The IT analyst firm, he explained, offers market intelligence both on the demand side and on the supply side. Yamakawa works for the demand side of the organization, which groups its work under the term Voice of the Enterprise.
451 Research (News - Alert) does online surveys and one-on-one phone interviews with enterprise IT decision makers to understand their needs and requirements, and where the market is and where it’s likely to go moving forward.
The interviews, Yamakawa said, provide “narratives that put more color on data points.”
The 451 Research Voice of the Enterprise pulls from a panel of more than 25,000 members in IT, said Yamakawa, adding that participating in the effort is a good opportunity for these individuals to make their voices heard.
Storage is among the areas on which Voice of the Enterprise is focused. It delivers quarterly surveys and analysis on the topic. The latest one looked at current and future spending projections for all-flash array, hyper-converged, NAS, object storage, public cloud storage, SAN, and software-defined storage. It broke down storage spending based on individual vendors and offered forecasts on that spending. It looked at the breakdown between on-premises vs. off-premises storage solutions. It offered insight on what titles within enterprises are buying storage solutions. And it considered trends and developments both within and outside organizations that are driving change in enterprise storage. The study also offered storage buying drivers, market growth information, vendor evaluations, and more.
As the 451 Research blog explains, the firm’s 2016 plan “is to closely track how various IT innovations will assemble and coalesce into a hybrid IT architecture that can rapidly deliver IT as on-demand services in response to business needs” – something that is commonly referred to as digital transformation. That will entail 451 Research continuing to report on big data and analytics, containers and microservices, continuous integration/continuous delivery, DevOps, hybrid cloud, the Internet of Things, and mobility. It will also involve 451 Research giving special attention to API management, dependency management tools, enterprise architecture management software, integration PaaS and integration middleware offerings, and process and collaboration management tools.