Earlier this morning, Gartner announced that it was acquiring AMR Research. For those who are not familiar with AMR, the firm, for the longest time, has been the most influential analyst outfit focused on supply chain and procurement. While it has technology research and practices in many other areas — and Bruce Richardson, its gregarious uber-analyst, is well regarded in ERP circles — its true strengths have always been at the intersection of supply chain technology, process and innovation. For many years, there were rumored on-again / off-again discussions between AMR and its Cambridge-neighbor, Forrester. Clearly, George Colony, Forrester’s leader, who we know is friends with Tony Friscia, AMR’s President and CEO, will be disappointed that they lost the bidding on this one (I have no doubt that AMR’s bankers would have included them in the discussions). But where does this deal leave Gartner, not to mention the broader industry analyst landscape?
Articles in this series
- Gartner-AMR tipping the scales even more
- Five Things the Gartner/AMR Deal Suggests for the Future of Industry Analyst Research
- Gartner to Acquire AMR Research: Supply Chain and Procurement Analyst Game Over?