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Milford, MA –- April 22, 2009 – Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), a market-leading information technology research, analysis, and strategy firm, today announced the addition of Steve O’Donnell as Managing Director for ESG’s European operations.

Steve will lead the growth of ESG in Europe as well as the global IT operations practice for the company.

O’Donnell is a internationally recognized leader in Data Center Operations with 30 years of hands on experience running some of the largest IT organizations in the world. His enormously popular blog – “The Hot Aisle” ( is widely recognized by IT professionals as the “go to” resource for information on how to run a proper IT organization.

Most recently O’Donnell ran IT Internationally for First Data, the largest global credit, debit, gift and prepay card processing company in the world. Prior to this he was Global Head of Data Centres at British Telecom (BT) running the largest data centre and IT Operation in Europe. O’Donnell has a worldwide reputation as a thought leader in Green IT having won six industry awards for his 21st Century Data Centre vision and design. He has also held senior positions at Cable & Wireless, Lehman Brothers, and Deutsche Bank, and has successfully built a number of IT consulting firms. He is a professional member of the IEEE, the IET, and the British Computer Society.

“Having known Steve for several years, we could not be happier to have a person of his caliber join our team.  He adds a fantastic dimension and a real-world IT operational perspective – with the scars to prove it.” said Steve Duplessie, ESG’s Founder and CEO.

“Years ago I was introduced to ESG by several colleagues and found myself relying on their analysis and opinion to help clarify my decision making processes’, says O’Donnell, ‘On several occasions I became engaged directly with their team. They welcomed the chance to have a real exchange of ideas, and that’s when I became a fan. Now I look forward to being able to help others learn from my IT experiences and the experiences of the brilliant people at ESG.”

O’Donnell will be based in London and will be responsible for building the team to deliver ESG’s services throughout the European theater. Further, O’Donnell will lead ESG’s IT Operations practice globally.

About ESG

Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) is an integrated, full-service IT analyst and business strategy firm, world-renowned for forward-looking market intelligence, analysis, and consulting services that deliver measurable results. Recognized as one of the world¹s top analyst firms by offering a unique blend of capabilities — including world-class market research, hands-on technical product testing, and expert consulting methodologies such as the ESG Strategy Lifecycle — ESG is relied upon by IT professionals, technology vendors, institutional investors, and the media for actionable IT and business intelligence.

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