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IIAR Jingle Bells c/o Dell

dell-blue_spot hi-resWith nearly 150 Analysts and AR Professionals confirmed to attend on the night, the 9th December, it seemed as though all arrived together to share a glass (or two, or three, or more) at the IIAR Christmas Party. The private room at the Convent Garden hostelry, complete with roaring fire and Christmas decorations was, at times, full to bursting. Never the less, a good time was had  by all who attended and the “free bar” (kindly sponsored by Dell) lasted all evening. Here are a few words, provided by our sponsor …

From a Dell perspective, the evening provided a fantastic networking opportunity in a fun and festive setting. The impressive turnout and the wide variety of analysts and AR professionals in attendance, created the ideal environment to catch up with existing analyst connections as well as establish new relationships with the ever-growing EMEA analyst community. 2014 has certainly been a busy year for all and the IIAR Christmas drinks were a great way to celebrate the successes of the year as we look towards an exciting 2015.

Dell also provided a fantastic tablet computer for the prize draw. The lucky winner was Peter Hall, Principal  Analyst at Ovum.

For those who missed the evening – and who attended, here are a few pictures, some taken before the crowd fully developed !

Here’s to another great IIAR Party and may we wish everyone a Fantastic Festive Holiday and a Prosperous New Year !!

 

 

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IIAR Discussion – Negotiating with Gartner – 22nd Jan 15

What – IIAR Discussion Group – Negotiating your Contract with Gartner
When – Thursday the 22nd January 2015 @ 4pm GMT, 5pm CET, 12 Noon – New York
Where – IIAR Webinar
Who: Discussion initiated and will be chaired by Aniruddho Mukherjee (Head of AR and Branding Manager, Europe for HCL Technologies)
Register Here – To attend please REGISTER <<HERE>>, now

AuctionSuccessfully negotiating your contract with analyst firms and gaining best advantage from your contract is a key activity for all Analyst Relations teams. This second meeting of a IIAR Discussion Group will review the outcomes document from the first meeting (available <<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.
Held under Chatham House Rules the discussion will be chaired by Aniruddho Mukherjee (Head of AR and Branding Manager, Europe for HCL Technologies). The aim is to (ultimately) produce an IIAR Best Practice Paper that combines the knowledge of all participants.
Of course, by attending you will not only have the opportunity to give your knowledge and opinions but also gain from that of others and have the advantage to submit questions directly. Lets have a lively discussion, the more of you that join in the better, so please don’t forget to REGISTER <<HERE>>. Attending IIAR Events is free for all members, there may be a small charge for non-members.
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IIAR AR Café – Gartner Symposium, Barcelona – 12 Nov 2014

GartnerOn Wednesday 12th November, 7:30am CET 1200 CET, IIAR member Ludovic Leforestier (AR Director at Bearing Point, @bearingpointarLinkedIn) will be hosting an IIAR AR Café.

This will be an informal get-together to discuss AR-related matters and network with peers. It will no doubt be a welcome break in-between the ever hectic schedule of Symposium. It is also a chance to find out more about the IIAR in terms of what membership offers and events being planned or are currently in the diary.

This event is open to all Analyst Relations Professionals (current, past and potential new IIAR Members) and will be held at the Hotel Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.

If you would like to attend please email to receive confirmation and contact details.

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New! US-based IIAR Networking Events in November and December

Liberty SmallAnalyst Relations:  it can be rewarding, exhilarating, frustrating and – despite the fact that we’re often talking with analysts and spokespeople – it can be lonely, too.  Especially when you’re the only one at your company who does what you do . . . or even knows what you do!

As AR professionals, we are often a team of one, haven’t had much formal training, and are being asked to do more than ever before. It’s not easy.  But we’re not alone.  We are part of of a global community, one that is growing, evolving and learning to address new challenges every day.

For several years, IIAR members in the UK and Europe have taken advantage of IIAR Networking Cafe events to meet up, make new contacts, discuss common challenges and opportunities, mentor each other and strengthen the AR Community.

Now, we’re bringing the same opportunity to the the other side of the “pond”.

The IIAR is pleased to announce our first two local U.S. Networking Cafes, sponsored by the AR Forum. These informal evening events will offer U.S.-based AR professionals a chance for networking and exchanging ideas with peers.

These initial U.S. events will be opened to include to all AR professionals, and are not exclusive to members of IIAR.  Any AR professional based near — or traveling to — a host city on the scheduled dates is welcome to RSVP and attend.  Please, pass this information along!

Our first two events will take place in Boston (November 19) and New York (December 4).  Below, you’ll find specifics for each event and who to contact for an invitation or more information.

For more information about these events or about the U.S. Chapter of the IIAR, please contact IIAR Board Member Alyssa Gilmore <<Here>>

U.S. Networking Cafe Details:

CITY:    Boston
DATE:  Wednesday, November 19, 2014
TIME:   7:00 – 9:00 PM
VENUE:  The Merchant, 60 Franklin St. in downtown Boston
CONTACT: Alyssa Gilmore, <<Here>>

CITY:   New York
DATE;  Thursday, December 4, 2014
TIME:   7:00 -10:00 PM
VENUE:  Carbone Ristorante Italiano – 331 West 38th Street (btw 8th and 9th)
CONTACT:  Robin Schaffer, <<Here>>

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IIAR Discussion – Negotiating your Analyst Firm Contract – 31st Oct 14

What – IIAR Discussion Group – Negotiating your Analyst Firm Contract (aka – Negotiating with Gartner)
When – Friday the 31st October 2014 @ 4pm GMT, 5pm CET, 12 Noon – New York
Where – IIAR Webinar
Register Here – To attend please REGISTER <<HERE>>, now

AuctionSuccessfully negotiating your contract with analyst firms and gaining best advantage from your contract is a key activity for all Analyst Relations teams. This initial meeting of a IIAR Discussion Group will open up 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.
Held under Chatham House Rules the aim is to (ultimately) produce an IIAR Best Practice Paper that combines the knowledge of all participants.
Of course, by attending you will not only have the opportunity to give your knowledge and opinions but also gain from that of others and have the advantage to submit questions directly. Lets have a lively discussion, the more of you that join in the better, so please don’t forget to REGISTER <<HERE>>. Attending IIAR Events is free for all members, there may be a small charge for non-members.
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IIAR Christmas Party – 9th December 2014

Tree01There’s a mere 70-odd days to go before Santa is due. The shops are setting out their Yuletide wares, Christmas jumper days are being arranged and the IIAR is aiming to be the first “must attend ” Christmas party in everyone’s diaries.

This year, we’re holding our Christmas festivities in Covent Garden, London on Tuesday 9th December, from 5.30pm and we aim to surpass our Summer Party in venue, numbers and fun – not an easy task given the success of our summer parties !!

Free food and drinks await those who venture out amidst the winter snow.

All analysts and AR folk are welcome. Analysts and IIAR members get in for free – a good reason for joining the IIAR. There are also a limited number of guest tickets available at £75 each.

We can’t guarantee you a seat but we do promise you an entertaining time, whether you stay the whole evening or just pop by for a quick drink

Many thanks to our friends at Dell for sponsoring our 2014 party and helping make it possible for us to provide what will be the most fun Analyst/AR Christmas Party in the UK this year.

Please book the date in your diary and Register if you plan to come along by clicking <<Here>>

 

dell-blue_spot hi-resDell is an end-to-end technology solutions company, thriving on delivering technology solutions to customers to help them achieve more.

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IDC, End-Users and Strategic AR – all at our latest London meeting

MK 2small Panel 1 smallWell, that was a late one but well worth it.

In a mammoth three hour meeting (we didn’t lock the doors, people just didn’t want to leave) those attending last night’s IIAR meeting in London enjoyed an informative interview Marianne Kolding of IDC by Simon ‘Jeremy’ Levin of The Skills Connection Continue Reading →

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Don’t Forget – IIAR UK Forum with IDC – 15th October

Don't ForgetIDC plus “Developing strategic AR programmes” at October’s UK IIAR Forum

Date/Time: 15th October 2014, 5pm – 7pm BST
Location: Holborn, Central London – details sent when registered.
Register: <<HERE>> If you would like to join us please register soon.

Agenda: 

1st Session – An exclusive interview session with Marianne Kolding (LinkedIn), the Vice President of European Services Research at IDC. This “interview session” will cover IDC’s reach and influence with the end-user community. Continue Reading →

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IDC plus “developing strategic AR programmes” at October’s UK IIAR Forum – 15th Oct.

IDCHow do you ensure that your AR programme is adding value to the business?  How do you build a strategic AR programme?

In a roundtable discussion, led by high-level and experienced AR professionals who have a proven track record for developing and running highly regarded AR programmes, these are some of the questions we’ll be answering at our next UK meeting.

Before this discussion, there’s an exclusive session with IDC.  Marianne Kolding (LinkedIn), the Vice President of European Services Research at IDC, will be speaking on its reach and influence with the end-user community. Continue Reading →

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IIAR Germany 2nd Stammtisch Event

Unfortunately this event has been postponed and will be rescheduled.
Apologies to all who had registered.

The IIAR German Chapter will be holding its 2nd Stammtisch Event on the 7th October 2014. Starting at 6pm CET German AR Professionals will be meeting at the Ella Restaurant, Munich. The topic for this meetings discussion is – AR measurement and its relevance for successful positioning of AR towards internal stakeholders. (German characteristics). If you are local, in the area or are able to travel why not join your fellow AR Professionals and come along. Register: <<Here>>.  Attending is free for IIAR Members, there is a small charge for non-members.

The next event of the IIAR German Chapter is a Webinar covering the German analyst landscape will be held in November 2014 – date to be confirmed. Details to follow.

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IIAR Best Practice Paper: The 7+7+7 Golden Rules of Engagement

 

We’ll hold a webinar to discuss our latest IIAR Best Practice Paper: Analyst Relations and Industry Analysts –The 7+7+7 Golden Rules of Engagement byLudovic Leforestier & Caroline DenningtonKeep calm and follow the rules

Date: September 11th, 2014
Time: 4pm BST, 5pm CET, 11am EST, 8am PST
Location: IIAR Webinar – Register here

AR Pros and the Industry Analysts work on the basis of undocumented principles – principles that sometimes get broken or abused and then what do you do? This webinar will look at the types of analysts AR Pros come across on a daily basis and how to engage with them. Questions such as whether there is a secret recipe on how to build trust? – When should you be transparent? – Should analysts be afforded preferential treatment? – And does NDA really mean, NDA? – will be addressed along with many other frustrations we all face in the world of AR. Oh yes, there is also a section on ‘Divas’! Continue Reading →

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IIAR 2014 Networking Event: analysts party in the sunshine

IIAR Summer Party 2014 at The Grange, London
As the day drew to a close and the sun set over London, over 100 hundred of the UK’s leading analysts and AR professionals were busy drinking, talking and enjoying the spectacular views of St Paul’s Cathedral, the Shard and the city skyline. If you weren’t able to come along to this year’s IIAR Summer Party, you missed out on another treat of an evening. Someone described it as “the networking event of the summer” and if you were there, it’s easy to see why. Another said “stunning views, great company, interesting conversations, nice food, free booze – it couldn’t get any better.” Continue Reading →

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IIAR Webinar: Progressive Digital Media Group Acquires CurrentAnalysis – 5/9/14

IIAR Webinar: Progressive Digital Media Group Acquisition of CurrentAnalysis Inc.

Date: 5th September 2014
Time: 4pm BST, 5PM CET, 11am EST
Location: IIAR Webinar – Register HERE
 
Summary: On the 30 July 2014, the Board of Progressive Digital Media Group Plc, the provider of high quality premium business information to the consumer and technology markets, confirmed their acquisition of CurrentAnalysis Inc. We will be joined by their CEO and others who will present and discuss their acquisition; during which they will cover – Strategy, Business Models, Clients Served, Value Proposition and ultimately “Why should AR care?”
Attendees:

  • Simon Pyper – CEO Progressive Digital Media Group – Holding company for Kable, Pyramid and Current Analysis
  • Russ Milburn – MD Product Development
  • Tim Royston-Webb – MD Business Information

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Tracking Analyst Influence: Is there an easier way?

To follow the IIAR Webinar with ARInsights and Huawei “Tracking Analyst Influence: Is there an easier way?” on the 29th May 2014 this describes the systems used by Huawei and a case study of their experience. The full document, presentation and recording from the webinar are all available here.

Several IT buyer surveys have established that industry analysts are the second biggest influence on technology buying decisions, behind peer groups but well ahead of consultants.  Analysts influence through a number of different avenues – by direct phone conversations, by creating a broad media buzz through subscription research, media quotes and in social media such as blogs and the rapid fire of Twitter.

Intuitively, most AR professionals know that they need to track what analysts are saying via all these outlets, but are overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the task.  Shouldn’t it be easy in the age of “GOOGLE” to find anything that exists on the internet? Technically, YES! Although, when you are monitoring more than a handful of analysts across their research, blogs, Twitter and media quotes, things can get a little hectic.

 

See also the following IIAR Best Practice papers (membership required):

 

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