Nemertes is a global research-based advisory and consulting firm that analyzes the business value of emerging technologies.
Since 2002, we have provided strategic recommendations based on data-driven operational and business metrics to help organizations deliver successful technology transformation to employees and customers.
Simply put: Nemertes’ better data helps clients make better decisions.
Nemertes (“nuh MER teez”) Research is named for the sea goddess Nemertes, one of fifty Nereides, sisters who lived with their sea-god father Nereus in the Agean sea. They rendered navigational assistance to sailors, and were particularly venerated in port towns.
It was the summer of 2002. As the CTO of a global engineering firm, my role was to understand emerging technology and assess its business and operational impact.
I needed to be sure my hundreds of engineers were properly trained on the right technologies to grow our business of designing and implementing infrastructure for some of the largest and most sophisticated clients in the world: carriers, global manufacturing firms, and leading banks and financial institutions. These companies relied on us to build solid solutions that would future-proof their organizations for years to come. That meant we had to know more about both emerging technologies in the areas of applications, networks, servers, storage, user infrastructure, and cybersecurity than almost anyone else.
The problem? Despite a plethora of market research firms, there was no company focused specifically on providing what I needed: Concrete, usable information about how these emerging technologies would play out in my clients’ environments. How would their staffing needs change? What line items in the budget would go up, or down? What operational metrics would improve? What were the risks of deploying a particular technology, and what was the best way to mitigate those risks.
I knew the research firms didn’t have this information, because I’d worked at one. At the META Group, I’d run the Global Networking Strategies team that looked into emerging networking and cybersecurity technologies. We were great at understanding the technology and its challenges; not so great at providing solutions.
And our competitors (then as now, Gartner and Forrester) were no better. They covered emerging technology, but not business and operational impact; or they covered business and operational impacts for mature and established technologies.
By the summer of 2002, I’d figured out that if I needed this insight, so did others. And if nobody else was doing it, I should start. Although offered venture funding by several reputable VCs, I turned it down. Instead, I reached out to a partner…and Nemertes was formed.
Since our inception we’ve been entirely funded by clients (with occasional investments from the founders along the way). We’ve consistently focused on uncovering and understanding the emerging technologies that will have the greatest impact on large, sophisticated enterprise organizations. And we’ve served, and continue to serve, some of the largest, and most sophisticated: Global pharmaceutical firms. Media companies. Aerospace and defense organizations. Financial firms. The world’s most prestigious universities. High-tech companies.
For them, and for all our clients, we’ve provided information and insight they can’t get anywhere else. The data we provide helps them make decisions that keep them at the forefront of their industries. And today, we continue providing the same value we provided back in 2002: Better data, for better decisions.
– Johna Till Johnson, CEO