[JOB POSTING] Microsoft: Analyst Relations Manager, Microsoft, Redmond / WA – USA

The Server & Tools Business Communications Team is looking for a talented and hard-driving individual to take a leadership role in developing strategic relationships with high-profile industry analysts in support of the business. In this role, you will have a tremendous opportunity to be part of one of Microsoft’s most exciting divisions in a role that has broad influence across the industry. This role will help define the key perception changes and thought-leadership initiatives required to meet the aggressive growth goals of STB. Additionally, you will be working at the cutting edge of technology by helping shape the industry view of Microsoft in this key area. This focus is critical for Microsoft’s long-term success and therefore this position will have lots of opportunities to showcase talented individuals making a difference for the company.The successful candidate will have strong product marketing, technical sales and/or communications background, demonstrated technology understanding, excellent communication skills and the ability to build and maintain relationships with key industry influentials. This person will also excel at working in dynamic cross-team environments. Continue reading

[Guest Post] Humpty Gartner’s Logic

Blog courtesy of: Simon Levin (IIAR Board Member), Managing Director at The Skills Connection

A client of mine was talking to a Gartner analyst recently and learned, to his delight, that the analyst had given a particular prospect a clear steer in his direction.

“They’re a mid-sized company and they asked for my advice on relevant vendors, so I told them you guys were definitely relevant for small and mid-sized enterprises,” the analyst said.

But nothing happened. Our client didn’t hear from the prospect. And it was only later that we discovered our client had even been removed from a previously compiled consideration list as a direct result of this brief conversation.

The client was mortified. The analyst was baffled. The prospect, of course, missed the opportunity of acquiring what may well have been the best possible solution for his particular set of requirements. Continue reading

[JOB POSTING] Director of Product Marketing, Analyst Relations, Box – Los Altos, CA (San Francisco Bay Area)

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Director of Product Marketing, Analyst Relations

Box - Los Altos, CA (San Francisco Bay Area)

Job Description

At Box, we’re rethinking – and disrupting – the traditional enterprise software markets. Box is at the heart of major shifts in consumerization of IT, new worker expectations and having secure access to business content wherever they need it on whichever device of choice. We’ve got 14 million users, One hundred- forty thousand businesses, and a partner ecosystem that includes a who’s who of the cloud industry. We’re privately-held and have raised $287 million from illustrious venture capital firms Andreessen Horowitz, Meritech Capital Partners, Emergence Capital Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Scale Venture Partners and U.S. Venture Partners as well as from SAP Ventures, Salesforce and General Atlantic. Continue reading

IIAR offered free access to Constellation’s Connected Enterprise LiveStream!

Good news for IIAR members! They have been offered free access to the LiveStream of Constellation’s Connected Enterprise event 2012, being held in California, US from November 9 to 11.

RIP David Mitchell

It is with infinite sadness that I’ve heard yesterday I not only lost a dear friend but the industry is also mourning a respected thinker, an always friendly smile, a witty and smart analyst, and more. We are all poorer without David.

David, not to be confused with David Mitchell Smith who we hope is well, always liked to refer to his academic career as a lecturer in GIS at the University of Edinburgh, a good source of anecdotes on riot control. Scotland was close to his heart but he moved to London, first to apply his GIS knowledge in the commercial sector then joined Coopers & Lybrand and moved to Oracle. He started with Ovum back in 2005 where he ended up heading their IT advisory service, then did a stint at managing their utilities business. He joined Gartner 13 months ago in their go to market service and was only just promoted as MVP Software Application (HTTPS).
I’m out of There are no words to translate what he was: a respected thinker, a true gentleman.

Our thoughts go to his family and friends.

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