Friday, 8 July 2005

KCG and ASG on Ovum

I just noticed that Ovum has a web page where they cite a KCG review of their firm, which states: "Ovum is one of the most respected and trusted advisory firms in the European Telecoms and IT marketplaces. They enjoy a reputation for quiet competence and trusted advice and we believe that over time, and if not squandered, this will eventually make Ovum one of the stronger players in the marketplace."

This is a rather different assessment from that of the Analyst Strategy Group, whose 2004 study rates Ovum as one of the least influential firms in Europe.

Personally, both statements seem overstated to me. It's pretty hard to build a analyst firm up to $30 m if no-one takes it seriously. But the most respected firms in Europe must be Gartner, IDC and Forrester, surely?

What do you think? Are they just disagreeing for the sake of it?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think it depends which Ovum you are looking at. The Ovum that studies the Telco and Wireless sector is highly influential, the leader in (Europe and Asia) by a mile and a half.

However, the Ovum that used to study IT has no influence anymore - most of the top analysts have left, and imho they may as well close that side of the business down. I shan't be buying from them.