Keeping Up with The Vendors

INSIDE MARKET DATA SPECIAL REPORT

Margret Hibschman, principal at Barclays Global Investors, offers a user's perspective on the market

IMD: What was the biggest development in the market in 2004 and why?

Hibschman: From BGI's vantage, the most significant activity in 2004 revolved around the changing competitive landscape for data providers. Acquisitions and consolidations continued at an aggressive pace, and as provider firms turned inward to sort themselves out organizationally, they lost focus on service basics and product

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