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We’ll Miss You Claire

Claire Dessaux

It was with great sadness that I heard Claire Dessaux, Managing Vice President, Research Content and Delivery at Gartner, died recently.

Claire struggled with health issues off and on in recent years, but she was still too young to leave us, and her premature death robs the world of a steadfast friend, reliable co-worker, and cheerful presence for those who knew her.

For the analyst relations community, it’s worth taking a moment to mourn her passing even for those who didn’t know her, as we lost a key advocate in Claire. In her role at Gartner, Claire pushed for more transparency, predictability, and communications with vendors. Longtime, experienced Gartner analysts would grumble about how Gartner management continues to mechanize research, making it increasingly templatized and fungible, but Claire understood the need for consistency, scalability, and getting away from the “prima donna analyst” that plagued Gartner pre-Gene Hall. Continue Reading →

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In memory of Brian Riggs

We were very sad and shocked to hear the news that Brian Riggs of Ovum and No Jitter died this weekend in a swimming accident.

He was truly one of the best, and the analyst world is poorer without him.

Dave Michels of TalkingPointz has written a very lovely post about Brian which is very much worth reading if you knew him.

Our condolences go to his family, friends and colleagues. Rest in peace Sir.

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In memory of Madan Sheina

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Madan Sheina, one of Ovum’s highly regarded Analysts, tragically passed away recently. Madan possessed a rare combination of talents which allowed him to become a world class analyst, respected manager, a generous collaborator, and a fierce ambassador for quality. He was also always great fun to be around. Everyone at Ovum will remember him in terms of the profound impact he had, and will continue to have, on our business, our research, and our clients.

In honour of his memory Ovum has set up a memorial fund. If you wish to contribute please follow this link to the memorial fund home page. All funds raised will go directly to Madan’s family.

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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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Claus Egge – Rest in Peace

We’re very sad to hear that Claus Egge has passed away.

Claus was a lovely man and a great analyst.  For those who knew him, the world is now a poorer place.

Our sympathies go to his family, friends and colleagues.

If you would like to send a message, his colleagues at Rainmaker Files have asked for them to be sent to [email protected]

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In memory of Michael Selwyn

Michael Selwyn

We are very sad to share the news that Michael Selwyn, one of Europe’s most well  known and highly respected AR consultants, passed away last Friday. Michael was an active and enthusiastic member of the IIAR, always ready to share his great experience and knowledge, and he will be sorely missed.

Our condolences go to his wife Elizabeth and daughter Solange.

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