Information Services Group (ISG), a leading global technology research and advisory firm, announced it has acquired Ventana Research, a leading technology research firm specializing in coverage of the $800 billion software industry.
The move expands the capabilities of ISG Research, an important and fast-growing recurring-revenue-stream business for ISG, at a time when enterprises increasingly are leveraging software and services in combination to improve operating performance, deliver better customer and employee experiences, and drive growth.
“With the addition of Ventana Research, ISG becomes a stronger global powerhouse in technology research,” said Michael P. Connors, chairman and CEO of ISG. “We are famously known for our industry-leading coverage of the managed services sector, and now we are expanding and deepening our coverage of the all-important software industry. No other firm can compete with us when it comes to our comprehensive sourcing data, market coverage, analyst insights and market-making advisor perspectives – a combination that delivers unmatched value to both buyers and sellers of technology services and software.”
Ventana Research, founded in 2002 and based in Bend, Ore., tracks more than 2,000 software vendors – including covering more than 250 in-depth – to provide the industry’s most comprehensive analyst and research coverage of the global software sector. Its team of experienced professionals provides insights and expert guidance on mainstream and disruptive technologies through a unique set of research-based products, including an online community for business and IT professionals.
“Enterprises are relying more and more on independent market research and analyst insights to guide their technology buying decisions and manage their technology ecosystems, while providers seek the same advice to improve their products and hone their go-to-market strategies,” said Mark Smith, founder and CEO of Ventana Research. “We are delighted to be joining ISG and adding our industry-leading capabilities, people, credibility, client relationships and software industry coverage to the ISG Research portfolio.”
Smith will continue to lead Ventana Research in his new role as ISG partner, Software Research.
“Ventana Research will maintain its well-known and trusted portfolio of research products and services, which are a perfect complement to the existing ISG Research portfolio,” said Paul Gottsegen, president of ISG Research and Client Experience. “As we move past the initial integration period, there will be many opportunities to create synergy as we naturally and smoothly integrate Ventana offerings fully into ISG Research and create new offerings that will deliver even more value to our clients.”
Ventana Research becomes one of five service lines of ISG Research. The others are ISG Provider Lens™ (service provider evaluation research), ISG Provider Services (go-to-market research and support for service providers), ISG ProBenchmark® (SaaS-based pricing intelligence platform) and ISG Events (producer of industry conferences and webinars).
ISG (Information Services Group) (Nasdaq: III) is a leading global technology research and advisory firm. A trusted business partner to more than 900 clients, including more than 75 of the world’s top 100 enterprises, ISG is committed to helping corporations, public sector organizations, and service and technology providers achieve operational excellence and faster growth. The firm specializes in digital transformation services, including automation, cloud and data analytics; sourcing advisory; managed governance and risk services; network carrier services; strategy and operations design; change management; market intelligence and technology research and analysis. Founded in 2006, and based in Stamford, Conn., ISG employs more than 1,600 digital-ready professionals operating in more than 20 countries—a global team known for its innovative thinking, market influence, deep industry and technology expertise, and world-class research and analytical capabilities based on the industry’s most comprehensive marketplace data.