[GUEST POST] Gartner Updates: Notes from the AR regional briefing in the UK

Gartner has its ‘listening hat’ on at the UK AR Regional BriefingNew methodologies introduced by Gartner

Gartner recently opened its doors to AR professionals with a day of presentations and interactive workshops targeted at the influencer relations community. The idea was to build on the AR forums given at the Gartner Symposium conferences and spend more time on topics that we, as AR professionals, have said we wanted to know more about.

Overall, it was an excellent event with a good balance of presentations and interactive discussions. The first panel slot was rather over staged and an over-run at the start of the day left little time for what must have been one of the most useful sessions of the day by David Black on Gartner reports and methodologies (“Gartner Update: Magic Quadrant Contextualization and Critical Capabilities”). See below for a summary of the updates. Continue reading

Final call to join THE analyst/AR event of the year: Tues 16th July, 5pm in London

After a hard day’s work what could be better than enjoying a cold beer with your analyst friends and AR peers in an open-air bar overlooking London. What’s more, thanks to our kind friends at Tata Consultancy Services, there’ll be free drinks and canape’s on offer too!

We have over 150 people registered to attend, with more than 100 analysts from firms including, Gartner, ForresterIDC and Ovum along with a host of others from the likes of Analysys MasonNelson Hall and Current Analysis among  others. Continue reading

UK Chapter Summer Party Set to be Bigger Than Ever: Tues 16th July, 5pm til late

If you want a chance to catch up with your key analysts, get introduced to some important new faces in the industry and meet your AR peers then don’t miss the UK Chapter of the IIAR’s upcoming Summer Party and Networking Event.

We’ve ordered lots of glorious sunshine, booked an awesome venue exclusively for the IIAR and put enough money behind the bar for free drinks and canapés through the evening, thanks to very generous sponsorship from Tata Consultancy Services. With more than 90 analysts signed up to attend this is set to be the biggest event in the IIAR’s history! Continue reading

IIAR APJ Forum: Forrester continues to expand its operations in Asia/Pacific

By: Dave Noble, IIAR Board Member & APJ Chapter Lead

Forrester VP Dane Anderson (left) and senior analyst Tim Sheedy at last week’s APJ Forum

Just over 12 months since acquiring Asia/Pacific firm Springboard Research, Forrester Research continues to invest in the region with a view to significantly increasing its market share, particularly in the end-user space.

Speaking at the IIAR’s APJ Forum in Sydney last week, Forrester vice president & AP region manager, Dane Anderson, said that based on Q2 sales technology vendors now represented less than 50 per cent of the firm’s revenues in the region and that end-users would continue to be a major focus.

“We want to aggressively build out our end-user business… we can serve our vendor clients better by understanding their (end-user) clients more completely,” he said. Continue reading

Around Ben Woo from Neuralytix in 10 questions

In this interview Ben Woo, MD & Chief Strategist at Neuralytix, Inc. explains a little more about his background and company. Ben founded the company two years ago having worked as Programme VP at IDC for five years where he was responsible for advising clients on the evolution and trends relating to data storage systems. He also spoke at large events including the Big Data conferences worldwide. You can find out more about Ben through his LinkedIn profile and keep up to date via his blog and twitter.

  1. What are your coverage areas?
    We take a very different approach to market coverage. While most analyst firms cover technology areas, Neuralytix covers the business value of IT. We take a business problem, and discuss how various technologies apply to the problem.
  2. What are your opinions of the IT Analysis Marketplace and where do you see it going?
    Despite being an alumnus of a very large analyst firm; we believe that most IT vendors are interested in the opinions of independent analyst firms. We also believe that analysts will become influencers. (Not that they were not before). However, those analysts who have greater influence on social media and other new media will be more relevant than the traditional report based publication model. Continue reading

Around Phil Fersht from HfS Research in 10 Questions

Today we learn more about Phil Fersht, CEO at HfS Research. Phil has become a household name in the BPO business with a long track record of analysing this technology sector. Having worked as a Director at IDC for five years and then as VP at Yankee, Phil went on to work for Deloitte Consulting and AMR Research before joining HfS Research in 2009. You can follow Phil’s updates via twitter and LinkedIn or hear more from him and his team via the HfS blog.

  1. What are your coverage areas?
    Business and IT Services:  Business Process Outsourcing, ERP implementation strategies, Shared Services and Outsourcing, CFO and Business Operations strategies
  2. What are your opinions of the IT Analysis Marketplace and where do you see it going?
    It’s struggling to change the status quo of the last 15+ years. The traditional analyst firms are still making money so they have no burning platform for change. All their research is firewalled and very slow to market and their analyst blogs are rarely read and clearly regulated. Too many of the analysts, especially in services, are not from real industry/practitioner backgrounds, which frustrates clients because they want to talk to analysts who’ve done more than pontificate from an ivory tower. At the same time, I do not see many analyst firms challenging their dominant position, so do not expect to see much change anytime soon. Continue reading

Don’t forget to vote – IIAR Analyst of the Year 2012!

If you’ve not yet voted then please take this opportunity to give your top-rated analyst a boost and nominate them for this year’s IIAR 2012 Analyst of the Year and IIAR Analyst Firm of the Year.

We’ve worked hard to make this year’s survey a robust reflection of AR pros’ perspective on top-rated analysts and analyst firms but we need your help. It’s only an accurate reflection if you vote so please take just five minutes out while you enjoy your lunch or coffee/tea break to answer a few questions.

The winner will be the analyst with the highest overall rating from multiple responses, rather than the analyst that attracts the highest number of votes.

IIAR Analyst Firm of the Year will be run using the same format only we’ve split out the large global analyst firms from other smaller and independent firms so you can vote for multiple analyst firms.

All marketing communication professionals who regularly engage with analysts – IIAR members and non–members – are welcome to take part and all individual votes will be treated as strictly confidential.

The survey will be open until Friday 10th August with the results to be announced in September. There’s not long to go now so please do vote. Any questions feel free to contact me.

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