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New Team Members Extend Research Coverage of Early Adopter Trends
In Financial Markets, Eco-Efficient IT and Open Source

London, November 5th, 2007 – The 451 Group continues to grow at a rapid pace as it adds three technology-industry veterans to its UK team in order to help meet the demand for insight into enterprise IT innovation. In the past two weeks, the independent technology-industry analyst company has appointed John Barr, Andy Lawrence and Matthew Aslett. They join the UK analyst team – John Abbott, William Fellows, Chris Noble and Krishna Roy, as well as Simon Robinson, recently relocated from the company's San Francisco office.

New team members include:

• Andy Lawrence, who joins The 451 Group as Research Director for Eco-Efficient IT
• John Barr, who has been appointed as Research Director, Financial Markets and Head of EU Research
• Matthew Aslett, who joins as an Analyst in the Enterprise Software practice.

"These technology-industry veterans have more than 55 years of combined experience, which we are now able to tap into to strengthen our coverage of enterprise IT, as well as enhance the insight we deliver to our more than 700 clients," said Martin McCarthy, CEO of The 451 Group. "We are close to wrapping up another year of record growth in 2007 – with the introduction of new services, the 451 online store, a growing client base and many new employees. All of these activities help to enhance our position as one of the leading independent voices on innovation in the technology business."

Andy Lawrence has joined as Research Director for Eco-Efficient IT at The 451 Group. He has been studying, analysing and writing about the IT industry for more than 20 years in a career as an award-winning journalist and technology publisher. Before joining The 451 Group, he was co-founder and editorial director of Infoconomy, publishers of Information Age magazine. Prior to that, Andy was the editorial director of ComputerWire, , a global IT news service. He was also the founding editor of Computer Business Review magazine, where he pioneered critical, in-depth business coverage of the IT industry.

John Barr has been appointed as Research Director, Financial Markets and Head of EU Research at The 451 Group, covering IT early adoption and innovation in the financial markets. He is also responsible for The 451 Group's research activities within the European Commission Framework Program. John has over 25 years of experience in the IT industry, initially writing compilers and development tools for HPC platforms. The bulk of his career has been spent in a variety of technical roles for systems vendors – such as Meiko, Convex, SGI, Sun and Intel – supporting their technical compute and HPC customers.

John is also active in many industry organisations. He was co-author of the DTI-sponsored “Unlocking the Grid”; he sits on the Advisory Board of the Grid Computing Now! Knowledge Transfer Network; he is the driving force behind the Open Grid API for Financial Markets initiative; and is the Chairman of the British Computer Society’s Parallel Processing Specialist Group. John has a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of St. Andrews.

Matthew Aslett heads up database coverage and contributes to the 451 Commercial Adoption of Open Source (CAOS) Research Service, as well as The 451 Group open source blog called CAOS Theory. Prior to joining The 451 Group, Matthew covered Linux and open source software for Datamonitor's Computer Business Review and ComputerWire, which he joined in 2001 as senior analyst for enterprise infrastructure. Matthew holds a BA in Multimedia Journalism from Bournemouth University.

More information about the analyst team is available here

About The 451 Group

The 451 Group is an independent technology-industry analyst company focused on the business of enterprise IT innovation. The company's analysts provide critical and timely insight into the market and competitive dynamics of innovation in emerging technology segments. Clients of the company – at vendor, investor, service-provider and end-user organisations – rely on 451 insight to support both strategic and tactical decision-making for competitive advantage.

The 451 Group is headquartered in New York, with offices in key locations, including San Francisco, London and Boston. The company also operates Tier 1 Research – an independent division of The 451 Group – which analyses the financial and industry implications of developments impacting public and private companies within the IT, communications and Internet sectors.

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