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  • Gartner Japan Bolsters Research, Consulting Prior to IPO
  • March 4, 1999 (TOKYO) — Gartner Group Japan KK aims to reorganize its structure by reinforcing its research and consulting divisions to raise sales at an annual rate of about 30 percent.
    Also, the company said that it plans to list its stock on the over-the-counter market within about five years.

    Its Dataquest analyst department and Japan Research Center (JRC) will have more specific job descriptions, and each will develop its own service products. The target clients for Dataquest are in the information technology (IT) industry, including vendors, while the target clients for JRC are user enterprises.

    The move to reinforce Gartner Group Japan’s organizational structure comes as a result of the reorganization of its U.S. parent company, Gartner Group Inc.

    The parent company announced a reorganization on Feb. 8, and it is expected to take about a year to fully implement.

    Gartner Japan will likely complete its reorganization ahead of its parent company. Just as is the case with the U.S.-based Gartner Group, the unit in Japan will reorganize so as to have each department operate its respective business on an independent basis.

    New services will be launched in line with the establishment of the new structure. Consulting services called “ITEP” for user companies’ information systems executives will begin within this year. Additionally, new services are planned for vendors, including outsourcing consulting.

    “We will set up a new system so as to provide information from Japan to overseas users in the area of market research,” said Gartner Japan president Yoshitaka Taguchi.

    To establish this system, Gartner Japan will add 10 to 20 analysts a year. Its current staff level is about 50.

    As a part of this move, the company appointed Tadashi Horiuchi to be managing director of JRC on March 1. Horiuchi was formerly with Digital Equipment Corp. of Japan.

    (BizTech News Dept.)

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