451 Research Announces Q4 2019 451 Firestarter Awardees

Leading technology analyst and advisory firm recognizes IT leaders for innovation and vision in the technology industry

New York, NY, December 19, 2019 451 Research, a leading technology research and advisory firm, today announced the recipients of its 451 Firestarter award for the fourth quarter of 2019. Six companies have been recognized by the 451 Research analyst team this quarter as delivering exceptional innovation within the information technology industry.

Introduced in 2018, and awarded quarterly, the exclusively analyst-led Firestarters program allows its team of technology and market experts to recognize exceptional innovation, regardless of its origin, and based on the simple, yet rigorous, criterion of impressing its team of analysts. Awards are made on the basis of a company’s potential to disrupt a new or existing market as a result of its technology innovation and vision.

“The 451 Firestarter awardees in this quarter consist of large and small technology firms that 451 Research analysts believe are disrupting and innovating in their given fields,” said Simon Robinson, Senior Vice President – Research at 451 Research. “The focus of the various recipients spans commerce and payments, information security, DevOps enablement, data management and digital transformation infrastructure. We are proud to recognize the impact that these six disruptors are making in their respective markets.”

Each 451 Firestarter awardee falls into one of the four ‘megatrends’ outlined in the 4SIGHT research framework: Contextual Experience, Invisible Infrastructure, Pervasive Intelligence and Universal Risk. The Q4 2019 451 Firestarter awardees include:

GitLab – Invisible Infrastructure

GitLab is a DevOps platform, delivered as a single application, that works to change the way development, security, and Ops teams collaborate and build software.

Hitachi Vantara (Lumada) – Pervasive Intelligence

Lumada applications enable an IoT solution that provides actionable data insights, edge intelligence and co-creation services.

Incorta – Contextual Experience

Incorta’s Direct Data Mapping engine analyzes large volumes of complex data and aggreges it without needing a data warehouse.

Kenna Security – Universal Risk

Kenna Security uses data science to deliver risk-based vulnerability management across your infrastructure and applications.

Radiflow – Universal Risk

Radiflow offers a portfolio of solutions for ICS/SCADA networks that empowers users to maintain visibility and control of their OT networks.

Stripe – Contextual Experience

Stripe builds flexible, developer-centric tools so businesses can provide a holistic ecommerce experience.


·         Learn more about the 451 Firestarter program
·         Read our Q4 2019 451 Firestarter Market Insight report

About 451 Research

451 Research is a leading information technology research and advisory company focusing on technology innovation and market disruption. More than 100 analysts and consultants provide essential insight to organizations globally through syndicated research, advisory services and live events. 451 Research was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in New York. Learn more about the 451 Research Firestarters.