Welcome (back) Martin Schneider!

It’s my pleasure to announce that we recently recruited Martin Schneider as a Research Manager (press release here), based in our San Francisco office. Martin will be focused primarily on the innovation and disruption taking place at ‘the top of the stack’ in the application software space; a part of the industry that is undergoing huge change through the combined impact of cloud, software-as-a-service and social media.

This is actually Martin’s second stint with the company, and is part of the reason why we are so excited to have him back in the building. Martin first joined 451 in 2004, where as analyst and then senior analyst he spearheaded our coverage of the CRM software market. Since being tempted away to join the vendor side in 2007, Martin has worked in various senior marketing roles for two software startups, first for CRM specialist SugarCRM, and then for cloud storage and data management firm Basho.

This experience at the sharp-end of the startup world, allied with Martin’s extensive industry knowledge, contacts, prolific work-rate and unbridled enthusiasm, means that we now have a top-class, commercially-minded analyst to spearhead coverage and help lead the broader debate in a critical part of the industry.

Equally important is that Martin will be a key link within the 451 Research chain; after all, applications are what enterprise IT really cares about, and what the rest of the stack is optimized for. Therefore, Martin’s role will involve extensive collaboration with multiple 451 Research practices, analysts and research directors, especially around infrastructure and cloud computing, as well as information management.

In other good news, we also announced that Matt Aslett has been promoted to the role of Research Manager. Frequent readers of this blog will already be very familiar with Matt, and this is a well-deserved promotion. Matt is recognized by the industry as being at the forefront in his field. His published analysis is thoroughly informed, insightful and prolific, our clients love him, and he has become a popular public speaker for all things data-related, especially around his concept of “total data.”

With these two promotions 451 Research is starting 2012 with a bang. Welcome Martin and congratulations Matt.

One other announcement is that Nick Patience recently left the company to pursue an opportunity in the vendor world. As a co-founder, Nick has played an instrumental role in the company’s growth and development over the last 12 years. We’re sorry to see him go, but wish him the best of luck in his new role on the dark side!