Gartner acquires research and advisory services firm Burton Group

Gartner has announced the acquisition of the Burton Group for approximately $56 million.

Burton Group, a research and advisory services firm that focuses on providing practical, technically in-depth advice to front-line IT professionals, has approximately 41 research analysts, 40 sales and client service associates, and a projected 2009 revenue of $30 million.

Gene Hall, Gartner's chief executive officer, said: “Gartner has traditionally focused on providing strategic insight to CIOs and senior IT executives, while Burton Group has built a leading niche providing practical, how-to advice to front-line IT professionals.

“Thus, Burton Group is a great strategic fit for Gartner and should enable us to offer a more complete solution to every level and functional expert within an IT organisation. By leveraging our scale and worldwide distribution capabilities, we expect to significantly grow Burton Group's business over time.”

Jamie Lewis, Burton Group's chief executive officer, said: “I am very excited about the opportunities for accelerated growth that Burton Group should have as part of Gartner. By combining our technical depth with Gartner's global presence and distribution capabilities, we can reach a much broader set of clients with the most complete set of IT research and advisory services available.”

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