Attracting top talent pays off
Apple tops supply chain ranking
23 December 2009 | Paul Snell
Technology research business Gartner has completed its purchase of rival analyst firm AMR Research.
Gartner paid $63 million (£40 million) for AMR, which is perhaps best known for its annual ranking of companies with the best supply chains.
“AMR is the gold standard for research focused on supply chain management, which is a central and growing issue for many large organisations,” said Gene Hall, CEO of Gartner. “Supply chain management and IT are inextricably linked, so this acquisition is an excellent strategic fit for our business.”
When the deal was announced at the start of this month, AMR CEO Tony Friscia said the takeover was a good opportunity for AMR to sell its research to a larger audience.
Meanwhile, consultancy giant PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has acquired US supply chain management advisory firm Alaris Consulting for an undisclosed amount.
“In today’s difficult economic environment, one of the top priorities shared by most large enterprises is the need to reduce costs and increase efficiencies, particularly in the areas of procurement and supply chain effectiveness,” said David Pittman, partner at PwC. “We look forward to working with the Alaris team to help our clients solve their most pressing and complex supply chain issues.”