Ovum triumphs in analyst awards

London, (PresseBox) - David Mitchell, Senior Vice President of IT Research at Ovum, has been named one of the top 3 Analysts of the Year by The Institute of Industry Analyst Relations (IIAR) in their 2009 global survey.

The annual survey, undertaken by the IIAR and based on responses from 137 analyst relations professionals, also ranks Mitchell the runner up for EMEA Analyst of the Year and one of the Most Important Analysts in three separate categories - services, enterprise and software. Mitchell was praised for his "unique intelligence and insight".

Commenting on his award, David Mitchell said: "Being recognised by the IIAR as one of the top analysts globally is extremely gratifying because it represents the views of an important group of our customers."

"At a time when vendors have to evaluate carefully where they should invest their limited funds, it is refreshing to see best-of-class analysts receiving recognition for the value they deliver. Now, more than ever before, analysts have to prove their tangible worth and those that provide independence, integrity, flexibility and deep industry knowledge of their specific areas are being recognised as true partners for vendors and IT buyers," noted Jonny Bentwood, Head of Analyst Relations and Strategy, Edelman.

Ovum was also named one of the top four global analyst firms. "Together these awards highlight the value of Ovum both as a global business leader in the competitive ICT (Information, Communication and Technology) industry and as a highly effective people business," said Mark Meek, Managing Director for Ovum and CEO of Datamonitor.

About the IIAR:

Established in April 2006, the Institute of Industry Analyst Relations is a non-profit organisation dedicated to raising industry awareness of the value of analyst relations, promoting and sharing best practice in AR, enhancing communications between vendors and analyst firms, and providing opportunities for AR professionals to meet and network with their industry peers. For further information, visit www.analystrelations.org

Ovum

Ovum is a global advisory and consulting firm. Its primary activity is providing value-added advisory services and consulting to retained and project clients. The company acts as a well-respected and trusted source of industry data, knowledge and expertise on the commercial impact of technology, regulatory and market changes. Ovum engages in continuous research and industry analysis to determine market dynamics in its specialist sectors. Ovum has developed long-standing relationships with many of its corporate clients, which include major international blue-chip companies such as Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, BT, Cable & Wireless, Cisco Systems, Deutsche Telekom, Fujitsu, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Telstra and Vodafone. Ovum is part of the Datamonitor Group.

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