Cool Vendors in 2013 are exploiting the Nexus of Forces of cloud computing, social, mobile, and information to challenge long-held assumptions and significant investments in traditional IT. These cool vendors are transforming the way businesses operate and consumers engage with technology.
Formlabs | MakerBot | Mcor Technologies | Organovo | Sculpteo
Get beyond the hype. 3D printing offers very real quantitative and qualitative benefits as well as opportunities to sell new business and consumer goods, today. Our first Cool Vendors report dedicated to 3D printing highlights five of the companies impacting the market that you need to know about.
Dynaplan | Fractal Analytics | Grok | Hicare Research | Opera Solutions
By delivering various combinations of domain expertise and higher levels of automation, this year's vendors improve the analytic accuracy, adoption and productivity of organizations. Our analysis shows IT leaders what these vendors can offer their organizations.
Crossing-Tech | Push Technology | Waratek | WebRatio
Application and integration platforms are evolving to support enterprises' cloud adoption with increased scale, elasticity and standardization. Directors of infrastructure with these requirements should consider these four innovative vendors.
FeedHenry | Mobile Labs | Moovweb | Qualitia | Zenexity
These Cool Vendors in application development are implementing new technology and frameworks to improve the productivity of application development teams.
AppNeta | Crittercism | ExtraHop Networks | Kataskopeo | Renesys
We highlight emerging APM offerings bought by multiple buyers, including IT operations, application support, development and line-of-business application owners. These offerings encompass an understanding of network performance, the Internet's health and critical mobile application performance.
Catalyst IT Services | Ciklum | Cloud Sherpas | Futura Mobility | Rural Sourcing
Our Cool Vendors research for application services features five smaller service providers that offer CIOs, sourcing leaders and application development managers innovative services and new approaches to solve business problems.
Kymeta | Lyft | moovel | Splitsecnd
This year's cool vendors exemplify the innovation opportunities for the automotive industry in the areas of connected vehicles, smart mobility, safety and evolving business models.
Alog Data Centers do Brasil | Direct Talk | Dualtec | Navita | uMov.me
Brazil's local providers in cloud, mobile and social demonstrate the availability of state-of-the-art technology offerings in the country. These newcomers offer innovative services for user organizations, are robust choices for potential partnerships, and are newest enablers of the Nexus of Forces.
Access Intelligence | DicoLab | Ping 4
Crisis/incident management and situational awareness are key focus areas for BCM programs. Three new Cool Vendors provide real-time capabilities for managing business disruptions that BCM managers should investigate to mature their programs.
AWPL | Compsim | edorasware | Knowesia | Rage Frameworks
Breakthroughs from five vendors in collaborative workflow, case management, intelligent business operations and model-driven solution development signal that process standardization is no longer enough, and that high-performance businesses must manage both structured and unstructured processes.
Blue Prism | Interactive Media | MyBiz
The business process service market is open to innovation, and Gartner sees Blue Prism, Interactive Media and MyBiz as innovative emerging players that are helping to frame the future landscape. These providers can decrease overall costs for data handling business processes.
800APP | eBPM Consulting | Eisoo | Shiqu Tech | Zhuhai Seine Technology
China is a highly dynamic and fragmented market, with regional differences in economic growth and IT maturity. This presents an opportunity for IT providers, especially local providers, to be more innovative and adaptive in addressing domestic demand and enabling strategic business advantage.
Bromium | Framehawk | Numecent
Enterprises looking to drive application delivery efficiency and seeking innovative protection from advanced targeted attacks should know these Cool Vendors and their innovative approaches to solving a range of problems that arise in managing enterprise applications and data.
Adaptive Computing | Enstratius | Flexiant | HotLink | RiverMeadow Software
Enterprise IT leaders and cloud architects are facing new opportunities to leverage a growing set of offerings from emerging cloud management technology vendors. We examine five such vendors providing cloud management platform and/or cloud migration capabilities.
9 Spokes | ComputeNext | Interworks | Nephos Technologies
This Cool Vendors report showcases companies that can help enterprises and providers accelerate time to market and simplify the complexity of distributing and consuming multiple cloud services.
Cloudreach | FullArmor | Gravitant | LuxCloud | Proximitum
This Cool Vendors report showcases a sampling of innovative companies that are enabling the role of cloud services brokerage, particularly the aggregation brokerage role, in various ways. By using these services, enterprises and providers can get more value out of cloud services.
Contextream | Glue Networks | GNodal | Kindsight | Plivo
New vendors are appearing in reaction to CSPs moving toward software-defined networking and an increase in the need for more secure mobile solutions. The vendors featured in this Cool Vendor report focus on SDN solutions and mobile security for communications service providers.
Accumulus | Agilis International | Centina Systems | Centri Technology | Emagine
This report helps CxOs select platform providers for three of the nexus forces: information, mobile and cloud. Vendors profiled offer solutions for analytics, offer management, reporting, data management and subscription billing, for example.
Dacuda | Fitbit | Looxcie | Memoto | SmartLabs
This report outlines five emerging companies that are bringing new networked and wearable devices, accessories, or smart-home solutions to the market. Device vendors should take advantage of the new business opportunities that will develop.
Inner Truth | Onalytica | Promise-Communispace | SalesBrain | Whitematter Marketing
Innovative consumer research leverages neuromarketing techniques, social media and co-creation with potential customers to deliver actionable insights to improve brand perception, marketing effectiveness and product development.
Ambient Devices | EnOcean | Imprint Energy | Lilliputian Systems
We analyze small, new vendors operating in energy monitoring, new battery technologies and fuel cell charger markets. These are important components of next-generation consumer energy solutions and of particular interest to OEMs, consumer device product managers and utility firms.
Fifth Dimension | QThru | Quri
Personalized mobile offers, retail execution, and collaboration are central themes in this year's Cool Vendors report as consumer goods companies seek to drive improvements in their sales and marketing efforts.
Expect Labs | Kooaba | Tabbedout | Viggle | Wizzbill
Gartner profiles five vendors that play different roles in the mobile app ecosystem. They contribute to the new app economy's growth by helping brands, retailers and app developers explore innovative technologies that may increase future revenue.
Airbnb | Bubble Motion | Capital Koala | QGate | Taskhub
This report looks at emerging companies, that are investigating new and innovative services to consumers. This can benefit business-to-consumer service providers as they develop more inventive approaches to retaining their customer base.
Atigeo | Metavana | NetBase | Ramp | YarcData
Finding insights across multistructured data is one of the biggest opportunities to derive value from analytics. Cool Vendors in content and social analytics offer innovative approaches, tools and technologies so decision makers can act on insights and patterns across content and structured data.
Colligo Networks | Flow Corporation | Gecod | Reveille Software | Xait
Cool Vendors in content management provide IT and business buyers with innovative solutions to help them to create, manage, and access their information better. Emerging mobile requirements to create and socialize content requires enterprises to consider new tools and infrastructure.
Conversocial | Rapide | SundaySky | WalkMe | Xiaoi
The Cool Vendors in CRM Customer Service and Social provide IT and business buyers with innovative approaches, tools and technologies for creating positive customer service experiences. They capture customer feedback in traditional and social channels.
AtTask | RedPoint | SproutLoud
This year's Cool Vendors in marketing applications provide more robust people and project management and distributed marketing capabilities, and a data-driven cross-channel marketing platform.
Datahug | Lattice Engines | The TAS Group
The 2013 Cool Vendors in CRM sales offer new technologies that improve sales performance and effectiveness. They use mobile, social, big data analytics and the cloud to help salespeople improve their selling skills and find new prospects.
Asetek | Green Revolution Cooling | OptiCool Technologies | Optimum Path Systems | RF Code
This report highlights emerging vendors whose products are designed to help I&O leaders and data center managers resolve the rapid rise in data center heat density, and better manage energy consumption in the data center.
Anametrix | Media6Degrees | Wayin
Data-focused marketing providers collect and mine consumer intelligence from internal and external sources to drive and measure real-time campaigns and to develop a deeper understanding of customers, market dynamics and trends.
Boundary | Electric Cloud | Kubisys | Salt Stack
DevOps remains a driver for IT organizations seeking agility in delivering applications to the business. We review four vendors with innovative solutions to aid IT operations and network managers adopting DevOps practices, and assessing the merits and challenges of these approaches.
Catchoom | PublishThis | RevTrax | Thismoment
These newer and more innovative digital marketing vendors offer their own unique content marketing capabilities that enable brand marketers and agencies to create digital marketing campaigns and orchestrate into digital marketers' paid, earned and owned media.
ADmantX | Avangate | Meilishuo | Reevoo
Digital marketing, social product review, and digital and social e-commerce are all represented in this year's Cool Vendors for E-Commerce research. Map the resources required to develop an in-house solution against the packaged products offered by the various vendors that operate in this market.
Civitas Learning | Randa Solutions | SharedBook | StraighterLine
Four Cool Vendors help education CIOs improve institution competitiveness through big data analytics, teacher-empowering analytics, professor-centered self-publishing of e-textbooks and low-cost education that will lead to academic credits for students.
AutoGrid | Iris Energy | Scanadu | Vector Fabrics | Xamarin
The embedded software and systems market is booming, with an array of tools for equipment manufacturers and suppliers, including those to reduce application development time and cost and intelligent, smartphone-friendly, portable medical devices. We review providers offering these solutions.
Bkav | Business Connexion | DocPlanner | E-Like Soluções em Comércio Eletrônico S.A. | Flytxt
Technology providers will find that emerging markets continue to straddle the line between unique consumer requirements and evolving technology adoption characterized by the nexus of social, mobile, information and cloud-based solutions.
iFactor Consulting | Mobideo Technologies | Picarro | Verdeeco
New vendors permeate many areas of energy and utility operations to address increased customer expectations, better resource utilization, regulatory compliance and the smart grid data flood. Cool Vendors presented in this research offer promising approaches to those challenges.
AgreeYa Mobility | MokiMobility | MyKoots | Perfecto Mobile
Gartner introduces four vendors with product offerings of interest to IT leaders responsible for taking their organization through enterprise mobility's second wave. This research also reviews the latest developments within two previous Cool Vendors.
BuildingIQ | CloudApps | Recyclebank | WegoWise
We look at six Cool Vendors that address two key themes that are becoming increasingly related in the area of sustainability: namely, building energy efficiency and stakeholder engagement, especially through the use of gamification.
Health Catalyst | HealthSpot | onFocus Healthcare | Phytel | Vidyo
Each of this year's Cool Vendors for CIOs, CMIOs and healthcare IT leaders offers an innovative way to respond to the stress that arises from wholesale changes in healthcare systems.
Aragon-eRH | Culture Amp | Enlighten Operational Excellence | Hollaroo | Hunite
Cool Vendors in human capital management for 2013 showcase innovations in core global HR management systems, performance management, employee sentiment analysis and employee portals. HR and HR IT leaders should look beyond their traditional vendors for innovations in HCM software.
4tiitoo | InteraXon | Limitless Computing | Neurowear | Uniphore
Over the past two years, in-air gesture and touch control have captured most of developers' mind share, resulting in feedback-limited interfaces. A multimodal approach that includes speech recognition, together with a foray into brain wave sensing, promises to enrich the HMI.
Improv Electronics | Innovega | ISORG | SunPartner Group
Low-energy LCDs, contact lens augmentation, photosensitive materials and energy-generating display coatings have the potential to become important in next-generation consumer products. We review a selection of small and innovative vendors of interest to OEMs, system integrators and other vendors.
Breezy | EuroSmartz | Landa Digital Printing | Liforte | Novadex
While the proliferation of electronic media is giving rise to new print solutions focused on mobility, innovation is also taking place in digital print technology that allows printing on virtually any paper or film. Our Cool Vendors emphasize why print-related technology should not be overlooked.
Brand Idea Consultancy | Capillary Technologies | Invention Labs | Voraka
One of the fastest-growing IT markets, India has unique challenges that are leading to the creation of innovative solutions. We highlight four Indian vendors that are offering innovative solutions to meet local and global technology needs.
Intelteq | Liberata | QFire Software | Tarmin
Increasingly sophisticated requirements for information governance and master data management initiatives have broadened opportunities for smaller vendors to innovate in unique and powerful ways. Information management leaders should consider these solutions to enhance their programs in new areas.
BrightPlanet | Elastic Intelligence | NuoDB | Revelytix | The unbelievable Machine Company
IT executives in the information management field must extract maximum value from their data assets, but today's information infrastructures often aren't up to the job. Emerging vendors bring novel approaches to addressing perennial IM needs and the emerging need to harness big data.
CloudTran | Garantia Data | Jedox | Panopticon | Quartet FS
In-memory computing is a powerful, transformative IT trend, driven by new distributed transaction processing and high-performance analytics and data visualization needs. IT leaders should view at it as a paradigm that will soon reach mainstream adoption, rather than a risky and immature option.
Evolven | GrandSLA | IPsoft | iQuate | ITinvolve
IT operations leaders should review ITOM products to find new approaches to control costs, improve service and manage risk. Start with a pilot program that will ensure the vendor's tool is a good fit for your I&O organization's needs and will scale to meet your requirements.
Eurotech | Opengear | Quantum Secure | RTI
The rising interest among CIOs and the significance of IT/OT integration are supporting a wave of innovative vendors that are helping to ease the integration headaches of the disparate IT and OT architectures.
EV Technologies | LifeSpan | UsedSoft | The Woodhouse Partnership Ltd.
Perennial IT asset management challenges like asset disposal and software license entitlement management have attracted niche vendors offering innovative answers. IT asset managers must decide if restrictive procurement guidelines should be challenged to gain better flexibility and cost advantage.
Ayasdi | Comprehend Clinical | Entagen | Medikly | PointCross Life Sciences
Insight-driven performance improvement is on the minds of life science leaders, and these Cool Vendor picks produce tools for aggregating and delivering value from data.
aioTV | MediaPass | OpenX | upLynk
This year's Cool Vendors report analyzes the state of all aspects of media and the push to make business pay off.
Appboy | Applause | Banjo | TalkTo | Vibes
Widespread adoption of mobile devices means that consumers are now more accessible and connected than ever before. A new crop of Cool Vendors is looking to arm marketers with the tools needed to access and engage with consumers, wherever they are.
DeviceFidelity | Simlink | Toro Development | Yubico
Near Field Communication is permeating the mobile ecosystem, including smartphones, tablets and other digital devices. Product managers and those responsible for security and authentication should evaluate the NFC solutions offered by these small vendors.
ActiveState Software | Openwork | Rollbase | Singly
Cloud computing is central to IT innovation, and platform as a service is on the leading edge of that innovation, building the foundation for the emerging mainstream business in the cloud. IT planners and architects will find differentiating opportunities in offerings from many small PaaS vendors.
Beanstalk | Bistri | Moprise | Neos
Cool Vendors providing people-centered computing ecosystems and capabilities aim to richly and efficiently support application development managers and software and Web designers who collaborate and go about their tasks as developers, knowledge or process workers, and end customers.
Oculis Labs | PrivacyChoice | TeamDrive
Privacy concerns vary by country, industry and risk appetite. The innovative vendors profiled this year offer solutions that support privacy in the consumer online experience, privacy in the workplace and privacy of personal data stored off-premises.
BDNA | Intesource | Legal Suite | Sievo
IT leaders and CPOs can most effectively leverage procurement solutions when they know the market innovators and how these vendors create differentiated value. This year's Cool Vendors in procurement advance the market with enhanced analytics, social functionality and multienterprise support.
aPriori | Kenesto | nGrain | Stylesight | Sustainable Minds
This year's choices for Cool Vendors expand the horizons of collaboration, visualization, product cost, styling, and environmental friendliness into product design and use of 3D.
EOS Software | LeanKit | Nintex | RedCritter | Six Fish
Projects can fail to deliver their full value if the detailed, day-to-day processes of managing a project's multiple parts are not closely tended. These Cool Vendors offer ways for PPM leaders to make top-down governance more effective and back-end processes easier, and, in some cases, more fun.
Almax | IDInteract | Keytree | Mobilize Systems | Solomo Technology
The Nexus of Forces of cloud, mobile, social and big data will combine to deliver competitive advantage, driving sales and optimizing costs for leading retailers. The 2013 Cool Vendors provide unique capabilities and demonstrate support for retailer initiatives in critical customer-facing areas.
eFortresses | Litera | Nexgate | Resolver
The risk management and compliance Cool Vendors report presents new capabilities to address emerging requirements to improve business performance, address social compliance and cloud risks, and manage legal risks.
Alucid | Mandiant | Net Authority | Netbox Blue
Product managers and chief marketing officers interested in the security space should consider these emergent security technologies. Gartner's Cool Vendors in security offerings and business models point to new directions and potential opportunities in the security market.
BioCatch | Brainwave | STEALTHbits Technologies | Victrio
Chief information security officers and other security decision makers should consider new vendors of identity and access management technologies. Gartner's Cool Vendors are not appropriate for every enterprise, but their approaches point to new directions in their market spaces.
Cyvera | GreenSQL | Metaforic | MobileSpaces | NetCitadel
CISOs and other security decision makers should consider new vendors of infrastructure protection technologies. Gartner's Cool Vendors will not be appropriate for every enterprise, but these offerings and business models point to new directions in the market spaces they address.
21CT | Centrifuge | Critical Watch | Mobilisafe
CISOs and other security professionals should consider new vendors in the security intelligence space. These vendors offer innovative, forward-thinking solution sets designed to address emerging or newly identified security challenges.
Alert Logic | Bluebox | Digital Shadows | Skyhigh Networks
CISOs and other security decision makers should consider new vendors of cloud-based security services. These vendors bring a unique potential to IT environments that are grappling with a host of security issues.
ActLight | CogniMem Technologies | Neul | NeuroSky
Integrated solar cells, neural networks, TV "white-space" communications and biosensors are important components of next-generation systems. We review a selection of small and innovative vendors operating in these markets that OEMs and system integrators should be aware of.
Bitcarrier | Ingenia | ParkHelp | Rhythm Engineering | Sotera Wireless
The momentum in smart cities for innovative applications and management solutions increases as vendors connect and measure citizen benefit gained from social service improvements, ease of parking, air quality and in-home health monitoring.
140 Proof | Influitive | Janrain | Woobox | Zuberance
The huge marketing opportunity created by the social Web is a delicate balance, because brand promotion and commerce are not always the drivers behind one's social motivations. See how cool vendors in social marketing help digital marketers do it right.
Cloze | Nestivity | PleaseTech | SeatID | Senexx
Vendors in the social software and collaboration space continue to innovate, either by creating unique value within traditional collaboration domains or by exploring new ones. IT leaders have opportunities to deliver business value in the area of social software and collaboration.
CTERA Networks | Delphix | Panzura | Pure Storage | Scality
This research details five companies that provide innovative storage capabilities and/or contain the costs associated with storage and its operational management. Gartner also takes a look back at two vendors that were profiled in a previous Cool Vendors report.
AIMMS | CatchBull | Centiro | Logivations | Sourcemap
Supply chain management innovation continues. Supply chain and IT leaders can benefit from the new solutions emerging that are more adaptable, help improve supply chain optimization and enhance decision making.
4R Systems | Chainalytics | ES3 | Forte
Supply chain service providers are combining software, highly skilled employees and enabling technologies, such as cloud computing and analytics, to deliver capabilities that augment existing supply chain organizations and help them minimize or avoid capital expenditures.
Elliptic Labs | FiftyThree | Paradigm Creatives | Sonico Mobile
Tablets continue to be the hottest space in the consumer device market, where Apple remains the benchmark. As consumers get to know the potential of tablets, they search for good value for their money, as well as a richer experience, raising the bar for vendors.
ChannelEyes | Marketing Advocate | purechannelapps | Relayware | Zift Solutions
This Cool Vendors report showcases companies that are innovating sales and marketing techniques to help IT providers go to market more effectively. By using such services, IT providers can get more value from their sales and marketing investments.
Bitbrains | CloudSigma | Eshgro | Stealth Software
Cloud computing in Europe is developing slower than in other parts of the world, especially North America, but this region is home to some bright spot vendors that warrant closer examination. We highlight four that IT strategists should examine when planning a cloud computing strategy.
Arteria | DataVard | oXya | sovanta | SpinifexIT
These Cool Vendors provide innovative solutions that tackle recurring SAP customer challenges such as the user interface, human resources payroll, mobile applications, hosting effectiveness and the diagnosis of NetWeaver Business Warehouse technical problems. Evaluate them to maximize your SAP ROI.
Nutanix | Open Compute Project Foundation | Quanta Computer | Stromasys | Wiwynn
Through the remainder of the decade, the pace of innovation and change in the server market will be more disruptive than ever. Whether they're looking to increase densities; lower costs; or converge servers, storage and networking, IT leaders will need to get a handle on this volatile vendor market.
Cambrios | Leap Motion | mCube | Spicebox | Tactus Technology
Motion processing, haptics, free-air gesture recognition and flexible surfaces are key aspects of next-generation systems. We review a selection of small and innovative vendors operating in these markets that OEMs, system integrators and mobile device manufacturers should be aware of.
Futuretech | HarQen | NetSocket | Tely Labs | VoiceBase
These Cool Vendors give IT leaders in midsize businesses and large enterprises new ways to enhance collaboration with tools for capturing and sharing conferencing content from different media. We include an innovative approach for network monitoring that improves performance of UC applications.
Basis Science | MC10 | Valencell | VoxLinc | Zephyr Technology
Wearable electronics are gaining adoption for mobile health monitoring among fitness enthusiasts as well as by HR departments for employee safety and wellness. Electronics manufacturers seeking revenue opportunities should investigate wearable device companies that have innovative technology.
BugHerd | Hull | Optimizely | Studio Sketchpad
Web tool vendors are applying new technologies to bug reporting, social platforms, graphics programming and user-effectiveness measurement. These techniques have strong business potential, in terms of improved productivity, facilitated learning, more-efficient workflow and better conversion ratios.
Hortonworks | itracks | Streetline | TalentBin
Social, mobile, cloud and big data are each powerful on their own, but the combined impact of these forces on people and industries is profound. To examine Nexus of Forces influence on businesses and markets, we highlight five vendors that exploit the nexus with groundbreaking results.