I think that the loss of AMR from the market research universe has left a big gap in terms of coverage. I realize that the majority of the resources have been rolled into Gartner, however the whole is less than the sum of its parts. In the past, I would leverage both Gartner and AMR Research heavily for a variety of needs - competitive intelligence, strategy and market insights to name a few. Without AMR in the picture there is an opportunity for another vendor to step into the void and fill this need. I believe that companies such as Manufacturing Insights has a real opportunity to fill this gap, I just wonder if IDC will have the business acumen to make the necessary investments to allow Manufacturing Insights to take full advantage of this opportunity.
In the field of sustainability in the supply chain I find that Aberdeen Research and AMR have stepped up to report on this emerging growth area and have provided a great depth of value added research.