451 Research Shines as a “Go To” Analyst Firm as We Start our 20th Year

Over the past 19 years, 451 Research has worked hard to deliver unique and impactful insight and data about innovation in the technology industry, and we are thankful for the recognition that our clients give us. However, it is always special when your work is recognized by the tech industry and the analyst relations community more broadly. In just the past year, 451 Research and our analysts have been acknowledged as “highly valued” by three different analyst relations communities – further cementing our reputation as one of the technology industry’s premier firms.

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Introducing the 451 Firestarters Award Recipients for Q1 2019

In October 2018, we announced our first set of 451 Firestarters award winners, recognizing exceptional innovation in the technology industry.  Today, we are excited to announce the next group of 451 Firestarters; our Q1 2019 award recipients.

The 451 Firestarters program is exclusively analyst-led, providing our team of industry technology experts with the opportunity to recognize exceptional innovation in the technology industry, regardless of its origin, and based on the simple, yet rigorous, criterion of impressing our team of analysts. This is no mean feat considering our analysts speak to several hundreds of companies at the cutting edge of technology innovation and disruption every year. There are no quotas to fill, and this is in no way a ‘pay to play.’ Any company or technology that we believe could substantially disrupt an existing market – or even create a new market category – has the potential to become a 451 Firestarter.

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

Below, we are delighted to announce the Q1 2019 451 Firestarters. (in alphabetical order):

BigID – Universal Risk
BigID works to change how companies can protect and manage the privacy of personal data in the face of new breaches and new regulations on data protection.

Concertio – Invisible Infrastructure
Concertio’s suite of tools allow hardware and software systems to work together as seamlessly as possible.

Dragos – Universal Risk
Dragos offers a comprehensive ICS cybersecurity solution to ensure its customers have the tools and knowledge to establish a resilient and adaptable security posture.

Filament – Pervasive Intelligence
Filament offers complete solutions that include hardware, software and services that integrate blockchain technology into an enterprise.

HPE Edgeline Converged Edge Systems – Pervasive Intelligence
HPE’s Edgeline Converged Edge System converges operational technology like data acquisition systems, control systems and industrial networks already in play at the edge which should result in lower operating and energy expenses.

Immuta – Pervasive Intelligence
Immuta has created a data management platform for data science. Data scientists connect your tools to their solution and the company has governance professionals work on policies for you to help comply with industry regulations.

Itential – Invisible Infrastructure
The Itential software helps accelerate the move to software-driven networks as a portion of an enterprise’s digital transformation.

OSIsoft – Pervasive Intelligence
OSIsoft provides an open enterprise infrastructure that connects sensor data and systems with the people who need to leverage that information to better the business.

Terminus – Contextual Experience
Terminus aims to be the end-to-end solution for marketing and sales departments to identify and prioritize key accounts and engage with them across multiple channels through targeted outreach.

Vonage Technologies – Contextual Experience
Cloud communications provider that has redefined unified communications as an open platform built on APIs that enable organizations to customize their own applications.

Weaveworks – Invisible Infrastructure
Weaveworks’ cloud-based solution simplifies the deployment and management of containers and microservices as companies move to be more cloud-native.


Please join us in congratulating our Q1 2019 451 Firestarters! Of course, we hope you will agree with our selections, and will use this as an opportunity to find out more about them. We welcome, and encourage, feedback; this is an opportunity for you to engage with a world-class analyst team whose coverage spans the emerging digital technology landscape. If your organization is actively engaged with our analyst team, then that is your chance to impress us, and potentially become a 451 Firestarter, too!

More detailed insight around all the 451 Firestarter award winners is available to clients via our Research Dashboard. Not a client? Apply for Trial access.

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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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Research Team News: New Roles for Seven Key 451 Research Analysts

Our global team of analysts works diligently to provide critical and timely insight into disruptive, innovative technologies and the companies building them out. We appreciate this hard work and are very proud of our analysts when they get to reap the rewards of that work. With that in mind, we are so excited to share that seven key analysts have recently moved to new roles at 451 Research.

Sheryl Kingstone, Matt Aslett and Christian Renaud have been promoted to Research Vice President. 

Together with Nick Patience, Matt will lead the expanded Data, Analytics and AI team. Matt has been with 451 Research nearly 11 years, primarily focusing on data management, data catalogs, business intelligence and analytics, and data science management, but he recently has been spending more of his time on AI. He is widely recognized in the industry, speaking at several industry and client events every year, and was named among the top 200 Thought Leaders in the field of Big Data and Analytics by AnalyticsWeek. 

Sheryl will continue to lead the Customer Experience & Commerce research, and she has also assumed the role of General Manager of Voice of the Connected User Landscape research. Sheryl is known for her expertise in customer experience software markets spanning ad tech, marketing, sales, commerce and service. On top of her regular research and speaking engagements, Sheryl contributes to Smart Customer Service. As the General Manager for Voice of the Connected User Landscape, she leverages her years of survey research experience to drive a significant part of our Customer Insight research.

Christian will lead the 451 Research Internet of Things (IoT) research team. Christian has spearheaded the development of our IoT coverage across all our research products: Market Insight, Technology & Business Insight, Voice of the Enterprise, Voice of the Connected User Landscape and Market Monitor. Examples include the Economics of IoT Technology & Business Insight report, which he worked on with Owen Rogers, and a Market Insight report about the FMCSA Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate. He frequently speaks at various events about emerging technology, entrepreneurship and trends. 

Dan Thompson has been promoted to Research Director – Multi-tenant Datacenters. In this new role, Dan will lead the North American MTDC team. Dan has covered multi-tenant datacenter landscapes in Japan, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia, as well as parts of the US. He is particularly focused on multi-tenant datacenters that are attempting to move up the stack to offer additional services beyond colocation and connectivity, including disaster recovery, security and cloud. Not only has Dan proven himself as a great analyst, but he has also been an important mentor within the organization. 

Newly promoted to Research Director, Jordan McKee leads our Customer Experience & Commerce coverage. Jordan is well known for his research focused on digital transformation across the commerce value chain, emphasizing major trends impacting retail, payment networks, payment processors and point-of-sale providers. Jordan regularly speaks at industry events and engages with the media, and he was listed on the Electronic Transactions Association's Forty Under 40 list for 2018.

Pat Daly and Teddy Miller have been promoted to Analyst. Pat has been a key member of both the Information Security and IoT teams. Pat is an alumnus of our first Research Associate class and progressed rapidly through the development model. Pat has established himself as the go-to analyst for insights on IoT security, including the protection of critical infrastructure, transportation and medical devices. He recently contributed to the Market Insight report covering the DUO Security acquisition.

Starting as an intern at 451 Research, Teddy has become a key member of the Multi-tenant Datacenter team with his coverage of the Chinese datacenter market. Teddy has made it possible for us to expand our coverage of this market and maintain our granular understanding of it as seen in his Market Map reports.  

Congratulations Matt, Sheryl, Christian, Dan, Jordan, Pat and Teddy! Thank you – to all our analysts – for their hard work. If you would like to explore their available research further, either log in to the Research Dashboard or apply for trial access.

Together with Nick Patience, Matt will lead the expanded Data, Analytics and AI team. Matt has been with 451 Research nearly 11 years, primarily focusing on data management, data catalogs, business intelligence and analytics, and data science management, but he recently has been spending more of his time on AI. He is widely recognized in the industry, speaking at several industry and client events every year, and was named among the top 200 Thought Leaders in the field of Big Data and Analytics by AnalyticsWeek. 

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