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CIBER Positioned in 'Challengers' Quadrant in Leading Analyst Firm's 2007 ERP Services Magic Quadrant
Oct 09, 2007 (10:10 AM EDT)
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo., Oct. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CIBER, Inc. today announced that it has been included in the Challengers Quadrant of leading industry research firm Gartner, Inc.'s Magic Quadrant for ERP Service Providers, North America, 2007, published on Sept. 18, 2007. CIBER was also included in the Niche Players Quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for ERP Service Providers, Europe, 2007, published on Sept. 19, 2007. Both reports were authored by Alex Soejarto, Frances Karamouzis, Khalda Parveen, and Michael von Uechtritz.
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The announcement comes on the heels of CIBER's acquisition of the SAP Practice of Headstrong Corporation, which was operated under the name of Metamor Enterprise Solutions LLC.
The announcement was also made at the Gartner Symposium ITxpo 2007 being held Oct. 7 - 12 in Orlando, Fla., where CIBER is exhibiting in the IT Services and Outsourcing Marketplace, booth #300.
"We are very pleased to be included on Gartner's Magic Quadrants," said Mac Slingerlend, CIBER's President and Chief Executive Officer. "We believe Gartner is validating our growth and evolution in ERP services, which is a crucial part of the full solution lifecycle support that we provide to clients."
Stamford, Conn.-based Gartner employs 1,200 research analysts who provide technology-related insight to senior IT executives in its 10,000 client corporations and government agencies each year. Gartner's annual evaluations, called Magic Quadrants, help company executives learn about and evaluate the many vendors which provide services in various IT sectors. Gartner evaluates each vendor's vision and ability to execute that vision, and then positions vendors in one of four quadrants: challengers, niche players, visionaries, and leaders.
Earlier this year, CIBER was also included on three other Magic Quadrant evaluations:
-- Magic Quadrant for Help Desk Outsourcing, North America, 2006 (published 26 March 2007) -- Challenger quadrant -- Magic Quadrant for Desktop Outsourcing Services, North America, 2007 (published 26 March 2007) -- Challenger quadrant -- Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence Services, North America 2007, (published 13 March 2007) -- Niche quadrant
CIBER offers services in assessment, evaluation, implementation, integration, customization, maintenance, and hosting for all of the major players in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) space, including SAP, Oracle (including PeopleSoft and JD Edwards), Lawson, and Microsoft. CIBER's business and technical expertise spans more than 20 years and a range of industries, including higher education; retail; federal, state, and local government; consumer packaged goods; manufacturing; travel and hospitality; healthcare; and financial services.
About Gartner's Magic Quadrants
The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 2007 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
Challengers execute well today for the portfolio of work selected, but they have a less-defined view of market direction. Consequently, these service providers may be the "up and comers" of the future, or they may not be aggressive and proactive enough in preparing for the future. Challengers appear systematically and often compete head-to-head with established brands for deals, but they approach the ERP market differently and also apply innovation, therefore challenging established thinking.
Niche players focus on a particular segment of the market as defined by such characteristics as functional area vertical industry, customer size or project complexity. Their ability to execute is limited to those focus areas and, therefore, is assessed accordingly. Their ability to innovate may be affected by this narrow focus. A niche player has invested in more-defined ERP technology skills. It also has vertical market expertise confirmed by clients, a solid local market share position or a differentiating element in its operational business, which make it a niche player.
About CIBER, Inc.
CIBER, Inc. is a pure-play international system integration consultancy with superior value-priced services for both private and government sector clients. CIBER's global delivery services are offered on a project or strategic staffing basis, in both custom and enterprise resource planning (ERP) package environments, and across all technology platforms, operating systems and infrastructures. Founded in 1974 and headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colo., the company now serves client businesses from over 60 U.S. offices, 22 European offices and five offices in Asia. Operating in 18 countries, with more than 8,000 employees and annual revenue of approximately $1 billion, CIBER and its IT specialists continuously build and upgrade clients' systems to "competitive advantage status." CIBER is included in the Russell 2000 Index and the S&P Small Cap 600 Index. CIBER, ALWAYS ABLE. http://www.ciber.com
Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements
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