The 451 Group has announced the acquisition of Applied Velocity Labs, LLC, a Charlotte, NC-based strategy, advisory, and research firm and the developer of a proprietary digital infrastructure strategy framework adopted by multiple Fortune 500 companies and leading technology-industry providers. 

Founded by IT industry expert and best-selling author Tony Bishop, Applied Velocity Labs enables rapid and agile development of a business-aligned strategy and execution model, linking the business and IT portfolio within a digital infrastructure paradigm. Mr. Bishop will join The 451 Group as Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Head of 451 Advisors, which provides advisory services to The 451 Group's enterprise, IT vendor and service-provider clients.

Commenting on the acquisition, The 451 Group's Chairman and CEO, Martin V. McCarthy, said, "We are delighted to welcome Tony Bishop and the Applied Velocity Labs team to join me and the 230+ professionals here at The 451 Group. The convergence of systems, facilities and IT under the umbrella of digital infrastructure is an important dynamic in our industry. Tony Bishop has an excellent track record in helping business and technology executives navigate digital infrastructure challenges. The proprietary Applied Velocity Labs strategic framework will broaden our capabilities and expertise, helping enterprises transform their technology operations to support the evolution of the digital enterprise."

Commenting on the acquisition, Applied Velocity Labs founder and CEO Tony Bishop said,  "Having been a customer and partner of The 451 Group for many years, I'm excited to create this combination of strategy advisory and applied research, and to help world-class enterprises drive business performance through technology transformation. Providing strategic advisory integrated with empirical industry research focused on the enterprise transformation to a digital infrastructure paradigm will enable companies to compete successfully in this new digital world we live in."