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IIAR UK Forum – The Next BIG Event – CIO Discussion Panel Chaired by CIO-Connect

SAVE THE DATE – 30th October, 16:00 – 18:00 (UK Time)

This will be a really exciting event that no IIAR member (or prospective member) should miss. The main session will be a panel of CIOs, chaired by CIO-Connect. In this session we will hear from the CIOs the research they rely on, why and what information they look for, to support their function and business. Thus providing a unique insight into how buyers engage with the analyst community. This will provide great opportunity for both AR professionals and the IIAR, helping the IIAR better understand the needs of AR professionals. Please book 4-6pm on October 30th in your diary NOW so you don’t miss this key event.

This is a members only event, if you are interested in attending as a new or prospective IIAR member please email the IIAR.

Location and all other details will be sent by email to those attending.

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Final call to join THE analyst/AR event of the year: Tues 16th July, 5pm in London

After a hard day’s work what could be better than enjoying a cold beer with your analyst friends and AR peers in an open-air bar overlooking London. What’s more, thanks to our kind friends at Tata Consultancy Services, there’ll be free drinks and canape’s on offer too!

We have over 150 people registered to attend, with more than 100 analysts from firms including, Gartner, ForresterIDC and Ovum along with a host of others from the likes of Analysys MasonNelson Hall and Current Analysis among  others. Continue Reading →

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UK Chapter Summer Party Set to be Bigger Than Ever: Tues 16th July, 5pm til late

If you want a chance to catch up with your key analysts, get introduced to some important new faces in the industry and meet your AR peers then don’t miss the UK Chapter of the IIAR’s upcoming Summer Party and Networking Event.

We’ve ordered lots of glorious sunshine, booked an awesome venue exclusively for the IIAR and put enough money behind the bar for free drinks and canapés through the evening, thanks to very generous sponsorship from Tata Consultancy Services. With more than 90 analysts signed up to attend this is set to be the biggest event in the IIAR’s history! Continue Reading →

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Analyst events- Is booze better than a booth? Financial Services- Why economic downturn is killing the City but not European FS industry analysts

Blog courtesy of: Simon Levin (IIAR Board Member), Managing Director at The Skills Connection
David Rossiter (IIAR UK Chapter), Director at Sunesis Analyst Relations

The IIAR held its latest London Forum at the UK HQ of the IT services giant Tata Consultancy Services last night. The event saw a turn-out of over 30 of UK’s leading AR and marketing professionals to have a discussion with fellow AR pros on sponsoring analyst events and listen to views of some of the best Analysts in the Financial Services sector. Participants included Dell, Symantec, Deloitte, BAE Systems Detica, Bearing Point, CognizantEdinburgh University and AGT International.

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The London Forum started with a best practices roundtable chaired by IIAR Board Member Caroline Dennington (@CDenningtonLinkedIn) and one of the IIAR UK Chapter Leads David Rossiter (@davidrossiterLinkedIn) on sponsoring analyst events.  One of the many issues covered circled around the ROI of sponsorship packages vs. simple hospitality. Continue Reading →
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IIAR London Forum on 7th March 2013 in London

The next IIAR London Forum will be held on March 7th at 1600 GMT in London (near Victoria)!

For this event we have two great topics on the agenda:

  1. Best Practice session on ‘Sponsoring and Exhibiting at Analyst Events’. Which events and sponsorship types work, what are some of the best practices to get the best value from your investment and which specific analyst events work (and which don’t). Led by a panel of expert AR professionals including Caroline Dennington (Symantec) and Julian Dobbins (Micro Focus).
  2. Analyst Roundtable on ‘Hot Buttons for Financial Services’. Where will the analysts be focusing their research in this sector in 2013 and how can you best position your company’s products and services as a result. Confirmed for this panel are Peter Redshaw (Gartner), Daniel Mayo (Ovum), Catherine Stagg-Macey (Celent), Alex Kwiatkowski (IDC Financial Insights) and Ralph Silva (SRN, HfS and often times the BBC) with Sally Yates (Metia) as chair.

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IIAR APJ Forum on 12th Dec 2012

Our last IIAR APJ Forum for 2012 is here, which of course will be followed by Christmas networking drinks with the broader analyst community, for those of you fortunate enough to be in Sydney!

The Forum will focus on Ovum & its expansion plans in the APJ region. Ovum CEO Brett Azuma will be dialling in from the US, while AP IT research director Steve Hodgkinson & ANZ regional manager Carsten Boeckmann will be joining us in person to provide some candid insights into where Ovum is heading from a research & organisational perspective, as well as how to engage more effectively with their team. Continue Reading →

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IIAR Forum – Forrester’s Latest Strategy

It was with eager anticipation that IIAR members awaited Forrester’s Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer, Tom Pohlmann, to update delegates on Forrester’s strategy at both a regional and global level. The session at the IIAR London Forum did not disappoint.

In an open and honest exchange there was recognition of earlier strategies continuing but with some new developments that are of note to AR professionals.

Role-based strategy: Amalgamating with marketing

The role-based strategy will continue, some may say unfortunately!, but this will now be expanded to focus more on the front office, e.g. marketing, sales enablement and services, and their connection to traditional IT functions. Tom acknowledged that the marketing segment has been one of the fastest growing areas of the business apportioning more than a third of global revenues and so it is an inevitable growth area for the company. This also means Forrester are hiring with the skew towards marketing and strategy analysts versus purely technology analysts. This is a continuation of the past but what seems to be new is the direction they are taking to more closely align marketing and business technology teams, which will be reflected in client interactions and research material. Forrester see their USP as connecting the front office with technology.

European growth: Work in progress Continue Reading →

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[Guest Post] A Member’s View: Forrester’s marketing pitch at the IIAR London Forum

By: Ludovic Leforestier

Dispatches from last week’s IIAR London Forum – A member’s personal perspective on Forrester’s Presentation at the IIAR London Forum. You can view the official IIAR report here.

After a fascinating presentation from Neil Pollock (see his blog post here [Guest Post] Why IT Vendors Should Take Industry Analysts (More) Seriously), Forrester came “en force” to give IIAR members an update on the company strategy. Tom Pohlmann (@tpohlmann, LinkedIn), Forresters CMSO patiently presented and answered IIAR members’ questions. My take on this is that the firm is on a journey to deliver strategic research advice up the food chain and deliver at a strategic level – they’ve started with IT managers, then moved on to CMO’s in the past and are trying to better penetrate the rest of the C-suite. Forrester disagrees with this statement. Continue Reading →

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[Guest Post] Why IT Vendors Should Take Industry Analysts (More) Seriously

By: Dr Neil Pollock, University of Edinburgh Business School

After several years’ research on industry analysts and IT Research firms there are some interesting conclusions to be reached on how industry analyst firms are exerting influence on IT vendors and their product markets. This is just a snapshot of some of Dr. Pollock’s findings.

1. Industry Analysts Stifle Novelty

The first point shows how industry analysts are one of the new ‘institutions of information technology’ with the cognitive authority to shape technological fields. One common way they do this is through proposing names and definitions for emerging technological trends, an activity with positive and negative consequences. We saw, for instance, how this could stifle innovation. IT vendors offering new kinds of products were penalised if their technologies did not conform to standard product definitions. We observed how one seemingly novel solution belonging to a newcomer received a critical review, which led to its rejection from a major procurement contest, effectively calling into question the robustness of its solution. The suggestion here is that industry analysts can help but also hinder innovation. Continue Reading →

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IIAR APJ Forum: Forrester continues to expand its operations in Asia/Pacific

By: Dave Noble, IIAR Board Member & APJ Chapter Lead

Forrester VP Dane Anderson (left) and senior analyst Tim Sheedy at last week’s APJ Forum

Just over 12 months since acquiring Asia/Pacific firm Springboard Research, Forrester Research continues to invest in the region with a view to significantly increasing its market share, particularly in the end-user space.

Speaking at the IIAR’s APJ Forum in Sydney last week, Forrester vice president & AP region manager, Dane Anderson, said that based on Q2 sales technology vendors now represented less than 50 per cent of the firm’s revenues in the region and that end-users would continue to be a major focus.

“We want to aggressively build out our end-user business… we can serve our vendor clients better by understanding their (end-user) clients more completely,” he said. Continue Reading →

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Forrester Research Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer to Speak at IIAR UK Forum

Our next IIAR Forum in London is going to be a very special one!

We have two fantastic speakers lined up and are extremely privileged to be able to host such distinguished guests in what we believe will be a truly valuable Forum for all those in the AR profession.

Please mark your diaries: Thursday 27th September, 4-6:30pm BST

Forrester Research Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer, Tom Pohlmann will be making his way from the US especially to meet with IIAR members and discuss Forrester Research’s plans and strategy. This is a unique opportunity to speak with and hear from one of the most influential executives within Forrester Research and have your questions answered directly on the future of the company and why you should continue your investment as a client / prospect.

In addition to that we have Dr. Neil Pollock, Reader in Information Systems from the University of Edinburgh School of Business who has carried out the first ever academic study of industry analysts and the kinds of influence they wield on IT decision makers and IT vendors. His talk will report on some of the top line findings of this research. Continue Reading →

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IIAR APJ Forum – Forrester APJ Update with Dane Anderson, VP Forrester

The next IIAR APJ Forum will be held on Wednesday 25th July at 4pm Sydney / 2pm Singapore / 11:30am India at Forrester’s offices in Sydney with webex facilities for those who wish to dial in.

Dane Anderson (VP – Research Director and Region Manager, Forrester) has kindly agreed to provide IIAR members with a detailed update on where Forrester is at in the Asia-Pacific/Japan (APJ) region and an update 12 months after the Springboard acquisition. This will very much be a members-led discussion and so this event provides a great opportunity to ask questions that affect your business.

Following the event there will be informal networking with AR peers and the broader analyst community at the Cargo Bar, Darling Harbour from 5:30pm Sydney time onwards.

This session is free for IIAR members. Non-members can pay $A25 to attend via conference call or $A100 to attend in person. Please contact me to secure your place and receive further details or to request an invoice for payment. The event will be hosted by Dave Noble, IIAR Board Member.

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Ovum lays out its strategy to the IIAR

Last week the IIAR was given an insight into the new strategy at Ovum in a one and a half hour Q&A session with four of the company’s top executives.

The in-person event in London saw Ovum’s MD (Brett Azuma), Global Director for IT (Ian Charlesworth), Global Director for Telecoms (Richard Mahony) and Chief Telecoms Analyst (Jan Dawson) all take time out of hectic schedules to personally answer IIAR members’ questions and provide an update on the company’s future direction.

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IIAR UK Summer Networking Event: Thurs 5th July, 5pm

Our ever-popular UK summer networking event is back!

Sponsors IIAR UK Summer Event 2012

On Thursday 5th July, 5pm BST onwards the IIAR will be holding the networking event of the year.With many of the UK’s top analysts in attendance it’s a great opportunity to mingle with your regular analyst targets and meet some new faces from less familiar firms too. Of course there will be lots of IIAR friends in attendance as well for a pre-Olympics celebration.

We have already had a great response to this year’s event and expect to exceed last year’s attendance of 75 analysts and AR professionals. IIAR members can see who has been invited by checking the invite list on huddle.

We are very grateful to AxiCom for kindly sponsoring this event. AxiCom is a global technology communications consultancy, that builds positioning campaigns for clients through analyst relations programmes, traditional influencer relations and emerging digital and social media channels to create conversations that drive real impact with its clients’ stakeholders.  

As always, please email me if you’d like to attend this event and I will send through further details including event location. This event is free for IIAR members and non-IIAR members can attend for £75 per attendee.

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IIAR UK Forum reminder: Your chance to hear about the future of Ovum

Here’s a little reminder that on Wednesday 30th May at 4-6:30pm BST, the IIAR will be holding a Forum with three of the Ovum senior management team. If you didn’t get a chance to meet with Brett at the recent Ovum Industry Congress or would like to find out what you missed this is your opportunity! This will be a panel discussion allowing you to get your questions answered and will be moderated by Simon Levin (IIAR UK Co-Chapter Lead).

Ovum speakers:

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[Guest Post] The Secret Sauce and the Secret Sorcerers by Simon Levin

I was sitting in the middle of a noisy intellectual ruckus about the future of research and advisory services some weeks back when an odd thought struck me.

It was at the London IIAR meeting in March, where R “Ray” Wang and his Constellation all-stars were agitating for radical change in the research industry. Ray was talking about new models, new delivery methods, and new value propositions, while some very respected AR practitioners were questioning the value of his approach. Did the world need this kind of shake-up? And, if so, was it really going to change the nature of AR’s dealings with analysts?

I was supposed to be keeping the peace and chairing the meeting. But I kept being distracted by thoughts about whether all this might be relevant to me.

I suspect our clients at The Skills Connection have a narrow view of AR, centered almost entirely on the analysts’ impact on buying decisions.

And this thought made me ponder how much that’s true for AR in general. Continue Reading →

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IIAR UK Forum: Come and meet Ovum’s Senior Management Team

For the next IIAR UK Forum in London on Wednesday 30th May at 4pm BST, we’re delighted to welcome Ovum MD Brett Azuma, Global Director for Ovum IT Ian Charlesworth, and Global Director for Ovum Telecoms Richard Mahony. We’re meeting with Brett, Ian and Richard just after the Ovum Industry Congress, being held in London from the 23-24 May, so this will be a great opportunity to hear the latest news at Ovum and what’s upcoming, and find out more about Ovum’s strategy and how this is developing.

In addition, David Treacher (Industry AR Manager, Dassault Systemes) will be sharing his insights on how he runs a global AR programme. This will be an opportunity to share experiences and views of the analyst companies that we all typically work with.

Plus there will be updates from IIAR Board member, David Rossiter and the IIAR UK chapter.

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Social Media In the Eyes of Asia-Pacific Analysts

Last week, IIAR Board Member and APJ Chapter Lead – Dave Noble – presented his findings from the latest Intelligen annual survey* on what analysts are looking for from AR in APJ. Discussion focused on social media and what this means for the AR professional.

According to analysts in APJ the number one social media channel is LinkedIn. On average, 61% of APJ analysts use LinkedIn for research “often” or “sometimes”. This echoes sentiments expressed by a panel of analysts at the IIAR’s UK Forum last September. It seems that while analysts have mixed opinions over the real value of LinkedIn, most use it for some form of research and to a lesser extent, for promotion.

In India, LinkedIn is a particularly popular platform with 90% usage, for a mix of both research and promotion. You may be interested to read this article about what recruiters look at when reviewing LinkedIn profiles.

Source: Intelligen Pty Ltd, April 2012

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More stars move into the Constellation

The Constellation Research team at the IIAR London Forum, March 2012The IIAR’s UK chapter had a highly interactive discussion on March 14 thanks to the presence of Constellation Research‘s R “Ray” Wang (@rwang0)  and three star analysts who’ve joined his firm as vice-presidents and principal analysts: Alea Fairchild (@afairch), Charles Brett (@charlesbrett) and Paul Papadimitriou (@papadimitriou).

The meeting at the IIAR London Forum, organised by Simon Levin in the plush Bell Pottinger, HQ heard a pointed discussion on the development of new value propositions in the analyst industry, reflected by the successful growth of Constellation, which only launched in 2010. Continue Reading →

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Drinks with Constellation Research: London – Wednesday 14th March

In London tomorrow and want to meet R “Ray” Wang (@rwang0, LinkedIn) and other members of the Constellation Research team?

This is your chance.

Constellation Research and the IIAR are organising drinks at a bar in central London (Chancery Lane area) on Wednesday 14th March 2012, from 6.15pm.

As well as Ray, we’re delighted to have Paul Papadamitriou, Alea Fairchild and Charles Brett from Constellation Research join us.

If you’re in AR and would like to come along, then please email David Rossiter for details or DM @iiar.

(The drinks start after tomorrow’s IIAR Forum when Ray and his colleagues will be talking.  Do let David know if you’d also like to attend that as well as – or instead of – drinks!)

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