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S&P Global Acquires 451 Research

By Ken Briodagh
December 06, 2019

According to a recent release, S&P Global, a major provider of credit ratings, benchmarks, and analytics in the global capital and commodity markets, has acquired 451 Research, a privately-held research and advisory firm that provides intelligence, expertise and data covering high-growth emerging technology segments, including the Internet of Things (IoT).

451 Research will be operated within S&P Global Market Intelligence, the division that provides data, essential insights, and powerful analytics to help navigate the financial markets. This acquisition reportedly is designed to expand and strengthen S&P Global Market Intelligence’s research coverage, adding differentiated expertise and intelligence with comprehensive offerings in technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Information Security, Data Centers, Cloud and DevOps.

“As emerging technologies continue to remodel today’s business landscape and impact our decision-making, it’s important that we invest in and deepen our expertise in these growing sectors,” said Martina Cheung, President, S&P Global Market Intelligence. “451 Research’s comprehensive expertise in critical disruptive technologies will enable S&P Global Market Intelligence to further expand our sector relevant and differentiated data offerings while strengthening our ability to help our customers understand the digital transformation that’s impacting the market today.”

“We are excited to have 451 Research join the renowned team at S&P Global Market Intelligence,” said said Martin McCarthy, CEO and Chairman, The 451 Group. “For 20 years, 451 Research has been prized worldwide for its essential insight into innovation, disruption, and value creation in enterprise IT markets. The proven methodologies and constant tracking of enterprise IT customer sentiment assures that 451 Research clients can anticipate and deftly navigate the accelerating evolution of technology markets. As continuing CEO and Chairman of our Group’s Uptime Institute, I look forward now, as a client of 451 Research, to benefiting from an expanding array of insight and unique analytic offerings that 451 Research creates within the larger S&P Global Market Intelligence, that further serve both the financial and technology markets.”

Prior to this transaction, 451 Research had been a part of The 451 Group. Led by McCarthy, with support from financial partners, MLR Holdings, 451 Research publishes more than 3,000 reports and data sets annually and serves technology vendors and service providers, start-ups, technology investment bankers, VCs, and other technology market consulting and professional service firms.


Ken Briodagh is a storyteller, writer and editor with about two decades of experience under his belt. He is in love with technology and if he had his druthers would beta test everything from shoe phones to flying cars.

Edited by Ken Briodagh

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