insight.
The press release doesn’t menti0n end-user influence, a key difference between both firms, but the Ovum Industry Congress is coming soon and will be a good place to assess this.
There are few reasons to change my conclusions from a previous post:
Ovum remains a credible analyst firm in its key markets, so AR folks should not discount it
AR pros should look for opportunities to leverage this 180-analysts strong firm, while watching for coverage gaps
AR pros should consider Ovum’s vertical technology expertise when creating vertical AR plans/programmes as it’s part of its DNAAR pros should check vertical coverage outside of telco
Like many other research firms, Ovum needs to more clearly articulate its differentiation and generate market awareness via sharper thought leadership
Older posts on Ovum:
- Ovum, the quietly competent of ICT research industry?
- Ovum lays out its strategy to the IIAR
- IIAR US Teleconference with Ovum MD – Q&A session
- [GUEST POST] Despite it all, Ovum is still a tier one analyst
- Ovum AR community call tomorrow (22/11/11)
- Ovum divorces from Datamonitor and graduates to Informa ownership
- Ovum launches its ‘brief a ton’
- Ovum’s got a brand new AR soapbox
- IIAR Discussion Group – OVUM to Discuss the Black Book of Outsourcing
- The British Are Coming! Datamonitor stalks Gartner analysts
- WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Gideon Gartner on the IIAR Blog!
- An update from Ovum
- Brief summary of the last IIAR Forum presentation by Datamonitor