Introducing the Q4 2018 451 Firestarters

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Today is an exciting day at 451 Research! If you are familiar with our research then you understand that providing data and insight around disruption and innovation in the information technology market is in our DNA. Today we are applying that insight in a new way, through a program we call 451 Firestarters.

451 Firestarters was announced at the recent Hosting & Cloud Transformation Summit by 451 Research CEO Martin McCarthy. It’s an exclusively analyst-led program that recognizes exceptional innovation in the technology industry regardless of its origin. Each Firestarter awardee falls into one of the four categories outlined in 4SIGHT (also revealed at HCTS), our major new report that seeks to empower the digital revolution: Contextual Experience, Invisible Infrastructure, Pervasive Intelligence and Universal Risk. 

Today we are excited to reveal our inaugural group of 451 Firestarters awardees. These organizations have been selected based on a rigorous yet simple criterion; they have impressed our analysts. As you might imagine, tech industry analysts are a tough bunch to impress, and at 451 Research that is especially the case. We speak to a LOT of organizations – several hundred every year – and although we come across many fine organizations, a few really stand out. The guidance we provide to analysts in nominating a 451 Firestarter is simple: “Did the conversation blow your mind?” Accordingly, 451 Firestarters allows our analysts to recognize truly exceptional levels of innovation; innovation that challenges received wisdom, and that we believe has the potential to substantially disrupt an existing market, cause it to change direction, or even create an entirely new category. 

This isn’t the first such program in the industry, but we think it will be seen as one of the best. Why? First, this isn’t an ‘everybody wins’ scenario; although we plan to award Firestarters on a quarterly basis, there are no quotas to fill and the total number of awardees will be small. Thus, to be awarded 451 Firestarters status is special. Additionally, this isn’t just a program for startups; although startups continue to be an innovation engine for tech, they are no longer the only source. Indeed, some of the most disruptive technology in recent years has come from larger, more established organizations. We recognize this innovation diversity in this first cohort of awardees. Finally, (and this goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway) this is in no way a ‘pay for play’ program. Organizations are selected regardless of whether they are a 451 Research client or not; selections are awarded entirely at the discretion of the analyst team. 

As with any such program, the nomination and award process is of course subjective. There is no formula or algorithm for blowing an analyst’s mind! We, of course, believe you will agree with most, if not all, of our selections, but some you may wish to challenge. We welcome, and indeed encourage, feedback; this is an opportunity for you to engage with our world-class analyst team. You may also be disappointed that your organization is not included, to which we would remind you that this is a quarterly program; if your organization is actively engaged with our analyst team, then that is your chance to impress us.

Below, we are delighted to announce our inaugural set of 451 Firestarters. (in alphabetical order):

Adyen – Contextual experience

Adyen enables businesses to accept and process global, multi-channel transactions via a single payment platform. 

AllSight – Contextual experience

AllSight enables organizations to confidently make decisions based on each customer’s unique POV instead of treating all customers the same. 

Cohesity – Invisible infrastructure

Cohesity works to reinvent data infrastructure so IT is not stifled by complex data management within hybrid environments.

DataRobot – Pervasive intelligence

DataRobot develops automated machine learning platforms with advanced analytical models for data scientists and engineers who know their data but don't have data science expertise.

HashiCorp – Universal risk

HashiCorp aims to solve development, operations and security challenges in an organization’s infrastructure so it can focus on its business rather than threats.

HERE Technologies – Pervasive intelligence

HERE Technologies is a location technology company focused on enabling three-dimensional mapping as our world continues to become more autonomous every day.

JASK – Universal risk

JASK enables security operations centers to optimize human analyst resources, allowing experts to spend more time hunting down threats because they spend less time on mundane data collection tasks. 

JFrog – Invisible infrastructure

JFrog offers a broad software portfolio that is aligned with growing adoption and implementation of DevOps technology and methodology.

Luminate – Universal risk

Luminate enables IT teams to create Zero Trust application access architecture allowing users to connect to any corporate app from any device while reducing attack surface.

RStor – Invisible infrastructure

RStor unlocks highly distributed, multi-cloud IT resources by networking them together and making then easier to use. 

Sanmina 42Q – Pervasive intelligence

Sanmina’s 42Q is a cloud-based MES service to solve its own production challenges, and subsequently productized it as a service to sell to other manufacturers.

Sea Street Technologies – Invisible infrastructure

Sea Street built a different approach to infrastructure orchestration and service delivery through model-based governance. 

Smartsheet – Contextual experience

Smartsheet is a software-as-a-service application for collaboration and work management.

Snowflake Computing – Pervasive intelligence 

Snowflake Computing is a cloud-based data-warehousing startup whose product allows corporate users to store and analyze data using cloud-based hardware and software.

Spotinst – Invisible infrastructure

Spotinst provides a cloud-application scaling service designed to optimize performance and costs. 

Twilio – Contextual experience

Twilio is a cloud communications platform as a service company that allows software developers to perform various communications using web service APIs.

Twistlock – Universal Risk

Twistlock provides container and cloud native cybersecurity solutions for the modern enterprise. 

Please join us in congratulating our Q4 2018 451 Firestarters! The full evaluation of all these businesses is available to clients in our Research Dashboard. Not a client? Apply for Trial access.

Today is an exciting day at 451 Research! If you are familiar with our research then you understand that providing data and insight around disruption and innovation in the information technology market is in our DNA. Today we are applying that insight in a new way, through a program we call 451 Firestarters.

451 Firestarters was announced at the recent Hosting & Cloud Transformation Summit by 451 Research CEO Martin McCarthy. It’s an exclusively analyst-led program that recognizes exceptional innovation in the technology industry regardless of its origin. Each Firestarter awardee falls into one of the four categories outlined in 4SIGHT (also revealed at HCTS), our major new report that seeks to empower the digital revolution: Contextual Experience, Invisible Infrastructure, Pervasive Intelligence and Universal Risk.

Today we are excited to reveal our inaugural group of 451 Firestarters awardees. These organizations have been selected based on a rigorous yet simple criterion; they have impressed our analysts. As you might imagine, tech industry analysts are a tough bunch to impress, and at 451 Research that is especially the case. We speak to a LOT of organizations – several hundred every year – and although we come across many fine organizations, a few really stand out. The guidance we provide to analysts in nominating a 451 Firestarter is simple: “Did the conversation blow your mind?” Accordingly, 451 Firestarters allows our analysts to recognize truly exceptional levels of innovation; innovation that challenges received wisdom, and that we believe has the potential to substantially disrupt an existing market, cause it to change direction, or even create an entire new category.

This isn’t the first such program in the industry, but we think it will be seen as one of the best. Why? First, this isn’t an ‘everybody wins’ scenario; although we plan to award Firestarters on a quarterly basis, there are no quotas to fill and the total number of awardees will be small. Thus, to be awarded 451 Firestarters status is special. Additionally, this isn’t just a program for startups; although startups continue to be an innovation engine for tech, they are no longer the only source. Indeed, some of the most disruptive technology in recent years has come from larger, more established organizations. We recognize this innovation diversity in this first cohort of awardees. Finally, (and this goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway) this is in no way a ‘pay for play’ program. Organizations are selected regardless of whether they are a 451 Research client or not; selections are awarded entirely at the discretion of the analyst team.

As with any such program, the nomination and award process is of course subjective. There is no formula or algorithm for blowing an analyst’s mind! We of course believe you will agree with most, if not all, of our selections, but some you may wish to challenge. We welcome, and indeed encourage, feedback; this is an opportunity for you to engage with our world-class analyst team. You may also be disappointed that your organization is not included, to which we would remind you that this is a quarterly program; if your organization is actively engaged with our analyst team, then that is your chance to impress us.

Below, we are delighted to announce our inaugural set of 451 Firestarters. (in alphabetical order):

Adyen – Contextual experience

Adyen enables businesses to accept and process global, multi-channel transactions via a single payment platform.

AllSight – Contextual experience

AllSight enables organizations to confidently make decisions based on each customer’s unique POV instead of treating all customers the same.

Cohesity – Invisible infrastructure

Cohesity works to reinvent data infrastructure so IT is not stifled by complex data management within hybrid environments.

DataRobot – Pervasive intelligence

DataRobot develops automated machine learning platforms with advanced analytical models for data scientists and engineers who know their data but don't have data science expertise.

HashiCorp – Universal risk

HashiCorp aims to solve development, operations and security challenges in an organization’s infrastructure so it can focus on its business rather than threats.

HERE Technologies – Pervasive intelligence

HERE Technologies is a location technology company focused on enabling three-dimensional mapping as our world continues to become more autonomous every day.

JASK – Universal risk

JASK enables security operations centers to optimize human analyst resources, allowing experts to spend more time hunting down threats because they spend less time on mundane data collection tasks.

JFrog – Invisible infrastructure

JFrog offers a broad software portfolio that is aligned with growing adoption and implementation of DevOps technology and methodology.

Luminate – Universal risk

Luminate enables IT teams to create Zero Trust application access architecture allowing users to connect to any corporate app from any device while reducing attack surface.

RStor – Invisible infrastructure

RStor unlocks highly distributed, multi-cloud IT resources by networking them together and making then easier to use.

Sanmina 42Q – Pervasive intelligence

Sanmina’s 42Q is a cloud-based MES service to solve its own production challenges, and subsequently productized it as a service to sell to other manufacturers.

Sea Street Technologies – Invisible infrastructure

Sea Street built a different approach to infrastructure orchestration and service delivery through model-based governance.

Smartsheet – Contextual experience

Smartsheet is a software-as-a-service application for collaboration and work management.

Snowflake Computing – Pervasive intelligence

Snowflake Computing is a cloud-based data-warehousing startup whose product allows corporate users to store and analyze data using cloud-based hardware and software.

Spotinst – Invisible infrastructure

Spotinst provides a cloud-application scaling service designed to optimize performance and costs.

Twilio – Contextual experience

Twilio is a cloud communications platform as a service company that allows software developers to perform various communications using web service APIs.

Twistlock – Universal Risk

Twistlock provides container and cloud native cybersecurity solutions for the modern enterprise.

Please join us in congratulating our Q4 2018 451 Firestarters! The full evaluation of all these businesses is available to clients in our Research Dashboard. Not a client? Apply for Trial access.

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