Enterprise Applications are among the technologies where analysts are under the most pressure to provide joined-up thinking. According to the 2017 Analyst Value Survey, it’s one of just three coverage areas where Forrester and IDC together produce more analyst value than Gartner (the others are Marketing and Outsourcing & Automation). In total, those three firms produce 44% of the analyst value produced for people in the enterprise applications market.
Frank Gens, IDC’s chief analyst, and Forrester’s JP Carter picked up their Analyst Firm Awards at the recent ARInsights forum in Boston. Their firms’ successes reflect the immense change in the enterprise applications field. Today, the challenge is not to integrate core business applications but to leverage technologies that have rapidly ascended to the heart of business thinking: artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and blockchain.
- Gartner remains the most influential analyst firm, in particular because of its work on Enterprise Architecture and Enterprise High-Productivity Application Platform as a Service.
- Forrester Research got some notable praise of its work on the mobile enterprise, for example, on Mobile Enterprise Application Services Providers.
- IDC is well known for its global insight into cloud ERP, but it also shows great insight into the journey to the cloud.
- Increasingly, HfS Research is able to use client data to give insight into cloud trends and Industry 4.0.
- CXP Group’s excellent research into topics like AI, and its deep knowledge of SAP’s business applications, is amplified by its valuable inquiry calls and capacity for business leads.
- KPMG’s impact comes from the top-level viewpoint that flows from its CEO research and focus on enterprise change.
- ISG shares HfS’s deep interest in how enterprises can engage in application development, and was especially noted for its work on enterprise agility and testing.
- Everest Group was particular praise for its warning against voice-enabled enterprise apps.
- Ovum has a long track record on enterprise applications (I was a business applications analyst there during the dot.com boom) and they continue to sparkle with research like Tim Jennings’ note on SME cloud applications.
- 451 Research, which also picked up its Analyst Firm Award in Boston this month, has a strongly managerial view of business applications, as evidenced by its 2017 trend report.
To see the rest of our awards, check out our page on Analyst Firm Awards.