RampRate’s Investor Analyst Research practice brings factual data on real-world deals happening all over the world.

Our analysis includes real prices being paid by buyers, suppliers evaluation metrics, direct end-customer perceptions, and much more. Our SPY Index™ helps our research analysts get beyond surveys and annual report numbers and straight to the decision support you need as an investor or analyst.

Frequently asked questions:

What are real competitive advantages / entry barriers?
RampRate works in markets around the world and tracks the ebb and flow of businesses in those markets. Our SPY Index allows us to quickly understand players and positioning in each location, and identify trends which make for opportunities or red flags. For example, among the thousands of data points collected over 15 years are client weightings for dozens of importance factors in their buying decisions.  We use that data, compared to win/loss performance, to form a clear picture of exactly why companies win or lose deals. This is done by geography, market segment, company size or other pertinent factors.
A supplier’s stock crash – their problem or industry crisis?
RampRate has the pulse of deal flow around the world.  We can give you hard data on market dynamics to tell you whether you’re seeing an underperforming business, or a weakening market. Competitive price pressure is a typical rationale for margin erosion, but how do you know for sure?  RampRate’s SPY Index contains price levels from global IT infrastructure outsourcing markets – we see markets begin to rise and fall before the business you’re working with finds out months later.
How do I check a business model / competitive analysis?
RampRate is an information company with an unparalleled database of real market metrics – the SPY Index.  Our analysts can quickly compare speculation or implied data with real-world factual information.
What are the biggest untapped opportunities?
Based on our data and modeling, we can extract opportunities that are impossible to spot from casual observation, anecdotal information or even data from a typically small sample of deals done by a single company.  Finding gaps in location, service offering, pricing models and levels, as well as strategic marketing is one of our specialties.
Is the company I’m investing in for real?
RampRate can help you definitively evaluate a potential investment by direct comparison to like businesses, as well as the weighting preference models generated by our clients.  If your potential acquisition is competitively sound, and fits what real clients want, you have the hard information to make the right decisions. We have direct relationships and data covering hundreds of the world’s leading (frankly, sometimes lagging) sellers in the IT infrastructure outsourcing markets.  And, as part of a client engagement process at RampRate, we continue to collect accurate data that includes capabilities, costs and social responsibility profiles on all the sellers involved in deals.
What’s the real market size / opportunity, not hype?
RampRate’s SPY Index contains hard data on real-world buyer-seller transactions.  One way in which we use the data is to construct highly accurate comparisons between service businesses in the IT infrastructure outsourcing markets. If you have general exploratory questions or would like a consultation with one of our Strategic Research experts.
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Testimonials

Blizzard Entertainment“RampRate has been my most reliable global resource and is ready to perform for us at a moment’s notice. Their inside knowledge and ability to handle high-level complex negotiations helped us move fast! They made scaling easier.”

Paul Sams, COO, Blizzard Entertainment


 Phil Wiser, CTO Hearst, formerly of Sony and Liquid Audio“For over a dozen years, RampRate helped my companies understand the differences between suppliers and worked with us to create the methodology, define the metrics and utilize the proper QoS tools needed to choose the supplier best suited to our needs or restructuring through tailoring solutions. RampRate knows this business better than anyone. We literally saved months of time and optimized our infrastructure spend time and time again. They saved us millions, created agility and new budget out of thin air.” We use them to source or renegotiate cloud, CDN, data center, telecom, software, and strategic initiatives.

Phil Wiser, CTO Hearst, formerly of Sony and Liquid Audio


eBay“I knew I was leaving a bit on the table in our outsourced contracts. But the corporate mandate is growth and innovation, and when further contract improvement seemed to be marginal, my team’s first priorities had to move elsewhere. We can count on RampRate to be precise, timely and create millions in value.”

Dean Nelson, Vice President of Global Foundation Services, eBay


Accenture“I have had the pleasure of working with the crew at RampRate several times. Each time they have saved significant time in negotiating and closing contracts for data center space, telecom and managed services, which provided at least 20% savings over what we could have done alone and certainly cut processes in half. Tony and team are extremely knowledgeable in this space and always bring innovation and out-of-the-box thinking to the table.” 

Michael Montalto, Accenture


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