The ALM Vanguard assesses consulting firms in a defined consulting area based on a provider's relative breadth and depth of service capabilities, and its ultimate client impact in that service area. The ALM Vanguard is segmented by three levels: Leaders, Challengers, and Contenders. Each provider is evaluated independently according to an established set of criteria.
For each analysis, evaluations are specific to the service capabilities of those providers in that market being studied. To arrive at their assessments, ALM Intelligence analysts apply their own domain expertise through interviews with buyers and providers, surveys, and secondary sources that consider the following factors:
The strongest providers are afforded Vanguard status, indicating its leadership position in the specific market being analyzed. Consulting providers can achieve Vanguard status in two ways: