META Group, Inc. presented findings from METAspectrum, a new methodology designed to help IT executives and managers navigate the changing IT vendor landscape. Unlike previous "vendor-mapping" offerings, METAspectrum leverages a rigorous series of standards and criteria to ensure consistency, while employing subcriteria to evaluate vendors based on the critical success factors for an individual market. This approach enables IT professionals to conduct comparative assessments of a vendor's strengths and weaknesses across the most important evaluation criteria for a given market. The result is a more accurate and efficient method for identifying a potential vendor partner.

"Traditionally, IT vendor market analysis was dependent upon an analyst's subjective knowledge of a particular vendor and market – meaning the quality of the assessment could vary from vendor to vendor and market to market," said Bill Hopkins, founder and CEO, The Knowledge Capital Group, a leading market strategy firm and IT analyst industry watchdog. "The METAspectrum methodology forces the analyst to do his homework, ensuring consistent findings across the board. This is a definite boon to technology investment decision-makers and IT vendors alike."

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