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IRM Market Visionaries and Challengers Join Forces to Battle Leaders

by John A. Wheeler  |  February 11, 2019  |  Submit a Comment

In the span of a week, the integrated risk management (IRM) technology market has experienced significant consolidation. Four vendors from Gartner’s inaugural 2018 IRM Magic Quadrant have joined forces to evolve their legacy governance, risk and compliance (GRC) offerings to better compete in the IRM market (see figure below).


Last Monday, market challenger ACL announced the acquisition of market visionary Rsam.  Today, market visionary SAI Global announced the acquisition of market challenger Nasdaq’s Bwise group. Both acquisitions represent the maturation of the IRM market towards greater end-user adoption. In fact, Gartner predicts by 2021, 50% of large enterprises will use an IRM solution set to provide better decision-making capabilities (up from 30% in 2017). In addition, Gartner forecasts the IRM market (including consulting services and implementation) is on pace to grow from $5.3 billion in 2017 to $8.0 billion by 2021.

From a strategic perspective, both acquisitions are quite complementary in terms of addressing the four IRM integrated use cases driving end-user demand (see figure below).  The combined ACL/Rsam IRM solution set will leverage strengths in the performance and assurance use cases, while the combined SAI Global/Nasdaq IRM solution set will capitalize on strengths in the resilience and compliance use cases.


Stay tuned for more action in the dynamic IRM market. As competition increases and new players seek to enter the market, there’s sure to be more consolidation and product improvement. We will also see the continued demise of the legacy GRC market. To learn more about IRM, check out my other recent blog posts on the Gartner Blog Network.

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John A. Wheeler
Global Research Leader - Risk Management Technology
9 years at Gartner
30 years IT Industry

John A. Wheeler is global research leader for risk management technology solutions and professional services. His areas of specialty include integrated risk management, executive leadership and corporate governance. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAWheeler Read Full Bio

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