Outside of the dry statistics concerning the ongoing consolidation in the software market is our own readership and contact network.Â Â Research 2.0 has always focused on the position and influence of clients and readers rather than sheer numbers.Â The number of CEO research clients has been an important aspect to our business model.
We always loose some CEO clients to acquisition but lately the pace seems to have quickened and moved to smaller companies as well.Â At first we lost Alfred Chuang as BEA got absorbed into Oracle and then Bernard Liautaud as Business Objects became part of SAP.Â
Then today we saw ILOG get acquired by IBM after years of innovative management by Pierre Haren.Â Just a week or two ago Datallegro was acquired by Microsoft and Stuart Frost dropped from our CEO list as well.
Fortunately we have picked up some new CEO reader/clients and our numbers around the number of technology CEO and institutional PM readers that we have direct input to has never been higher either in terms of numbers or market capitalization.
Still the velocity of change seems to be ever increasing and it further influences are thinking on approach and business model.Â Â We also know that many of our prior-CEO friends will again be at the helm of even more interesting start-up companies.
One in the SaaS/Data space is Good Data which has just raised a significant round of financing and his entering very early stages of technology demonstration.Â The company is led by CEO Roman Stanek who successfully piloted prior startups like NetBeans and Systinet.
As always the ratio of "what’s new and interesting" versus "what’s old and boring" is increasing every day at Research 2.0.Â We all need to get used to shorter cycles.