Author Archive | Maria Ashton

IIAR Breakfast/Cafe meet at the Gartner Symposium in Barcelona

If you are going to the Gartner Symposium, drop in to the IIAR Breakfast – for a coffee, perhaps some churros and a chat on all things AR related with Ludovic Leforestier (@lludovicLinkedIn) IIAR co-founder and Director Thought Leadership and Analyst Relations at BearingPoint.coffee-and-churros

When: Wednesday November 9th Nov 2016
Time: 08.30am local time
Venue: Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona Hotel, Carrer del Taulat, 262-264, 08019 Barcelona, Spain

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Around Susan Prakasam from Microsoft in 10 questions

Today we ask our probing questions of Susan Prakasam from Microsoft. Singapore based Susan (LinkedIn, @suprakasam) is the Analyst lead for Microsoft Asia, and she won AR Professional of the Year for APAC in 2016. susan-prakasam-microsoft 

Questions:

  1. What’s been your career path to becoming an AR pro?

My longest stint has been in sales & business development before becoming an analyst. Both roles continue to hold value in my current avatar as an AR pro. The foundation in sales keeps me grounded in being customer centric and oriented to how analysts are best served to influence them, and my stint as an analyst helps me understand the regional landscape of analyst houses and the strengths each firm delivers on based on how it is structured and the methodology that is their unique proposition.

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IIAR Discussion Group: Negotiating with Gartner

Successfully negotiating your contract with analyst firms to get the best business value from commercial relationships with industry analysis firms is a key activity for many analyst relations (AR) teams.negotiating-with-gartner

A follow-on from our first IIAR Discussion Group will review the outcomes document from the first meeting (IIAR members can download it <<here>>) and continue the conversation. As Gartner is the largest of the analyst firms we expect the discussion will no doubt focus here; this will not be to the exclusion of all (or any) of the other analyst companies.
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IIAR Best Practices Webinar: Strategic Analyst Tiering For Digital Business

This new IIAR Best Practices Paper will be resented by Susan Galer (@smgaler, LinkedIn) in an IIAR Webinar moderated by Ludovic LeforestierLinkedIn @lludovic), Bearing Point and IIAR Board, this how-to webinar is designed to go beyond textbook best practices, providing step-by- step techniques you can put in place immediately to:susan-galer

  • cut through the noise and determine which analysts really matter to your company
  • forge ahead even when you don’t have a business plan from internal stakeholders
  • match your organization’s objectives to the analyst’s true scope of influence
  • answer hard questions to bridge the gap between expectations and reality

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IIAR Forum and Webinar – How well do you know 451 Research?

451 Penny Jones, William Fellows, James Stanton451 Research has been growing rapidly over the past few years, with an analyst team of 120+ and a diversified set of data-driven research services.  James Stanton, (@stantonibusLinkedIn), SVP Marketing will provide an overview of the company. He will be accompanied by William Fellows, VP and Founder of 451, (@wif, LinkedIn)  and Penny Jones, (@PennyJones451, LinkedIn), a Senior Analyst focused on European Services who will provide an overview of her coverage area and help answer questions on how best to engage the 451 Analyst team.

Moderated by Ludovic LeforestierLinkedIn @lludovic), Bearing Point and IIAR Board member. Continue Reading →

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IIAR Webinar: The HfS Research-As-a-Service Model -“Thriving in a Market that Refuses to Change”

The enfant terrible of the industry analysis industry (with maybe a very traditional business model, see The mysterious HfS business model… revealed) will provide an update to IIAR Members on Horses for Sources Research. Presented by HfS founder, Chief Analyst Officer and twice IIAR Analyst of The Year (in 2011 and 2010Phil Fersht  (LinkedIn, @pfersht) and Barbra McGann, EVP Research (LinkedIn, @SheridanMcGann). HfS

The webinar will be chaired by Ludovic Leforestier /Bearing Point and IIAR Board (@lludovicLinkedIn).

Agenda:

  • About HfS
  • Today’s Analyst Industry
  • Aligning the Future of Tech with the Future of Research
  • The HfS Blueprint methodology and how it’s shaping the future analyst model
  • Wrap-up:  Where do we go from here?

When: Thursday 29th September
Time: 17.00 GMT/ 18.00 CET/ 9am PDT/ 12noon EDT
IIAR Members Register Here

This webinar is open to IIAR members, non members should contact the IIAR Community Manager: Maria Ashton mashton at analystrelations dot org.

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IIAR London Forum: Creating AR impact – are agencies an asset or a threat

To kickstart Q3 and the forthcoming events season, the U.K. Chapter of the IIAR  has organised an evening of healthy debate, intelligent content and responsible drinking.

The topic for our panel discussion is an evergreen one: should vendors keep AR in-house or could they benefit from external support? panel discussion2

Agenda – Wednesday 14th September 2016 – London

  • 1800: Welcome drinks
  • 1815: Welcome note & update by the IIAR Board
  • 1830: Tutorial: Case studies in Effective External AR support, Dominic Pannell /Buzz Method (LinkedIn, @buzzmethod)
  • 1900: Panel discussion – Creating AR impact – are agencies an asset or a threat?
    Chaired by Ludovic Leforestier /Bearing Point and IIAR Board (@lludovicLinkedIn) with

  • 2000: Analyst firm spotlight with Aditya KishoreHeavy Reading (an Informa company)
  • 2045: Drinking Class on Gin presented by Paulina Michelak, By The Bottle
  • 2115: networking sponsored by Tenderlake and By The Bottle – Networking Through Responsible Drinking

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Around Christian Renaud in 10 Questions

451 IoT Christian RenaudToday we ask our probing questions of Christian Renaud from 451 Research. Iowa based Christian (LinkedIn, @xianrenaud) is Research Director for IoT (Internet of Things). 

  1. What are your coverage areas?
    Internet of Things.

  2. What are your opinions of the IT Analysis Marketplace and where do you see it going?
    I think the market is speciating between smaller boutique shops and larger numbers shops with specialists in the middle, like 451.

  3. What’s your typical day like?
    About 1/3 quiet contemplation, 1/3 briefings and meetings, and 1/3 complete chaos.
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[JOB POSTING] Industry Analyst Relations Manager

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is looking for an Industry Analyst Relations Manager, for its Security Software and Services division.Hewlett Packard Enterprise Logo

The Analyst Relations Manager will play a vital role in communicating and engaging with the industry analysts and influencers who cover Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Security software and services business. Security is a core strategic business for Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), and as such this role will have high visibility inside and outside the company. The Analyst Relations Manager will play an important role in shaping the perception of HPE’s Security business, influencing analyst ratings and recommendations, ultimately impacting sales and performance of the business. Continue Reading →

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Gartner acquires SCM World, what does it mean for AR Professionals?

Gartner has consolidated its position as the leader of the pack through its latest acquisition of SCM World, we are not sure how much Gartner paid for SCM but it is estimated to be around the £10m plus mark.

SCM World is a privately held company headquartered in London, U.K., with approximately 60 associates serving clients worldwide in Supply Chain Management. SCM World is a leading cross-industry peer network and learning community providing subscription-based research and conferences powered by the world’s most influential chief supply chain officers and senior supply chain practitioners.

Readers may recall back in 2009 Gartner bought AMR, which served supply chain management and IT professionals. Continue Reading →

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Around Annette Zimmermann in 10 questions

Today we ask our probing questions of Annette Zimmerman from Gartner. Munich-based Research Director Annette (LinkedIn, Twitter) is Agenda Manager for Gartner’s devices research – and she probably has more gadgets than you.

  1. What are your coverage areas?Annette Zimmermann

My beat is very broad in comparison to many analysts. I cover personal technologies including devices, PCs and wearables, following firms like Apple, Microsoft, Google, Samsung to name but a few. I’m also tracking the IoT and specifically beacon technology and indoor positioning solutions from vendors like Cisco, Aruba and Estimote.

  1. What are your opinions of the IT Analysis Marketplace and where do you see it going?

It’s still a growing business with demand coming from vendors and IT-users alike. Industry specific knowledge is becoming more important. Continue Reading →

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IIAR Summer Party 2016: All aboard

This year’s summer party is set to be a great event, the setting is one of London’s unique and iconic venues – the HMS Belfast, and is once again, kindly sponsored by Tata Consultancy Services.

IIAR members and Analysts dust off your glad rags and come rock the boat,  join us aboard a vessel which is steeped in history and naval charm for an evening of drinks, canapés and networking. Continue Reading →

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Around Katy Ring in 10 Questions

Today we ask our probing questions of Katy Ring, (LinkedIn@451Research) Research Director for IT Services at the 451 Group

  1. What are your coverage areas?Katy Ring 451 Group
    I cover Cloud Transformation Services – basically how advanced technologies are used by consultancies and IT service companies to create and deliver offerings for digital transformation.
  1. What are your opinions of the IT Analysis Marketplace and where do you see it going?
    It is much the same as other marketplaces – you have the large incumbents that everyone moans about but continue to use, the disruptive entrants that are the most fun to work for, and the mid-sized firms that are squeezed by both sides. One thing that does bother me about the IT Analysis Marketplace is the lack of young analysts coming through – in many geos this is a side effect of the death of industry trade journalism, which is where a lot of us began our careers. I’m pleased to say 451 is investing in a graduate Research Associate scheme to help address this.
  1. What’s your typical day like?
    I tend to have two different types of day: either I spend the day in my home office writing, researching, taking phone briefings and enquiry calls; or I am traveling to customer sites and events around the world. The former type of day is quite introspective, the other is socially demanding. The variety is part of what makes the job interesting.
  1. Now, c’mon, tell me an AR horror story?
    Many years ago being disinvited from an event because (I was told) that although I was a tier 1 analyst the vendor had decided I worked for a tier 2 firm. I am not sure in what world that kind of attitude makes for good relationships but most analysts have experienced this kind of nonsense at one time or another.
  1. How do you position your firm? What is your business model? 
    I would say 451 Research is a disruptive firm with reasonable scale (more than 120 analysts globally). We deliver a combination of research & data across fourteen channels aligned to the prevailing topics and technologies of digital infrastructure. Our digital transformation coverage spans from the data-center core to the mobile edge.
    We differentiate by publishing daily, topical, up-to-date reports via our Market Insights product. We also publish longer pieces of research such as our Voice of the Enterprise quarterly commentator products that we provide in a range of technology areas.
    Our customer base is a mix of suppliers, investors and buy-side organizations in that order. However, our readership influence tips that mix on its head, as our commentator network of over 30,000, accesses our research via a “freemium” model.
  1. What is your research methodology?
    We employ a lot of PhDs – indeed by some vendors’ metrics this fact alone would merit rebranding as a big data consultancy – so we undertake primary research. The research is largely conducted via the phone, although where we can we like to meet in person. However, the quantitative team is working with sample sizes that would make face-to-face meetings quite challenging!
  1. Tell us about one good AR practice you’ve experienced or one good AR event you’ve attended.
    I particularly welcome the all too rare ability to meet customers as part of the “speed-dating” executive 1:1 sessions that vendors provide at analyst events.
  1. Any hobbies or favourite restaurant / food that you’d like to share?
    Magdalen in Tooley Street is great and brings back good memories of the CIO dinners Kate Hanaghan and I hosted when we were running K2 Advisory.
  1. What is your biggest challenges for the upcoming 6 months? And for the next 30 mn?
    For the rest of the year? Trying to analyze “digital transformation services” in a way that is both meaningful and useful to our audiences. In the next 30 minutes? Deciding which biscuit to have with my cuppa
  1. Is there another analyst whose work you rate highly?
    I have a lot of respect for William Fellows, who I have the pleasure of working with at 451 – he is an individual with an encyclopedic knowledge of the cloud industry. Other analysts that I find to be both creative and engaging in the way they work are Kate Hanaghan, Bola Rotibi, and Jess Figueras.

 

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Around Tim Jennings from Ovum in 10 questions

Today we ask our probing questions of Tim Jennings, (LinkedIn, @tjennings) Chief Research Officer and Research Fellow at Ovum (@ovum, see related posts)

1. What are your coverage areas?Ovum Tim Jennings
As Chief Research Officer at Ovum, my focus is less on a specific topic, and more on how technology overall is being applied to create business value. That said, I need to keep abreast of all the hot topics, and be able to hold vaguely sensible conversations on anything from converged infrastructure to customer experience. If I was to pick the coverage area that I enjoy most, it would be BI and information management.

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[JOB POSTING] Senior Account Supervisor, Analyst Relations at Edelman

Edelman Silicon Valley or San Francisco is currently seeking a Senior Account Supervisor to join its Analyst Relations (AR) team. The Senior Account Supervisor (SAS) will help manage the Analyst Relations Edelman logoclients to ensure that AR programs support larger account strategies.

The AR SAS exhibits excellence in all areas of analyst relations, including development of strategic client plans and professional relationships with industry analyst contacts. This person should be adept at recognizing opportunities to accelerate or take client agendas in new directions, working with team members to collaborate on ideas for new programs. The AR SAS will provide strategic counsel and anticipate client needs, providing superior client service.

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IIAR Webinar – Why Peer Review Sites Matter: Influence and the digital buyer

Mike Fauscette / G2 CrowdWhy Peer Review Sites Matter: Influence and the digital buyer
Presented by Mike Fauscette (LinkedIn, @mfauscette), Chief Research Officer at G2 Crowd.
Moderated by Ludovic LeforestierLinkedIn @lludovic), Bearing Point and IIAR Board

When: Thursday 22 September 2016
Time: 08.00 PST/ 11.00 EDT/ 16.30 BST/ 17.30 CEST

The Internet and mobile technologies have changed the way people interact and created a population that is always on and always connected. This new connectivity and interaction patterns have opened up many new business innovation and opportunities, but at the same time has led to behavioral changes that are creating frictions and unmet expectations among employees, partners and customers/prospects. For many companies this manifests as a “sales” problem but is, in fact a buyer behavioral “problem”. Buyers are looking to new sources of information, sharing past experiences and in general influenced in new ways and by different I information sources. Continue Reading →

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[JOB POSTING] Industry Analyst Relations Manager, Security Software and Services

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is seeking an Industry Analyst Relations Manager for Security Software and Services
HP, Hewlett PackardThe Analyst Relations Manager will play a vital role in communicating and engaging with the industry analysts and influencers who cover Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Security software and services business. Security is a core strategic business for Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), and as such this role will have high visibility inside and outside the company. The Analyst Relations Manager will play an important role in shaping the perception of HPE’s Security business, influencing analyst ratings and recommendations, ultimately impacting sales and performance of the business.

This position will report to the Communications team lead for HPE’s Security business, part of HPE’s Global Communications organization.

This individual will be responsible for all industry analyst relations engagement and activity for HPE’s Security software and services business.
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IIAR Webinar: Adventures in Analyst Relations

IIAR Webinar: Adventures in Analyst Relations 
Presented by Peggy O’Neill, Senior Director, Analyst Relations at Informatica Peggy O'Neill
When: 13th July 2016
Time: 08:30 PST/ 16:30 BST/ 17:30 CET
Like anything in life, the more you put in the more you get out.
Understanding where your organization is in terms of its Analyst Relations is important. In this webinar Peggy will guide us through how to establish where an AR program is and paint a picture of what is possible. It summarizes the benefits you receive as your company invests more in AR and becomes more mature about how it works with the analyst community.

Companies that do strategic AR understand how to get the most out of their analyst relationships. They are also confident and can articulate their vision and roadmap, and can plan their analyst interactions accordingly. But they’re not so confident that they think they can’t learn anything from analysts.

Please note that the webinar is for IIAR members only, if you are not a member and an Analyst Relations professional who is interested in attending please email Maria Ashton: [email protected]
IIAR members can register by clicking here
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[JOB POSTING] Automation Anywhere – Senior Manager, Global Analyst Relations

 Senior Manager, Global Analyst Relations – Automation Anywhere

Automation Anywhere LogoReporting to the CMO, the Senior Manager of Global Analyst Relations will develop strategic relations with our growing community of classic analysts and next-gen influencers.

The Senior Manager of Global Analyst Relations is a self-starter with a passion for results-driven analyst relations proven by a track record in a complementary area such as enterprise software, process automation or IT business transformation for the digital economy. Day to day, this position will:

Define, develop and measure valuable two-way relationships with analysts worldwide
Drive broader and deeper coverage of differentiatd customer benefits, solutions and use cases
Provide management with outside-in input to strategies, products and services, drawing from industry trends, competitive landscapes and analyst message tests/advisory
Team with marketing, PR and sales to improve messaging and sales enablement
Broaden visibility of the company and help hone its voice across regions and marketsThis position works to build, support and measure external relationships, related marketing initiatives and detailed program plans in support of Automation Anywhere business objectives. The position requires frequent contact with industry influencers and all levels of Automation Anywhere, channel and customer spokespeople. The ideal candidate has 5 to 8 years’ experience in analyst relations, strong written and verbal communications skills, active listening skills, and the ability to manage multiple projects on time and on budget.

This position is based at company headquarters in San Jose, CA, USA. Candidates must be local.

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[JOB POSTING] Analyst Relations Manager

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Juniper is looking for an experienced influencer relations or industry analyst relations self-starter to support executive relations with industry opinion leaders. The Analyst Relations Manager is a high visibility position that will support the Sr Dir, Global Analyst Relations and work with all levels of Juniper from the CEO down. If you are an experienced influencer relations / analyst relations professional ready to take on a more strategic role — and you can show up every day with passion, precision and persuasion — then they would love to meet you.

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