AOTY – Institute of Industry Analyst Relations (IIAR) http://analystrelations.org The IIAR is a not-for-profit organisation established to raise awareness of analyst relations and the value of industry analysts, promote best practice amongst analyst relations professionals, enhance communication between analyst firms and vendors, and offer opportunities for AR practitioners to network with their industry peers. Wed, 05 Dec 2018 14:09:54 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 76177372 IIAR Analyst Of The Year 2018 – The Awards Unwrapped. http://analystrelations.org/2018/12/04/iiar-analyst-of-the-year-2018-the-awards-unwrapped/ http://analystrelations.org/2018/12/04/iiar-analyst-of-the-year-2018-the-awards-unwrapped/#comments Tue, 04 Dec 2018 20:00:32 +0000 http://analystrelations.org/?p=261326 Who’d have thought Christmas would come this early? Grab a glass of bubbles, put on the festive music and light the fire. It’s time to unveil the IIAR Analyst Of The Year award winners.

2018 was a year in which influencer relations became more important in delivering business impact, and so unsurprisingly analysts’ voices have been a critical focus for sales enablement and marketing. We see analysts themselves continuing to build profile beyond repors, through social media and content, and in response organisations are ramping their commitment to tracking how analysts impact their brand. It’s an exciting, evolving time.

So for the IIAR community, it’s important to recognise the range of analysts and firms who are leading the way. We listen carefully to the voices of our members and remain fully engaged with the global analyst network.

To this end we’ve heard from the community in eleven countries across four continents. We’ve reviewed hundreds of nominations and thousands of point scores. Award winners were determined based on the scoring provided by IIAR members, in accordance with the IIAR SOSM methodology. The nominations therefore reflect the best practice promoted within the IIAR.

All of this leads to one thing – as a festive drumroll is unleashed – the award winners

IIAR New Entrant Of The Year 2018

The winner is: Paul McKay / Forrester (LinkedIn@PMcKayForrester)

 

IIAR Client Partner Of The Year 2018

The winner is: Chris Cook / Ovum (LinkedIn)

Well done to Michael Devagno / Ovum ( LinkedIn@mdevagno) and Greg Pace / Gartner (LinkedIn@gregpace12) who were runners up in the category.

 

IIAR Influential Analyst Of The Year 2018

The winner is: Pat Sullivan / Gartner (LinkedIn)

And congratulations to Donald Feinberg (LinkedIn@Brazingo) and Lydia Leong (LinkedIn@cloudpundit) both also from Gartner.

 

IIAR Innovative Analyst Of The Year 2018

The winner is: …in fact the ‘winners are’ in a dead heat:

Bravo indeed to each of Tim Jennings / Ovum (Tim Jennings@tjennings), Ray Wang / Constellation (LinkedIn@rwang0) and Owen Rogers / 451 (LinkedIn@owenrog) who were joint first in this new category.

 

And the overall winner of the IIAR Analyst of the Year 2018

The winner is: Margaret Adam / IDC (Margaret Adam@madam_idc).

Read her IIAR Around In 10 Questions interview.

And congratulations to Gilbert van der Heiden / Gartner (LinkedIn) and Liz Herbert / Forrester (LinkedIn@lizherbert) who were runners up in the category.

 

Finally, we can announce the IIAR Analyst Firm Of The Year 2018

The winner is: Gartner (related blog posts@Gartner_inc)

And congratulations to the following firms who represented the rest of the IIAR community’s top five:

In second place, IDC (blog posts, @IDC)

Third comes Forrester (blog posts, @forrester)

In fourth position we have 451 Research (blog posts, @451Research)

And fifth but not least, Ovum (blog posts,@Ovum)

 

So bravo to everyone who won and to the runners up – and thanks to the IIAR community for your time in voting. We look forward to another highly engaged year in 2019. Until then have a great Christmas and festive season.

 

By the IIAR Awards Committee

 

Previous IIAR Analysts and Firms Of The Year

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We know if you’ve been good or bad. http://analystrelations.org/2018/11/28/we-know-if-youve-been-good-or-bad/ http://analystrelations.org/2018/11/28/we-know-if-youve-been-good-or-bad/#respond Wed, 28 Nov 2018 14:44:19 +0000 http://analystrelations.org/?p=260238 You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout… even if you don’t win an award at the IIAR Analyst of the Year 2018 awards.

Votes have been cast, opinions shared and the winners are emerging from the data. As you read this, the data is being crunched to identify the winners in the IIAR Analyst of the Year Awards for 2018. But if you want to find out which analysts and firms are scooping the big prizes, you’ll have to join us for the IIAR Christmas Party.

Yes next week sees the much-loved IIAR Christmas Party taking place in Central London, for a night of drinks, nibbles and celebrations of a year well-spent. In addition you’ll have ample opportunity to swap notes with the best of your peers and share a beverage with the crème de la crème of the analyst world.

Over the course of the evening we’ll announce the following much loved categories:

  • IIAR Analyst Of The Year 2018
  • IIAR Analyst Firm Of The Year 2018
  • IIAR New Entrant Of The Year 2018
  • IIAR Client Partner Of The Year 2018

But hold the press! We’ll also be adding two new categories into the mix, based on the picture that emerged from the votes of our members:

  • IIAR Influential Analyst Of The Year 2018
  • IIAR Innovative Analyst Of The Year 2018

So many thanks to the sponsorship of HCL technologies for their support in funding the event. It’s set to be a cracker (!). To find out more information and secure tickets, then please head to the event page here.

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Around Margaret Adam from IDC in 10 Questions http://analystrelations.org/2018/02/16/around-margaret-adam-from-idc-in-10-questions/ http://analystrelations.org/2018/02/16/around-margaret-adam-from-idc-in-10-questions/#comments Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:56:43 +0000 http://analystrelations.org/?p=224560 Margaret Adam / IDC for the IIAR around in 10 questions

This week, we’re delighted to present you some insights from the just promoted Margaret Adam / IDC (@madam_idc, LinkedIn, blog) with our world famous ten questions.

 

  1. What are your coverage areas?
    Officially, European Channels and Alliances, more broadly this really looks at all kinds of go-to-market and partnering relationships from traditional channel (distie, VAR, SI, MSP, ISV, etc) to new routes to market (marketplaces and cloud service brokerages) to non-traditional partners (start-ups, strategy consulting, industry cloud, digital agencies etc). Essentially, I look at routes to market and advise our customers on the optimum route to market in Europe both in the short term and longer term.
  2. What are your opinions of the IT Analysis Marketplace and where do you see it going?
    Granted I’m biased, but I do see industry analysts playing a critical role in the industry, with such a broad view of the market, good analysts are able to spot the gaps (and even join the dots) between clients and what the industry offers them. In saying that, the skills profile and output has changed, I’ve been an analyst for about 11 years, but in that time, I’ve seen all aspects of the role evolve, and I’ve had to evolve my skills profile along with that.  It has become less about long, research-heavy reports and more about crystallising key messages – i.e. a very succinct, informed opinion (with the research credibility to back this as needed), I’ve had to learn how to do this on social, video /TV (which is a completely different skill set).  The pace is relentless too, with so much industry change, increasingly my role is more about storytelling and hypothesising now than putting a line in the sand, saying “this is what will happen”.  It’s fun but challenging and I think that pressure to build an informed opinion quickly will continue to put more traditional analyst roles under pressure.  In a nutshell, it’s far less about the past, but more about making a calculated guess about the future – and it all changes so quickly!
      
  3. What’s your typical day like?
    Lots and lots of conference calls and inquiries. I mean a lot.  But in all honesty, one thing I love about my job, is that I am never bored.  We do such diverse activities, research, writing, presenting, workshops, building predictions, consulting, advising and now increasingly shooting videos (!)–  it is never dull and always mentally stimulating.  I don’t know of any other job that offers that kind of diversity.
  4. Now, c’mon, tell me an AR horror story?
    After flying 12 hours, and contending with West Coast jet lag, attending an analyst event, where every single one of the execs scheduled for our one-on-ones were either late, no shows, or cancelled. I ended up with a whole lot of random meetings with people just because they were there, and neither party benefited (and it was like being on a series of awkward first dates!).  This kind of thing does happen, particularly at big customer events, and I realise its never really the AR’s fault, but I guess part of being a good AR, is being able to sell the value of analyst relations internally to the executives.  In this particular example, it was obvious that wasn’t the case.
  5. Any favourite AR professional you’d like to mention? Any why?
    There are many great AR professionals, but Signe Loenberg deserves a call out. She has always had a handle on my areas of coverage, connects me to the right people, and, is a really lovely person to just chat to.  Others that stand out are Anna Loftin (Dell), Michael Rennett (Red Hat), Antonella Crimini (Equinix) and Adele Breen (Hotwire).  I know I’ve missed a few (sorry!) but those some who’ve made a real impact.
  6. Tell us about one good AR practice you’ve experienced or one good AR event you’ve atttended.
    This ties in to my horror story, but best practice for me for big events is to communicate upfront (and in advance) as to who it is we will likely be meeting. I’ve had all too many experiences of flying across the world, to not get the meetings I had hoped for and worse, to not have viable alternatives lined up. I know it is challenging to arrange these one-on-ones, but they are the main reason we attend WW events.   Good AR folk will ask us as to what kinds of execs, partners and customers we would like to meet in advance, and line up a plan B list in case first choice isn’t available.
  7. What are your offerings and key deliverables? 
    I run a research program (subscription) which is essentially a report and research series on all things channel, alliance and partnering in Europe. Customers to that service also have unlimited inquiry.  On top of that, we do a lot of channel-related consulting and advisory – notably around go-to-market strategy, partner prioritization, partner program best practice and partner enablement – but the mix can be pretty diverse as I mentioned before.
  8. Any hobbies or favourite restaurant / food that you’d like to share?
    I’m a big walker, love walking the streets and parks of London with my faithful doggie by my side and whenever I travel (which is frequently) I like to build in time for a run and/or a walk (time permitting) to get to know a city on foot.
  9. What is your biggest challenges for the upcoming 6 months? And for the next 30 mn?
    Never enough of it!  Otherwise, the ongoing challenge of trying to stay ahead of the direction the industry is moving and ensuring our analysis is valuable, insightful and actionable.
  10. Is there another analyst whose work  you rate highly?
    Yes, my boss, Phil Carter. He is without a doubt, one of the best blue-sky thinkers I’ve encountered in my analyst career, but essentially grounded and pragmatic too – a mix that is hard to find and very stimulating to work with.

Updated 5/12/18

Margaret was the IIAR Analyst Of The Year 2018.

 

Other IIAR Around in 10 Questions interviews

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The IIAR Tragic Quadrant for 2017 http://analystrelations.org/2017/02/24/the-iiar-tragic-quadrant-for-2017/ http://analystrelations.org/2017/02/24/the-iiar-tragic-quadrant-for-2017/#comments Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:49:40 +0000 http://analystrelations.org/?p=155166 Two years ago, in 2015, we produced the first IIAR Tragic Quadrant. It was met with much enthusiasm and comment, thus we have decided to repeat the exercise once again this year. Below we present the Tragic Quadrant for 2017. The Tragic Quadrant is compiled from data collected as part of the 2016 IIAR Analyst of the Year Survey, where, annually, we invite analyst relations professionals to rate individual industry analyst and the firms they work for. This year more than 100 different individual organisations responded to our survey. We were interested to see if we could do further analysis on the data that was collected.

In producing the Tragic Quadrant what we sought to do was to rank analyst firms according to three criteria. We chose these criteria because this is what the IIAR survey asks respondents to assess:

  • Impact: The Y axis depicts the ‘Impact’ of the industry analyst firm on the purchase decision. This also relates to their perceived credibility and capability to provide an objective opinion.
  • Relevance: The X axis marks their ‘Relevance’ for the purchase decision. This means their capability to cover the market and their specific geographical allocation. It also includes public recognition of their presence in the market (e.g. as an expert).
  • Interaction: The size of the bubble is ‘Interaction’. This relates to issues of communication (e.g. how easy is it to get to them and to talk to them).

The IIAR Tragic Quadrant 2017 featuring Gartner, IDC, Forrester, 451, Ovum, ESG, Machina, Crisp, Constellation, HfS

IIAR Tragic Quadrant 2017

We are able to represent the top 10 industry analyst firms according to this new analysis. Gartner is “up and to the right”, which means that it leads in terms of impacting purchase decisions and relevance (e.g. their analysts know their stuff).

However, the small size of its bubble indicates that analyst relations professionals think Gartner is amongst the hardest of analyst firms to do business with out of all the analyst firms represented. Close behind is Forrester and IDC. The size of IDC’s bubble merits attention, as it was reported to be “one of the most flexible firms” to deal with, to use the words of one of our respondents. All three firms more or less maintain the same ordinal position in the top right quadrant as last time (see the Tragic Quadrant for 2015 below).

Other notable developments is HfS which has improved its ‘relevance from the previous Tragic Quadrant but it is perceived to be slightly less impactful by analyst professionals. Ovum and 451 Research maintain more or less the same position with regard to the ‘Big 3’, but 451 has overtaken Ovum in terms of relevance, whilst Ovum has made a dramatic improvement in terms of ease of interaction. Constellation remains more or less in the same position as last time. New entrants this year into the Tragic Quadrant include Machina and Crisp Research, with the former, by some degree, perceived as the most flexible of analyst firms to work with by analyst relations professionals.

IIAR Tragic Quadrant for 2015

The IIAR Tragic Quadrant 2015 featuring Gartner, IDC, Forrester, Ovum, HfS, Constellation, 451 Research, Celent, Pac, ESG, Digital Clarity Group, Ventana, SMB Group

For those who have not come across the Tragic Quadrant before, it gets its name from the infamous GartnerMagic Quadrant’ of course. We see it as a kind of ‘Magic Quadrant of Magic Quadrant’. We are not claiming that it is the results of an exhaustive study. Nor do we pretend that the Tragic Quadrant is a completely serious piece of research. (There is a clue in the title “Tragic”). Nonetheless, we do think the data collected – and note, that we now have Analyst of the Year surveys stretching back several years – throw some interesting light both (a) onto the changing nature of the industry analyst landscape and (b) how analyst relations professionals view the analyst ecology. It is demonstrating that in engaging with analyst firms IT vendors are balancing the requirements for these firms to have ‘impact’, ‘relevance’ and to be ‘easy to work with’.

Analyst relations professionals could therefore use a tool like this to look at their target audience engagement strategies. It would encourage them to balance ‘ease to do business with’ against ‘relevance’ and ‘impact’. To say the same thing in different words, they shouldn’t brief analysts just because they’re easy to deal with. Or, conversely, they should approach those analysts which are less of a pain depending on the type of impact the AR professional is looking to achieve (see the AR SOSM model).

Analyst firms might also use this tool to monitor the ‘transactional tax’ that they impose on analyst relations professionals. If they raise the ‘interaction barrier’ too high (e.g. make it too difficult for analyst relations professionals to interact with them) while not providing sufficient coverage and showing impact, this could affect their vendor information source. They may be left with only a partial view of the market (raising exhaustivity and fairness issues). Finally, their vendor revenues might suffer too.

 

By Fabio Rocha (LinkedIn), Ludovic Leforestier (LinkedIn@lludovic), Neil Pollock (LinkedIn@neilpollock).

 

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IIAR Webinar: Tragic Quadrant http://analystrelations.org/2017/02/14/iiar-webinar-tragic-quadrant/ http://analystrelations.org/2017/02/14/iiar-webinar-tragic-quadrant/#respond Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:12:23 +0000 http://analystrelations.org/?p=145804 The webinar will be presented by IIAR board members Neil Pollock, (LinkedIN@neilpollock) and Ludovic Leforestier, (LinkedIn,@lludovic ). In the first part we will reflect on insights from the recent IIAR analyst of the year survey, by comparing this year’s survey with the previous analyst of the year survey’s, to reflect on what a longitudinal lens tells us about the changing nature of industry analyst firms and individual analysts. The second part of the webinar will present the IIAR ‘Tragic Quadrant’, which is our tongue-in-cheek take on the changing analyst landscape.
When we set out to do the IIAR Analyst of the Year survey, we always had envisioned doing a Magic Quadrant of analyst firms. This year the survey provided us with further information which we have been able to breakdown and analyse to provide a more detailed understanding of how analyst relations professionals perceive the relevance, impact and reachability of industry analyst firms. This is by no means an exhaustive study. Rather it simply opens a new (slightly cheeky – hence the notion of “Tragic Quadrant”) window onto the analyst landscape, where we attempt to rank industry analyst firms by impact, relevance and ease to do business with. Time permitting, the session will also reflect on some of the findings from this and previous year IIAR surveys.

Date: Friday 24th February 2017
Time: 1600 GMT/ 1700 CET/ 0800 PDT/ 1100 EST

Non IIAR members wishing to attend should contact the IIAR community manager: mashton at   analystrelations  dot org

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Winners announced: IIAR Analyst of the Year 2016 http://analystrelations.org/2016/12/06/winners-announced-iiar-analyst-of-the-year-2016/ http://analystrelations.org/2016/12/06/winners-announced-iiar-analyst-of-the-year-2016/#comments Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:30:25 +0000 http://analystrelations.org/?p=141292 The IIAR is delighted to announce the winners of this year’s

IIAR Analyst of the Year 2016 and IIAR Analyst Firm of the Year 2016

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AND THE WINNERS ARE…

Keep reading below for the IIAR Analyst of Year 2016, IIAR Global Analyst Firm of Year 2016, IIAR Independent Analyst of the Year 2016 and the best new entrants

Analyst relations pros voted for over 170 different individual analysts. Having run the survey over several years, it was striking to see the amount of new analysts that figured this year as compared to previous ones. This goes to show the dynamic nature of this space. There are now hundreds of so-called ‘upstarts’ firms, analysts continue to move between firms, and new analysts enter into the picture.

The analysts were rated along a wide range of criteria that included: i) their knowledge of the domain, whether their research gives actionable advice, is their writing novel and thought provoking etc; through to ii) questions about their impact on technology adoption decisions; and iii) whether the particular analyst was easy and flexible to work with from an analyst relations point of view.

Unlike last year, where the vote was a close run thing, this time around there is a clear winner. One analyst stood “head and shoulders” above his peers with respect to how he was viewed by analyst relations pros.

The IIAR analyst of the year 2016 is Phil Fersht from HfS Research (LinkedIn@pfersht). Phil was runner up in the award last year, behind Julie Short of Gartner. This is a hat-trick for Phil as was he was also a previous winner of the award in 2010 and 2011. Congratulations once again to Phil. He is obviously doing something right!

The winner of the analyst of the year was nominated for the following reasons:

“Thought leader…say no more”.

“He is head and shoulders above all industry analysts as an influencer in the market and gives great unvarnished advise to our senior leadership”‘.

“Phil is very approachable and his advice brings in a different dimension to our thinking towards our strategy and business”

Phil Fersht

The runners up this year were Julie Short (LinkedIn@JulieDShort) from Gartner and Doug Cahill (LinkedIn, @dougcahill) from Enterprise Strategy Group. Whilst Julie was winner of the award last year, this is the first time that Doug has featured on our winners dais. Congratulations on their second and third places. Here are some reason why they received so many votes:

Julie is “driven, smart and easy to work with”.

Doug has “strong ability to distill and interpret complex concepts into key takeaways and actionable guidance – whether that is to end users or vendor clients”.

Following close, and unlucky not to be included in the final shortlist of three, were a large group of highly rated analysts. This included Chris Pang, Gard Little, Liz Herbert, Barbra McGann, Andrew Butler, Andy Mulholland, Mark Grannan and Ray Wang.

 

Global and Independent Analyst firms of the year were run using the same format based on 15 criteria, but in separate categories to allow for more equitable comparisons between the larger and smaller firms. The industry analyst market is segmented in terms of role and by size.

IIAR Global Analyst Firm of The Year

The IIAR Global Analyst Firm of the Year 2016 is Gartner.

The runner ups are Forrester and IDC.

This year again, Gartner was the clear category leader, followed by Forrester, IDC and Ovum. Forrester managed to reverse its position from last year where IDC came out in front. Special mention should be made of Ovum who continue to close the gap on the firms in front of it.

Here are just some of the comments we received about Gartner:

“I like how quickly and aggressively Gartner has grown out their marketing practice over the past 3 years”. 

“Gartner is premium priced, but delivers business value. Gartner has the broadest and deepest coverage of end-to-end data management. At least with the analysts I deal with on an ongoing basis, the analysts are client service focused and check their egos at the door”. 

“Gartner is the leading analyst firm by far, and their new recruited analysts are eager to learn. Great account team!!!”.

Here is a selection of comments about our runners up:

Forrester:

“Their account management exceeds the competition, and they make a true effort for us as a client to feel we are getting a full value from our investment”.

“Great group of analysts, Sales teams, and management. Fair pricing considering the competition above them…”.

IDC:

“Regional and WW a great firm to get data on markets and products, very useful to build GTM plans and activities. Nice people!!”.

“What I enjoy about IDC is that their analysts are very approachable (they are not as formal as say Gartner), they are covering more and more of what we do, they publish a lot of Marketscapes which is difficult in terms of time commitment and resources but when the end result is positive its a good outcome/visibility for the firm, the analysts are good at writing ad hoc pieces (IDC Links) and working with them for PR or marketing purposes is easy”. 

“This is the ONLY global analyst/research firm that focuses on manufacturing and related technology on a truly global basis”.

 

IIAR Independent Analyst Firm of The Year

The Independent Analyst Firm of the Year 2016 is HfS

The runner ups for this year are and ESG and Constellation Research.

In the Independent Analyst Firm of the Year category, HFS emerged as the clear winner, with ESG and Constellation fighting it out for second and third respectively. 451 Research and RedMonk also scored well.

Respondents described how HfS were:

“Thought leaders, flexible and very fast to see the latest trends”.

“Great firm, and growing global influence. Still needs to catch the Big 2”.

“HfS analysts are very easy to approach. Their content is easy to understand and use. They are very flexible in their deliverable usage”.

 

IIAR New Firm of The Year

Best New Entrant

In this category, our respondents were asked to identify a number of promising and potentially disruptive new firms. A wide range of new firms were mentioned. This shows that there is not one ‘market’ for industry analyst research but diverse markets with theses smaller firms able to cater for specialized products, technical fields and industrial settings. Here we list some of the firms in order of the votes they received: Moor Insights and Strategy, Aite GroupMachina Research, Current Analysis, IHS, ABI Research, Aptitude Research Partners, Celent and Creative Strategies.

 

About this survey

The data was collected and analysed by Fabio Rocha (LinkedIn) and Neil Pollock (LinkedIn, @neilpollock). Fabio is a seasoned executive with more than 20 years of enterprise sales, marketing and business development experience in IT software and services. He is currently completing a PhD at the University of Edinburgh Business School. Neil is a member of the IIAR board. In his day job he is Professor of Innovation at the University of Edinburgh Business School. He has recently published How Industry Analyst Shape the Digital Future. A more detailed analysis of the findings will be posted in due course, including of course a new version of the IIAR Tragic Quadrant. Finally, Ludovic Leforestier (@lludovicLinkedIn) oversaw the development of the survey and has been behind its continued improvement over several years following the original version by Jonny Bentwood  (LinkedIn@jonnybentwood).

 

Past winners

The IIAR Analyst of The Year has been running since 2008, see below the past winners.

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Who will be the IIAR Analyst of the Year 2016? http://analystrelations.org/2016/12/05/whos-the-iiar-analyst-of-the-year-2016/ http://analystrelations.org/2016/12/05/whos-the-iiar-analyst-of-the-year-2016/#respond Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:45:58 +0000 http://analystrelations.org/?p=141289 The IIAR mainframe has been humming once again… and the IIAR Analyst of the Year 2016 winners will be announced tomorrow (6th December 2016) at the IIAR Christmas Party in London. Last year’s vote was a close run thing, with a number of analysts fighting it out. Our winner Julie Short  (LinkedIn@JulieDShort) at Gartner just pipped several other strong contenders. This year, however, analyst relations pros have voted for a clear winner. One analyst seemingly stands out amongst all others. 2016 has been a year for revolutions. This result also promises to upset the apple cart!

Stay tuned…

 

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Past winners

The IIAR Analyst of The Year has been running since 2008, see below the past winners.

 

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Around Dan Bieler from Forrester in 10 questions http://analystrelations.org/2016/02/16/around-dan-bieler-from-forrester-in-10-questions-2/ http://analystrelations.org/2016/02/16/around-dan-bieler-from-forrester-in-10-questions-2/#respond Tue, 16 Feb 2016 12:36:16 +0000 http://analystrelations.org/?p=101535 16zu9 Dan Bieler, Forrester ResearchToday we ask our probing questions of Dan Bieler from Forrester. Dan (Linkedin@DSBieler) was runner up in this years IIAR Analyst of the Year for 2015 as voted by analyst relations professionals

 

1. What are your coverage areas?

Key focus areas include customer engagement strategies, the mobile mind shift, and digital transformation.

2. What’s your typical day like?

When not travelling: jogging, report writing, customer calls; but a lot of travelling.

3. Now, c’mon, tell me an AR horror story?

AR team performing as PR machine of vendor without any willingness for a two-way interaction.

4. How do you position your firm?

Selling syndicated research and consulting/advisory; end-users account for a large part of the business in addition to vendors.

5. What is your research methodology?  

 Primary, followed up by phone-based interviews, at times F2F discussions.

6. Any favourite AR professional you’d like to mention? 

Yvonne Kaupp. Professional, good listener and communicator, very good at preparing briefings, workshops etc.

7. Tell us about one good AR practice you’ve experienced or one good AR event you’ve attended?

Listening to contrarian opinions and investigating how/why these opinions were shaped/arrived at.

8. What are your offerings and key deliverables? 

Reports, blogs, tweets, presentations, workshops, consulting projects.

 

Recent ‘IIAR Around in 10 questions’ posts

 

More posts mentioning Dan

 

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Around Errol Rasit from Gartner in 10 Questions http://analystrelations.org/2016/02/10/around-errol-rasit-from-gartner-in-10-questions/ http://analystrelations.org/2016/02/10/around-errol-rasit-from-gartner-in-10-questions/#respond Wed, 10 Feb 2016 10:10:29 +0000 http://analystrelations.org/?p=102065 Today we ask our probing questions of Errol Rasit from Gartner. Errol (Linkedin@ErrolRasit) was runner up in this years IIAR Analyst of the Year for 2015 as voted by analyst relations professionals.

1. What are your coverage areas?Errol Rasit / Gartner for the IIAR Around 10 Questions series

I typically describe my coverage as all things in the data center that you can kick, not that I would advise it. Percussive maintenance is not a first option! This translates to servers, storage, integrated systems, Hyperconvergence, and a special interest in in-memory computing. I also run a global team of analyst who specialize in Data Center Infrastructure technologies. We focus on both technology provider and end-user advice.

2. What are your opinions of the IT Analysis Marketplace?

I think the future looks good for IT analysis. Well, specifically advisory – representing the market we are in. As IT becomes more pervasive, and enabling, the breadth of people who require advisory services will increase. From an enterprise perspective, IT is much more accessible, and user-friendly today than it has ever been, and that trend will only continue. But the demand on IT organizations, whether centralized or distributed will grow, as IT becomes more integrated into the business. Today, I don’t know many CIOs who say they’ve got no IT problems. I think every expert group can benefit from expert advice today and in the future.

3. What’s your typical day like?

It starts quite early to catch our Asia Pacific (AP) clients, or my team members in AP. Usually a 7 am start, perhaps 6 if I want to catch Australia, or New Zealand at a decent hour. Throughout the day, a mixture of client calls, internal meetings – all of which are via video, so there’s a definite need for a shower and a shave at some point! Typically the working day flows into the evening seamlessly to catch our East Cost and West Coast clients and my team members that are based there. And sometimes very late evening calls to catch Australia and New Zealand in the AM! This is typical when I’m not travelling to see clients or present at our global events. It’s a fairly demanding day, but I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t love it.

4. Now, c’mon, tell me an AR horror story?

I’m not sure it qualifies as an AR horror story, but AR were certainly present when it occurred. At one vendor event, I noticed at breakfast I was getting a few funny looks as I sat and drank my coffee. I realized I was dressed exactly like the wait staff in that hotel (or they were dressed like me). This culminated later in the day in someone approaching me to place a coffee order whilst I was walking through the terrace.

5. How do you position your firm? 

Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company. The company delivers the technology-related insight necessary for its clients to make the right decisions, every day. From CIOs and senior IT leaders in corporations and government agencies, to business leaders in high-tech and telecom enterprises and professional services firms, to technology investors, Gartner is the valuable partner to clients in approximately 10,000 distinct enterprises worldwide. Through the resources of Gartner Research, Gartner Executive Programs, Gartner Consulting and Gartner Events, Gartner works with every client to research, analyze and interpret the business of IT within the context of their individual role. Founded in 1979, Gartner is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, USA, and has 7,100 associates, including more than 1,500 research analysts and consultants, and clients in 90 countries. 

6. What is your research methodology?

My personal methodology is mulit-mode – it has to be. Objectivity is key. Research is the job title, research is my mode of operation. My main source of insight is definitely from speaking to our end-user clients.

7. Any favourite AR professional you’d like to mention? 

I don’t think I could – I have so many favourites, it would be impossible, and futile to try and rank them. I would consider a dozen or more among the best in my humble opinion. When I think of these professionals, they are expert in helping me do my job and facilitating key insight. But more than that they are fantastic people to work with, and to socialize with – which is a very key point.

8. Tell us about one good AR practice you’ve experienced or one good AR event you’ve atttended.

Again there would be too many to list here. My favorite practice is pro-activeness – I don’t know what I don’t know, and there are many professionals that know me, and my research and will prioritize key insight via key contacts, without me needing to ask, or in some cases having thought of it.

9. What are your offerings and key deliverables? 

Through the resources of Gartner Research, Gartner Executive Programs, Gartner Consulting and Gartner Events, Gartner works with every client to research, analyze and interpret the business of IT within the context of their individual role. Founded in 1979, Gartner is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, USA, and has 7,100 associates, including more than 1,500 research analysts and consultants, and clients in 90 countries.

10. Any hobbies or favourite restaurant/food that you’d like to share?

I don’t get too much time for hobbies, I certainly have been kicked off a few sports teams for not turning up enough due to travel and evening calls. But I like to run, swim and bike from a sports perspective (I’ve learnt to align to non-team sports). I also like to collect antiquities – you will see a 100 year old type-writer in the background of my home office video link! More importantly, food! I like to get around as many Texas/Carolina BBQ restaurants in London and sniff out (and drink) craft beers. But my favourite pastime is to spend time with my wife searching out and ranking our favourite hard to find, through scarcity or quality, food dishes in London. At the moment, we’re scouting as many Thai restaurants to get the best phad thai in London. Last challenge was to find the best Dan Dan Noodle!

11. What is your biggest challenges for the upcoming 6 months? And for the next 30 mn?

The next six months’ biggest challenge will be to keep my travel in check, and to keep on top of my research goals. For the next 30 minutes, try not to be distracted by googling more thai restaurants to try – I’m hungry now!

 12. Is there another analyst whose work  you rate highly?

All of those I have the pleasure of working with closely. It’s a fantastic industry.

 

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Winners announced: IIAR Analyst of the Year 2015 http://analystrelations.org/2015/12/01/whos-the-iiar-analyst-of-the-year-2015/ http://analystrelations.org/2015/12/01/whos-the-iiar-analyst-of-the-year-2015/#comments Tue, 01 Dec 2015 19:00:27 +0000 http://analystrelations.org/?p=100834 The IIAR is delighted to announce the winners of this year’s

IIAR Analyst of the Year 2015 and IIAR Analyst Firm of the Year 2015

IIAR Analyst of the Year

AND THE WINNERS ARE…

Keep reading below for the IIAR Analyst of Year 2015, IIAR Global Analyst Firm of Year 2015, IIAR Independent Analyst of the Year 2015 and the best new entrants.

The IIAR analyst of the year 2015 was a close run thing this year round. Unlike previous years there was a lot more variety in the numbers and kinds of analysts chosen. Analyst relations professionals voted for over 150 different individual analysts, rating them along a wide range of criteria that included: their knowledge of the domain, does their research give actionable advice, is it novel and thought provoking etc; through to questions about their impact on technology adoption; and whether they were easy and flexible to work with from an analyst relations point of view.

Congratulations to the IIAR Analyst of the Year is  Julie Short at Gartner (LinkedIn, @JulieDShort). This is the first year in which Julie has won the award and we would like to extend our congratulations to her on behalf of the IIAR. Reasons AR pros gave for Julie’s nomination include:

“Got to grips really quickly with the consulting market, one that’s very fragmented and hard to analyse”.

“Julie is forging new ground for traditional tech analysts in the business consulting space – she is pushing understanding and definitions!”

“Julie has taken on and evolved a coverage area – Business Consulting – that is still nascent at Gartner and has created rigour and a clear definition for the topic with her colleagues internally in particular.”

The runner ups this year were Ray Wang / Constellation Research (LinkedIn, @rwang0) and Phil Fersht at HfS Research (LinkedIn@pfersht).

Both Ray Wang and Phil Fersht are past winners of this award (see links below). Congratulations on their 2nd and 3rd places. Here are some reason why they received votes:

“Constellation has shaken up the AR market the 4 years they’ve been on the scene. There approach to research and influencing the market is novel and refreshing and they are the most approachable firm with the most approachable analysts in the business”.

Talking about Phil Fersht: “Thought provoking, very honest and knowledgeable. One of the very best writers around. And his engagement in discussions in social media/blog is unparalleled”.

“I do not understand how Phil is so prolific and insightful simultaneously. But he is”.

Following close, and unlucky not to be included in the final shortlist of 3 were a large group of highly rated analysts. This included: Dan Bieler / Forrester, Errol Rasit / Gartner), Gianluca Tramacere / Gartner, Kevin McPartland / Greenwich Associates, Marc Cecere / Forrester, Neil MacDonald /Gartner and Zeus Kerravala / ZK Research.

 

Global and Independent Analyst firms of the year were run using the same format based on 15 criteria, but in separate categories to allow for more equitable comparisons between the smaller firms.

IIAR Global Analyst Firm of The Year

 

The IIAR Global Analyst Firm of the Year 2015 is Gartner.

The runner ups are IDC and Forrester.

This year again, Gartner was the clear category leader, followed by IDC and Forrester. Interestingly, other firms like Constellation, 451 Research and HfS are beginning to make a showing in this category. Here are just some of the comments we received about Gartner:

“The only analyst firm that really makes a difference”.

“Premium priced, but worth it for the breadth, depth, and quality of research and advice. The most influential firm with the greatest impact on enterprise sales deals – no other firm even close”.

Here is a selection of comments about our runners up:

Talking about IDC “Trusted advisor for our company and is considered one of the TOP TIER firms”. “They are the most global”. “Very easy to work with these folks – they are great!”.

“Forrester’s recent financial woes belie the quality of its research and thought leadership in several topics – especially customer experience, mobile, privacy, security, and digital transformation”.

 

IIAR Independent Analyst Firm of the year

The Independent Analyst Firm of the Year 2015 is Constellation Research.

The runner ups for this year are HfS and ESG.

In the Independent Analyst Firm of the Year category, Constellation emerged as the clear winner, with Hfs and ESG fighting it out for second and third respectively. CCS Insight, Digital Clarity Group, Forrester and PAC all scored well also. One respondent described how:

“Constellation has shaken up the AR market the 4 years they’ve been on the scene. There approach to research and influencing the market is novel and refreshing and they are the most approachable firm with the most approachable analysts in the business”.

As for our runners up:

“While they have been around for some time, HFS has a whole new team that is highly business focused, looking to generate new technology research, offers freemium access”.

 IIAR New Firm of The Year

Best New Entrant

In this category, our respondents were asked to identify a number of promising and potentially disruptive new firms. Here we list them (in no particular order): TECHnalysis Research, Securosis, KeyInterval Research, Aptitude Research Partners, SCM World, Machina Research, G2 Crowd, Aragon Research, Blue Hill Research, Subscription Insider, Gigaom Research.

 

About this survey

The data was collected and analysed by Neil Pollock. Neil is co-lead (with Aniruddho Mukherjee) of the UK Chapter of the IIAR. In his day job he is Professor of Innovation at the University of Edinburgh Business School. He has been researching industry analysts for several years. If you require further information about the survey he can be contacted on npollock@analystrelations.org. A more detailed analysis of the findings will be posted in due course, including of course a new version of the IIAR Tragic Quadrant.

 

Past winners

The IIAR Analyst of The Year has been running since 2008, see below the past winners.

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Who’s the IIAR Analyst of the Year 2015? http://analystrelations.org/2015/12/01/whos-the-iiar-analyst-of-the-year-2015-2/ http://analystrelations.org/2015/12/01/whos-the-iiar-analyst-of-the-year-2015-2/#respond Tue, 01 Dec 2015 00:37:13 +0000 http://analystrelations.org/?p=100853 The IIAR mainframe has been humming… and the winners will be announced tomorrow ( 1st December 2015) at the IIAR Christmas Party in London.

Stay tuned…

AOTY

Past winners

The IIAR Analyst of The Year has been running since 2008, see below the past winners.

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The IIAR “Tragic Quadrant” http://analystrelations.org/2015/06/08/the-iiar-tragic-quadrant/ http://analystrelations.org/2015/06/08/the-iiar-tragic-quadrant/#comments Mon, 08 Jun 2015 15:16:20 +0000 http://analystrelations.org/?p=97150 Last year, as part of the 2014 IIAR Analyst of The Year Survey, we invited analyst relations professionals to rate their favourite industry analyst individuals and the firms they worked for. More than 60 individual organisations responded to our survey. We were interested to see if we could do further analysis on the data that was collected.

When we set out to do the IIAR Analyst of the Year (with Helen Chantry), we always had envisioned doing a Magic Quadrant of analyst firms. This year the survey provided us with further information which we have been able to breakdown and analyse to provide a more detailed understanding of how analyst relations professionals perceive the relevance, impact and reachability of industry analyst firms. We are not claiming that this is an exhaustive study. Rather it simply opens a new (slightly cheeky – hence the notion of “Tragic Quadrant”) window onto the analyst landscape, where we attempt to rank industry analyst firms by impact, relevance and ease to do business with.

The IIAR survey asked respondents to assess individual industry analysts on a range of issues broadly grouped according to the following criteria:

  • ‘Impact’ (to what extent does the industry analyst impact the technology purchase decision);
  • ‘Relevance’ (is the particular industry analyst relevant to the technology purchase decision, do they understand the marketplace);
  • ‘Interaction’ (how easy is the industry analyst to reach and to interact with).

We are able to represent the top 13 industry analyst firms according to this new analysis. We have produced three Tragic Quadrants according to i) overall industry analyst firms, ii) global industry analyst firms, and finally iii) independent industry analyst firms.

  • The Y axis depicts the ‘Impact’ of the industry analyst firm on the purchase decision. This also relates to their perceived credibility and capability to provide an objective opinion.
  • The X axis marks their ‘Relevance’ for the purchase decision. This means their capability to cover the market and their specific geographical allocation. It also includes public recognition of their presence in the market (e.g. as an expert).
  • The size of the bubble is ‘Interaction’. This relates to issues of communication (e.g. how easy is it to get to them and to talk to them).

Overall Industry Analyst Firms Quadrant

The IIAR Tragic Quadrant 2015 (Overall) featuring Gartner, IDC, Forrester, Ovum, HfS, Constellation, 451 Research, Celent, Pac, ESG, Digital Clarity Group, Ventana, SMB Group

The IIAR Tragic Quadrant 2015 (overall) featuring Gartner, IDC, Forrester, Ovum, HfS, Constellation, 451 Research, Celent, Pac, ESG, Digital Clarity Group, Ventana, SMB Group

In terms of the Overall Industry Analyst Firm Quadrant, Gartner, Forrester and IDC came out ahead of rivals. In terms of their specific ranking according to our analysis, Gartner is 1st, Forrester 2nd, and IDC 3rd. Gartner is higher on impact and relevance than its immediate rivals, but did less well in terms of interaction. IDC by contrast scores someway ahead of Gartner in terms of interaction but is perceived to be slightly less impactful and relevant. By contrast, although some way behind the leaders in terms of impact and relevance, Digital Clarity Group, Ventana and SMB Group did particularly well on interaction.

Global Industry Analyst Firms Quadrant

2015 IIAR Tragic Quadrant - Global Firms featuring Gartner, Forrester, IDC, HfS Research, Ovum, 451 Research

2015 IIAR Tragic Quadrant – Global Firms featuring Gartner, Forrester, IDC, HfS Research, Ovum, 451 Research

In terms of the Global Industry Analyst Firms Quadrant, Gartner stood out as 1st. This was followed by, in 2nd place, Forrester, and IDC in 3rd place. As mentioned above, Gartner were successful with high levels of relevance but performed less well on interaction. IDC performed particularly well on impact and interaction. In terms of the other firms, HfS performed well across all three categories but scored particularly well on impact. 451 Research and Ovum did well based on interaction.

Independent Industry Analyst Firms Quadrant

2015 IIAR Tragic Quadrant - Independent analyst firms featuring Constellation, HfS Research, Ventana, SMB Group

2015 IIAR Tragic Quadrant – Independent analyst firms featuring Constellation, HfS Research, Ventana, SMB Group

In terms of the Independent Industry Analyst Firms Quadrant, Constellation were in 1st place, HfS in 2nd place, followed by SMB Group in 3rd place and Ventana in 4th. Constellation scored particularly well on impact, whilst HfS performed well on impact and interaction but less well on relevance. SMB Group scored highly in terms of interaction. Ventana did well in terms of impact but slightly lower in terms of interaction.

In case you were wondering the Tragic Quadrant is by no mean meant to be a normative or scientific depiction of the industry analysis industry. It offers but one window onto this world that was partially inspired by Juvenal’s ancient dictum Quis custodiet ipsos custodies? (which, roughly translated, is who assesses the assessors? or, in our case, who analyses the analysts?). Whilst it was initially intended as a bit of fun we do nevertheless think there are some interesting aspects for AR professionals and analyst houses to take from it. We see at least two takeaways emerging for different audiences:

  • AR professionals may use this as a subjective analysis tool to look at their target audience engagement strategies. They should balance ‘ease to do business with’ against ‘relevance’ and ‘impact’. Or, in other words, they shouldn’t brief analysts just because they’re easy to deal with (or conversely they should look at analysts which are less of a pain depending on the type of impact the AR professional is looking for (see the AR SOSM model);
  • analyst firms should monitor the ‘transactional tax’ they impose on AR people: if they raise the ‘interaction barrier’ too high while not providing sufficient coverage and not showing impact, their vendor information source might soon provide them only a partial view of the market (raising exhaustivity and fairness issues) or their vendor revenues might suffer too.

 

By Neil Pollock (LinkedIn@neilpollock), Yulia Sidorova (LinkedIn) and Ludovic Leforestier (LinkedIn@lludovic)

 

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The IIAR Analyst of the Year 2014 http://analystrelations.org/2014/12/19/the-iiar-analyst-of-the-year-2014/ http://analystrelations.org/2014/12/19/the-iiar-analyst-of-the-year-2014/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:16:16 +0000 http://analystrelations.org/?p=74847 The IIAR is delighted to announce the winners of the 2014

IIAR Analyst of the Year

AND THE WINNERS ARE…

Following yesterday’s announcement of the IIAR Analyst Firm of The Year 2014, here are the individual nominations.

Place to the results!

IIAR Analyst of the Year

The IIAR Analyst of The Year 2014 is Ray Wang / Constellation (LinkedIn, @rwang0)

In second place comes Liz Herbert / Forrester (LinkedIn, @lizherbert) and in third place ex-aequo Andy Butler (LinkedIn) and Chris Pang (LinkedIn) both at Gartner

CONGRATULATIONS!

So it seems Ray is ubiquitous indeed. As he said “I’m very thankful and appreciative of the IIAR for this distinction.  As an independent and trusted professional association, the award conveys great responsibility and honour.  As part of that responsibility, I’m looking forward to more of a mentoring role as well as encouraging colleagues to  develop of the next generation of analysts who can serve buyers, vendors, and other influencers.

More details will be provided to IIAR members during a call on the 15/1/15.

Thanks to Helen Chantry (LinkedIn) and Trevor Howard (LinkedIn) for their invaluable contributions to this research.

Read also:

Past winners

The IIAR Analyst of The Year has been running since 2008, see below the past winners.

  • The IIAR Analyst of The Year 2012 was Alex Soejarto, Gartner
  • The IIAR Analyst of The Year 2011 was Phil Fersht / HfS Research
  • The IIAR Analyst of The Year 2010 was Phil Fersht / HfS
  • The IIAR Analyst of The Year 2009 was Ray Wang back then at Forrester
  • The IIAR Analyst of The Year 2008 was Ray Wang / Forrester
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The IIAR Analyst Firm of the Year 2014 http://analystrelations.org/2014/12/18/the-iiar-analyst-firms-of-the-year-2014-are-gartner_inc-forrester-idc-constellationrg-hfsresearch-ventanaresearch-smbgroup-just_clarity-aoty-archat/ http://analystrelations.org/2014/12/18/the-iiar-analyst-firms-of-the-year-2014-are-gartner_inc-forrester-idc-constellationrg-hfsresearch-ventanaresearch-smbgroup-just_clarity-aoty-archat/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:16:38 +0000 http://analystrelations.org/?p=74837 The IIAR is delighted to announce the winners of the 2014

IIAR Analyst Firm of the Year

AND THE WINNERS ARE…

Often imitated, never equalled -the IIAR Analyst of The Year is back in 2014!

The only independent influencers relations professional association surveyed its members and other carefully vetted AR professionals to vote in several main categories: best global firm, best independent firm and best newcomer. More criteria were included -see below. This panel composition and methodology ensures both independence and an opinion coming from the most knowledgeable -and critical- on industry analysis firms, research and analysts themselves.

Individual analysts have also been voted -the results will be published this Friday.

And now, without further ado…

IIAR Global Analyst Firm of The Year

The IIAR Global Analyst Firm of The Year 2014 is Gartner.

The runner ups are Forrester and IDC.

One of our respondents had the following comment: “Gartner is the 800 pound gorilla in the analyst market because it has the greatest influence with technology buyers, has the most vauable brand, and is a well run $2bn business. These factors are also why it generates such vehement hatred among some boutique analyst firms and some vendor executives.

IIAR Independent Analyst Firm of The Year

The IIAR Independent Analyst Firm of The Year 2014 is Constellation.

The runner ups are HfS and ex-aequo for the third place Ventana and SMB Group.

Said Constellation’s chief Ray Wang (LinkedIn, @RWang0): “We’re excited to be recognised by the analyst relations community for bringing Silicon Valley insights, innovative solutions, and market leading buy side clients together into the broader constellation of research.  It’s always an honour to be recognised and we appreciate all the hard work influence relations professionals face in navigating their organisation’s mission and the mission that industry analysts and influencers play.

 IIAR New Firm of The Year

The IIAR New Analyst Firm of The Year 2014 is Digital Clarity Group.

Said a respondent “Digital Clarity is composed of smart, free-thinking and experienced analysts who follow their gut and provide tailored guidance.

More details will be provided to IIAR members during a call on the 15/1/15. It’s striking however to see that Forrester is a fertile ground for new firms -spawning both Constellation and DCG…

Thanks to Helen Chantry (LinkedIn) and Trevor Howard (LinkedIn) for their invaluable contributions to this research.

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Past winners

The IIAR Analyst of The Year has been running since 2008, see below the past winners.

  • The IIAR Analyst Firm of The Year 2012 were IDC and Ovum
  • The IIAR Analyst Firm of The Year 2011 was Gartner
  • The IIAR Analyst Firm of The Year 2010 was Gartner
  • The IIAR Analyst Firm of The Year 2009 was Gartner
  • The IIAR Analyst Firm of The Year 2008 was Forrester
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IIAR Analyst of the Year 2012: Winners Announced! http://analystrelations.org/2012/10/31/iiar-analyst-of-the-year-2012-winners-announced/ http://analystrelations.org/2012/10/31/iiar-analyst-of-the-year-2012-winners-announced/#comments Wed, 31 Oct 2012 10:00:56 +0000 http://analystrelations.org/?p=4524 IIAR Analyst of the Year logoThe IIAR is delighted to announce the winners of this year’s IIAR Analyst of the Year and Analyst Firm of the Year

AND THE WINNERS ARE…

 

Analyst of the Year:

  • Gold medalAlex Soejarto, Gartner (Research VP, outsourcing & IT services)
  • Silver medalZeus Kerravala, ZK Research (Founder & principal analyst, communications)
  • Bronze medalR “Ray” Wang, Constellation Research (CEO & principal analyst, enterprise software)

Global Analyst Firm of the Year:

Independent Analyst Firm of the Year:

Most innovative firm:

  • HfS Research

This year marked a change from previous formats in that participants were asked to rate their chosen analyst against a list of 10 criteria ranging from ‘Quality of research’ to ‘End-user influence’, with the average of all criteria providing an overall rating. The winning analyst, Alex Soejarto, achieved the highest overall rating from multiple votes, with strong results in understanding, accessibility and end-user influence.  Alex was just clear of Zeus Kerravala, who also performed well on accessibility as well as domain knowledge, and R “Ray” Wang, who rated well across the board.

Global and Independent Analyst firms of the year were run using the same format based on 15 criteria, but in separate categories to allow for more equitable comparisons between the smaller firms. The competition for Global Analyst Firm of the Year was closely fought with Ovum and IDC emerging as joint winners, followed by Forrester and Gartner. In the Independent Analyst Firm of the Year category, competition was also tight, with relatively recent market entrant, ZK Research, emerging clear of Aite Group and HfS Research.

The IIAR this year introduced a new category, ‘Most Innovative Firm of the Year’ to allow a comparison between the global and independent analyst firms. It prompted a strong response and HfS Research was the clear winner based on the volume of votes and the respondent commentary, which highlighted its innovative approach to conducting, analysing and presenting research directly relevant to business needs. Gartner and Forrester also performed well in this comparison, suggesting that innovation is not unique to smaller firms.

Over 200 AR professionals from across the globe took time to complete the survey and nominations were received for 204 individual analysts from 60 separate firms. The data was analysed by Dave Noble, IIAR Board member and MD, Intelligen AR.

A more detailed analysis of the findings will be posted soon – please watch this space for more.

Quotes:

“A most sincere thanks to all that voted for myself and ZK Research. It’s a true honor to be recognized by the analyst relations community in both the individual and independent firm categories.  My philosophy as an analyst is to focus less on any one particular product area but instead look for markets that are in transition and how that will reshape the technology landscape so it’s nice to see that this methodology is being well received.  Once again, a most sincere thank you.”

Zeus Kerravala, Founder and Principal Analyst, ZK Research

“It’s always an honor to be recognized by the analyst relations community, especially after you’ve left the legacy analyst firms.  IIAR’s endless devotion to improving the profession demonstrates the impact of a well-run professional society.”

R “Ray” Wang, Constellation Research

“On behalf of our 1,000+ research analysts worldwide, IDC is honored to receive this recognition from the analyst relations community.”

Kirk Campbell, President & CEO of IDC

 

“We are delighted to see that the continued investment in our products and services is being recognized by the AR community. To receive the title of Global Analyst Firm of the Year is testament to the quality of Ovum’s people and research, our clear approach to the market, and our commitment to helping customers make better decisions. The market demands clear, independent insight in a fast-moving business landscape, and we recognize and appreciate the important role the IIAR plays in guiding selection of an appropriate research partner”

Brett Azuma, MD, Ovum

“Aite Group is honored to be identified as one of the top in class among worldwide AR professionals.  This global accolade reflects our professional growth and international expansion efforts, and validates us as a leading independent research and advisory firm. A big thanks go to the IIAR and all their work, and to the AR community for recognizing us in this space.”

Frank Rizza Partner/Chief Operating Officer, Aite Group

“We would like to thank IIAR’s members for recognizing HfS as the most innovative analyst firm.  Our goal has been to engage our 120,000-strong social community to conduct rapid research that is quick to market, easy to access and offers a unique perspective on new trends and dynamics.  Having our efforts recognized by such a respected group of professionals proves our socially-driven research strategy is having a major impact.”

Phil Fersht, Founder & CEO, HfS Research

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Results announced – IIAR Analyst of the Year 2012! http://analystrelations.org/2012/10/21/results-announced-iiar-analyst-of-the-year-2012/ http://analystrelations.org/2012/10/21/results-announced-iiar-analyst-of-the-year-2012/#respond Sun, 21 Oct 2012 21:30:02 +0000 http://analystrelations.org/?p=4465 On Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st October the IIAR will be holding a series of calls to announce the winners of this year’s IIAR Analyst of the Year and IIAR Analyst Firm of the Year 2012.

The calls will be led by IIAR Board member and APJ chapter lead – Dave Noble – who masterminded the new format for this year’s survey and has spent the last few weeks analysing the results.

Calls will be held at the following times and will focus on region-specific trends and winners:

  • USA: Tues 30th Oct at West Coast – 2pm/East Coast – 5pm
  • Asia-Pacific/Japan: Weds 31st Oct at Sydney – 5pm/Singapore – 2pm/ Mumbai – 11:30am
  • Europe: Weds 31st Oct at London – 9am/France – 10am

All AR professionals are welcome to attend this call free of charge.

If you would like to take part please email me to reserve your place and receive dial-in details, stating which call you would like to attend.

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Don’t forget to vote – IIAR Analyst of the Year 2012! http://analystrelations.org/2012/07/24/dont-forget-to-vote-iiar-analyst-of-the-year-2012/ http://analystrelations.org/2012/07/24/dont-forget-to-vote-iiar-analyst-of-the-year-2012/#respond Tue, 24 Jul 2012 10:45:24 +0000 http://analystrelations.org/?p=4176 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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IIAR ANALYST OF THE YEAR 2012 – Voting open! http://analystrelations.org/2012/06/15/iiar-analyst-of-the-year-2012-voting-open/ http://analystrelations.org/2012/06/15/iiar-analyst-of-the-year-2012-voting-open/#respond Fri, 15 Jun 2012 05:06:04 +0000 http://analystrelations.org/?p=4000 This year’s search to find the IIAR 2012 Analyst of the Year and IIAR Analyst Firm of the Year is now open.

You will see that this year’s survey is a little different to last year’s. To help us validate the nominations we are asking you to rate your chosen analyst and analyst firm of the year against a list of 10 criteria. 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. This will allow us to recognise those large firms which have scale and market influence, as well as those that offer quality of research and value for money. Of course, it’s entirely up to you who you vote for and which criteria you believe offer the most value.

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. Please contact me if you have any queries or questions.

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IIAR Analyst of the Year 2012: All new criteria http://analystrelations.org/2012/06/01/iiar-analyst-of-the-year-2012-all-new-criteria/ http://analystrelations.org/2012/06/01/iiar-analyst-of-the-year-2012-all-new-criteria/#respond Fri, 01 Jun 2012 07:08:54 +0000 http://analystrelations.org/?p=3929 The IIAR Board has made a major transformation to the way this year’s IIAR Analyst of the Year is selected.

After numerous conversations with members, AR professionals and analysts we felt this year we needed to do things differently. We’re pleased with the new approach and hope you will agree that this year the survey will give every analyst an equal chance based on their expertise, credibility and research.

Rather than just nominating your top analyst, participants will this year be asked to rate their chosen analyst against a list of 10 criteria ranging from ‘Quality of research’ to ‘End-user influence’, and will be able to provide ratings for more than one analyst. 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. The 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. This will allow us to recognise those large firms which have scale and market influence, as well as those that offer quality of research and value for money. Of course, it’s entirely up to you who you vote for and which criteria you believe offer the most value.

The survey will be opened in the next two weeks and we are looking forward to receiving your votes. 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 for seven weeks after which we will close it for analysis and announce the results early September.

Watch this space for news of the voting open!

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And the IIAR Analyst of the Year 2011 is… http://analystrelations.org/2011/10/21/iiar-analyst-of-the-year-winners-2011-announced/ http://analystrelations.org/2011/10/21/iiar-analyst-of-the-year-winners-2011-announced/#comments Fri, 21 Oct 2011 15:16:54 +0000 http://analystrelations.org/?p=3306 For the fourth year running, AR professionals have been polled to select the analyst and firms they consider the best best for thought leadership, ease to do business with, influence and value for money.

The IIAR is delighted to announce that this year’s IIAR Analyst of the Year 2011 goes to…

Phil Fersht, HfS Research. It was a resounding win with a huge majority vote. This is the second consecutive year in which Phil has won the award and we would like to extend our congratulations to him on behalf of the IIAR. Reasons people gave for Phil’s nomination include; an innovative approach to research, honesty and extensive relationships in the industry. Accessibility proved a big selling point, combined with Phil’s use of social media in research and his deep industry knowledge.

IIAR Analyst of the Year 2011Award Winners

IIAR Analyst of the Year 2011

IIAR Analyst Firm of the Year 2011

IIAR  New Analyst Firm of the Year 2011

 

The results by areas for both firms and individual analysts are as follow:

  • Software: Gartner ; Mark Smith / Ventana
  • Services: Gartner, Phil Fresht / HfS Research
  • Outsourcing/BPO/Maintenance: HfS ; Phil Fresht / HfS Research
  • Telecoms: Yankee ; Zeus Kerravala / Yankee
  • Developpers/IT department: Gartner ; James Governor / Redmonk
  • Green IT/sustainability: Gartner ; Stephen Stokes / Gartner
  • Social media: Altimeter ; Charlene Li / Altimeter

 

IIAR 2011 analyst and firms of the year by areas

HfS Research was voted third in the IIAR Analyst Firm of the Year, which is a great accolade given the company is just entering its third year of operations. Success factors include, “intelligent people with common sense” said one participant, “Research that is always compelling to read – and our clients like it” said another. One participant went further saying of HfS, “They are the heartbeat in the world of outsourcing and shared services”.

At HfS, we have always refused to hide our research behind expensive firewalls and have aggressively sought to place our global analyst teams’ insights onto the desks of today’s corporate decision makers. This award is testament to the staying power of our philosophy to change the way research is developed and channelled to market. I thank the IIAR and its wonderful members for recognizing us,” commented Mr. Fersht.

Gartner was nominated as IIAR Analyst Firm of the Year and also won the award for best analyst firm in six of the nine individual technology categories including: hardware, software, services and green IT. They remain one of the most popular analyst firms in the business and this award further endorses their market leading reputation. Reasons given for their nomination included the company’s standing in the market and wide coverage area. One participant commented, “Gartner sets the standards by which everyone else plays”.

This year the IIAR introduced a new category IIAR New Analyst Firm of the Year to reflect the changing market and growth in new analyst start-up companies. In this category the clear winner was Constellation Research.

We’re quite honored and humbled!  More importantly, we are thankful to our first 100 customers and the influencer relations community for their feedback and support,” commented Ray Wang (@rwang0), Principal Analyst & CEO, Constellation Research.

Ray went on to say, “When we formed Constellation, we set out to build research on disruptive technologies.  Our charter sell-side clients expected us to be visible in the media, create thought leadership, and take a buy side view.  As we celebrate our first year and our charter innovation summit, we’ll be working with our community for new ideas and new ways to deliver research and insights“.

Interestingly, the major players dominated the stakes on analyst firm of the year but within the analyst of the year category, it was the analysts from smaller companies who dominated the top three places.

Over 260 analyst and influencer relations specialists took part in this year’s survey – by far the greatest number to date – and we are very grateful to all those who took the time to participate. A big thank you also goes to Jonny Bentwood, and IIAR co-founder (see previous posts) for all his time and effort in leading this survey.

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A copy of the results will be sent to all participants in due course and IIAR members will be able to read a more in-depth analysis of the survey results on huddle; please watch your emails for notification of when this is made available.

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