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IIAR Discussion – AR Training and Certification – What do You Require ?

Date: 1st August 2014
Time: 4pm BST, 5pm CET, 11am EST
Location: IIAR Webinar

There is renewed interest in the IIAR Certification programme with several members completing the certification test recently. This has highlighted the need to update the test questions, expand the range and ensure it is relevant to today’s AR community and market needs. We’re exploring how we can partner with Edinburgh University on the IIAR Certification programme required update and AR Training. Join our brainstorming on IIAR Training needs, facilitated by Edinburgh University training design experts Neil Pollock (LinkedIn, @neilpollock) and Gian Marco Campagnolo (@campagnolo_g) – read their profiles below, their expertise is unquestionable. You will be invited to name the 4 MOST IMPORTANT aspects that an “AR training programme should cover” – so come prepared. Continue Reading →

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IIAR Awards Two AR Professionals with IIAR Certified Expert as it Expands its AR Professional Certification Program

The Institute of Industry Analyst Relations (IIAR) is pleased to recognize the first two recipients – Ellie Warner and Ed Gyurko – as IIAR Certified Experts.

This marks the official launch of two new IIAR certification levels consisting of IIAR Certified Expert (CE) and IIAR Certified Fellow (CF). These qualifications are designed for Analyst Relations (AR) professionals with four or eight years plus experience respectively focused in the AR industry.

Ed Gyurko – IIAR Certified Expert, Former Board Member and Influencer Engagement Manager, Logica (LinkedIn, @edgyurko) one of the first qualifying experts said, “The new IIAR certifications will not only help provide AR professionals with a way of differentiating themselves in the marketplace, but will also help enhance the AR profession overall.

Ellie Warner – IIAR Certified Expert, Director, Corporate Communications APJ, EMC (LinkedIn, @elliewarner) commented, “The new IIAR certifications are good for AR professionals both as individuals and as a community. They not only provide industry recognition, but also help to increase the knowledge base of the AR professional through the best practice white papers and case studies that have to be completed as part of the assessment.” Continue Reading →

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IIAR Exam version 2.0 Launched Today

We are pleased to announce that work has been completed on the IIAR Certified Professional Exam and version 2.0 is now available online.

All current Board members and Secretary have completed the test successfully and are proud members of the IIAR Certified Professional LinkedIn club. We thought it was important to practice what we preached and so having sat the original test, the Board got together to look at questions which needed clarifying, updating or taking out altogether. Criticisms of the old test had included complicated wording, confusion over double negatives and some of the multiple choice options. We’ve gone through each question with a fine tooth-comb and are now happy that the test offers straight forward questions, with questions relating to today’s challenges and demands of the AR professional.

There are a few less questions, now 117 in total rather than 120 but the time limit of 90 minutes remains the same, which should give candidates plenty of time to double-check answers where necessary. It is an open-book exam and can be taken at any time but it must be taken in one sitting.

Candidates who would like to take the test should email the IIAR Secretary who will send through unique login details and password so you can access the test. Continue Reading →

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How I took the IIAR certification test…and lived to tell the tale

I have to start this post with a confession. I’ve been on the IIAR Board for nearly 10 months and only recently got around to taking the IIAR Certified Professional exam. Shame on me. But like a lot of other IIAR members I suspect, I was put  off by misconceptions about the test. So having gone through the process and come out the other side relatively unscathed and with a shiny new certificate to put on my wall, I thought it might be helpful to share my experiences and hopefully dispel some of the myths. And if I can encourage more members to take the certification test, even better. Continue Reading →

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Summary of the IIAR Certification teleconference

Duncan hosted a teleconference with Peggy O’Neill of the IIAR board on Analyst Relations Certification and posted the summary on his Analyst Equity blog.

The IIAR Certification is a first step in equipping AR Professionals with an independent industry professional certification, definitely a good way to boost a CV.

It’s open to all AR practitioners, free to IIAR members and for a fee to others.
Read more in Peggy’s own post: IIAR Launches Certification for Analyst Relations Managers

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IIAR Launches Certification for Analyst Relations Managers

Have you ever been embarrassed by a fellow AR manager? Some clueless person who purports to represent our profession and has not the slightest idea about the difference between an inquiry and a briefing? Or thinks the more you pay an analyst, the better the coverage will be?

Not much you can do about it, as anyone can hang out a shingle and call themselves an analyst relations manager. But at least those of us who take our profession seriously can push for high standards and look for ways to separate the amateurs from the pros.

The basic certification test that IIAR is launching today (read the official press release) will hopefully enjoy widespread adoption and become a way for hiring managers to differentiate between the poseurs and the pros. The IIAR is also looking at advanced certification requirements and will roll that out at a later date.

It’s the first time we are trying to answer the question, “What are the basics that an AR manager should know?”  The exam covers topics such as citation policies, market share methodology, analyst etiquette, and event best practices. Regional knowledge, business model basics, and pricing and licensing fundamentals are also in there.

Not sure if you’re ready? Sample questions and a quiz are available here.

Candidates interested in taking the exam should make arrangements by contacting me directly at peggy.oneill@analystrelations.org as passwords are distributed individually.

What do you think? Is certification helpful in promoting higher standards in our profession? Should it be mandatory instead of voluntary?

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IIAR PRESS RELEASE: THE IIAR ANNOUNCES ANALYST RELATIONS CERTIFICATION

London, 1 October 2009: Today, the Institute of Industry Analyst Relations (IIAR) is announcing its Analyst Relations Certification examination, the first independently administered qualification for analyst relations (AR) professional.

The examination is aimed at encouraging AR managers to master best practices, analyst protocol, and basic knowledge of the industry.

AR professionals who take the examination, which consists of a multiple choice test on a wide range of topics related to the discipline and execution of analyst relations, are deemed “certified” by the IIAR. The test is administered by the IIAR and is open to both members and non-members. The fee is £100 for non-members and includes the opportunity for one retake if candidates initially fail the test. The exam is free for IIAR members.

In addition, the AR Certification examination will form the foundation level for an Advanced AR Certification, which is currently under development. The Advanced AR Certification is aimed at AR professionals with four or more years of experience, and assessment will be based on length of service, proven track record and contribution to the enhancement of analyst relations as a profession.

Peggy O’Neill, Board Member of the IIAR, said “We’re excited to be launching the AR Certification examination, which for the first time provides AR professionals with an opportunity to demonstrate their industry experience and knowledge through an independently administered qualification.”

Kathy Nottingham, Director of Industry Analyst Relations for Lawson Software, and the first analyst relations professional to be certified by the IIAR, commented “Industry certification is good for analyst relations professionals as individuals and as a group. While each AR role is unique, the practice of AR has evolved to a point where we have established proven best practices. The IIAR has developed an AR certification test that validates a baseline of AR knowledge and expertise.”

For further information and to view sample questions, please click here.

About the IIAR
Established in April 2006, the Institute of Industry Analyst Relations is a non-profit organisation dedicated to raising industry awareness of the value of analyst relations, promoting and sharing best practice in AR, enhancing communications between vendors and analyst firms, and providing opportunities for AR professionals to meet and network with their industry peers. For further information, visit www.analystrelations.org.

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MQs, accreditation and a debate on IT services – all in the same evening

Those of us fortunate enough to be able to attend* yesterday’s IIAR Forum enjoyed a treat.

Ed Gyurko presented the latest IIAR whitepaper on Magic Quadrant submissions (available from Monday, free of charge to members).  It will prove immensely useful to those who have to work on the seminal Gartner reports.

Following Ed was David Taylor who spoke about the IIAR’s plans for AR accreditation. These are really starting to take shape. David and the group he’s been working with deserve a lot of thanks for their hard work to date.   There’s more that still needs to be done – but it’s definitely getting there and that’s very exciting.

And then we had the third highlight of the meeting – a spirited and informative debate with analysts from three firms that are focused on the IT services market:  Kate Hanaghan of Bathwick, John Willmott from NelsonHall and Puni Rajah of TechMarketView (who was joined by her colleague Anthony Miller).

There are some clear differences between the three firms but all three are in agreement: relationships with clients are the key for success in the next 12 months.  There was also consensus that good analyst firms would survive but there would be casualties among those unable to demonstrate the value they deliver.

While all three acknowledged the difficulties of doing business in the current market, TechMarketView was very upbeat about the future.  Puni and Anthony are predicting that the overall analyst market will grow in size over the next year (and as a result, there will be more demand for AR people).  It will be nice if those predictions come true.

There was plenty more discussion and our hour was quickly over. If you couldn’t make it, then I’m sorry. You did miss a really good meeting.

Finally, thanks to our analyst speakers for coming along and taking part in an absolutely fascinating debate.

Also a big thank you to Robert De Souza who chaired the analyst discussion, Laura Woodward who hosted the meeting and Hannah Kirkman, the IIAR secretary for bring it all together.

* Attendees came from a wide range of companies including Accenture, BT, Capgemini, Cisco, CSC, CustomerClix, Edelman, HCL, Hill & Knowlton, Logicalis, Nortel, Oracle, Prasada, Richmond Green, Sunesis, Weber Shandwick and Zeus.

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