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Who’s really shaping the digital future?

Professor Neil Pollock (Linkedin, @neilpollock) looks at the role industry analysts play in creating today’s markets and asks: Who is shaping this dynamic digital world?…

Neil Pollock IIAR

The words digital economy conjure images of young, tech-savvy entrepreneurs breaking molds in a world where technology is disruptive. But could the reality be much more mundane and mercantile? Continue Reading →

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Meet the 2016 IIAR board

IIAR Logo SmallTo ensure continuity in the new year, the IIAR board opted to open two positions for 2016, to replace Debleena Paul and John Gallaher who both wished to step down.

The board would like to thank them for their support in 2015 and is looking forward to John and Debleena’s continued engagement.

Two candidates have stepped forward for those positions and therefore were confirmed immediately. From January, the new board for the next 12 months is presented below. Continue Reading →

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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 Election Results – The New 2015 Board

IIAR Logo SmallThe IIAR is delighted to announce the election results of its new Board Members for 2015. Following a transitional board meetings in January the new board will be effective for 12 months.

  Debleena Paul (@Debleena_Paul, LinkedInIndustry Analyst Relations Lead at SapientNitro Europe: Location, UK.
Yvonne Kaupp (@YveKauppLinkedIn) Analyst & Sourcing Advisor Relations at T-Systems International. Location, France.
Ludovic Leforestier Ludovic Leforestier (@lludovicLinkedIn), AR Director – firm wide at BearingPoint. Location, UK
John Gallagher (LinkedIn), Director at Brunswick Group. Location: San Francisco Bay Area, USA
Robert De Souza (@robert_desouza) Director – Advisor Relations at Cognizant Technology Solutions. Location, UK.

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“Wet Paint” ~ Refreshed IIAR Website

Refresh_1The IIAR is excited to announce the launch of our newly designed, fully refreshed, version of this IIAR Blog/Website, which goes live over this weekend, (4th and 5th, October 2014). Hopefully the transition will be smooth and the IIAR web presence will have a fresh new look over this weekend. Please excuse interruption in normal service during the change-over and any “construction in progress” pages, they will be updated soon. If you have any questions or feedback please feel free to contact us at info (at) analystrelations (dot) org

We hope you like it ! 

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The IIAR UK Summer Networking event is back, Bigger and Better than ever!

For this year’s IIAR Summer Party and Networking Event we have exclusive use of a stunning penthouse bar overlooking London (right next to St Paul’s Cathedral). With 80+ analysts attending (and growing), no queuing for one-on-one meetings and drinks plus food all evening why endure the conference scene?

When: 15th July 2014 at 5pm (UK) until late
Where: Central London overlooking St Pauls. Free for IIAR Members, register (here). £75 for non-members, fully redeemable against membership. Full details here.

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First German IIAR Stammtisch kicks off

The first German IIAR Stammtisch will kick off on Tuesday, 24th June, at 5pm CET at Cordobar, located in the famous Glockenback district of downtown Munich on, at Ickstattstraße 1a.

This is a must-attend event for Analyst Relations professionals working in Germany, or with German-focused analysts. The IIAR is building a community of AR pros in Germany and we’re getting together to network and discuss German-specific elements of AR. Continue Reading →

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IIAR Analyst Relations Professional of the Year 2014 – and the winner is…

IIAR AR Professional of the YearSo here’s what you’ve all been waiting for – perhaps you’re wondering, “Is it someone I know? Could it be me?!” Well, before we get that far, let’s take a good look at ourselves to determine if we deserve the recognition or not.

As mentioned in the previous post, analysts did get the opportunity to give feedback not just on what AR pros do well and how well they do it, but also on what they don’t do well. Here are some examples of – ahem – bad practices which we are sure none of the top AR pros would ever engage in… Continue Reading →

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Announcing the 2014 IIAR Analyst Relations Team of the Year

IIAR AR Team of the Year 2014

Working for a large IT or Telco vendor brings many perks but it’s not all plain-sailing. Having worked for the likes of HP and IBM, we know a thing or two about life in the megavendor fast lane: long hours, multiple internal stakeholders to please, ever-increasing targets to meet, ever-decreasing resources at your disposal, and of course even larger numbers of analysts with more varied coverages to service.

We also know that AR programs can vary widely from one large vendor to another, which is why we wanted to provide a ranking of these firms. We initially wanted to have a ranking of the ‘top 10’ megavendors, but we soon discovered that there are not that many companies which fit the criteria. In order to keep things serious, we established a cut-off point of revenues over US$20 billion, and in order to bring as wide a bearing as possible to the term ‘megavendor’, we decided to stipulate that those vendors should sell a mix of at least three of the following: IT hardware, networking equipment, telecommunication services, enterprise software, IT services and outsourcing, Business consulting. Continue Reading →

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On the trail of the Analyst Relations Professional of the Year

IIAR AR Professional of the YearIf you have ever had enough money to pay for the services of an AR agency, no doubt you will have run a survey or two to evaluate how well your AR practice is performing. However these surveys – by their nature – remain proprietary information and the industry has never looked itself in the face as a whole to see what it looks like across the board.
Enter the IIAR with the idea to run a survey of all the analysts across the globe, to see what they think en masse of the Analyst Relations community. The idea is simple: for the past few years we have run a survey among AR professionals to find out who is the favourite analyst of the year, but now the tables are turned and it’s the analysts’ turn to vote on who is the favourite AR professional of the year…

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The IIAR opens its German Chapter

As an analyst relations manager you may ask yourself the question: Should I do any specific German AR? Should I run an activity at CeBIT in Hanover, or at the Supercomputing show in Leipzig or set up exclusive f2f meetings with analysts at some location like Munich or Frankfurt, and maybe do it in local language? Should I send my stakeholders to a local analyst event like the Gartner CIO summit in Berlin?

How does the German analyst landscape look like. Which industry and analyst events are relevant? How big is the German analyst firms’ influence? Continue Reading →

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New Face on the IIAR Board – Thank-you Hannah, Hello Allen

With experience leading the US, West Coast IIAR Chapter and on the IIAR Board Hannah Hyman now has a new role in life, as a Mother. Congratulations from all go to Hannah on her first born child; at least working in Analyst Relations is good training for long days and short nights ! Amongst the many roles Hannah undertook for the IIAR Hannah looked after the Forrester relationship and IIAR Certification and for all her tireless work we all send our grateful thanks and very best wishes. Thank-you Hannah !

The IIAR Board is a busy team and we cannot be without a board member for long, so joining the Board is Allen Valahu – Welcome ! Allen is currently Global Industry Analyst Managing Director at Accenture  where he had worked for nearly 15 years. With roles in Media Relations, Corporate Communications as well as Analyst Relations Allen brings a wealth of experience to the IIAR Board. Allen is full of ideas for the IIAR and is keen to commit time amongst his busy schedule to the team. As an American based in Paris Allen will bring an US, Mid-Atlantic and European perspective to the team. So, welcome to the board Allen, we all look forward to meeting you at the next event !

Having mentioned “certification” (above) it would be remiss not to remind all the IIAR offers Professional Certification to both IIAR Members and non-members. So why not add a new line to your CV ? Full details are available here.

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Election Results: The New IIAR Board

The IIAR is delighted to announce the election results of its new Board Members effective as of 7 January 2013 for 12 months.

Agi Donnithorne Agi (Agnieszka) Donnithorne (@agi_A, LinkedIn)Analyst and Influencer Relations, Account Director at LoudhouseLocation: London, UK
Caroline_Dennington Caroline Dennington (@CDennington, Linkedin)Director, Analyst Relations EMEA at SymantecLocation: London, UK
Hannah Hyman Hannah Hyman (@bgeeke, LinkedIn)Analyst Relations Manager at SAPLocation: Seattle, USA
Ludovic Leforestier Ludovic Leforestier (@lludovic, LinkedIn), AR Director – firm wide at BearingPointLocation: London, UK
Simon Levin Simon Levin (@theskillsconxn ,LinkedIn)MD, The Skills Connection
Location: London, UK

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IIAR Board Election open! Cast your votes now!

Voting for the IIAR board election is now open! All IIAR members in good standing should have received the candidate profiles and a ballot paper. If you are a member in good standing and have not received these items please contact Keith Mitchell at: [email protected].

Voting closes on 31 December, so please be sure to cast your vote before then. Thanks.

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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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New IIAR Board member: Welcome Simon Levin

We wanted to let you know that unfortunately Karsten Scherer has decided to step down from the IIAR Board because of unforeseen personal and work commitments.   We’re sorry that he’s leaving us and would like to thank him for his contribution.  We hope that he’ll able to support the growth and development of the IIAR in other ways in the coming months.

We have asked Simon Levin to take over the vacant board position for the remaining six months of this Board’s tenure effective immediately. Simon was the candidate who received the next highest number of votes in last year’s election.

We’re delighted that Simon’s joining the Board (he’s already proved an invaluable contributor to the UK Chapter) and are looking forward to working with him. If you want to find out more about Simon you can connect with him via LinkedIn or twitter or read more via his blog.

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Improvements Are In the Works!

One of the IIAR Board’s goals for 2012 and beyond has been to improve both the depth and frequency of its engagement with IIAR members and the AR community at large. The new Board of Directors has been planning for this, and we’re now moving into “execution mode” to put those plans into action.

We’ll be adding some new upgrades and capabilities to the IIAR web presence, which you should find useful.  To begin to make these operational, we’ll be taking the IIAR web site off-line this coming weekend, from Friday afternoon March 30 through Sunday night April 1.  Don’t panic — everything should be back up and running seamlessly by Monday morning, April 2 if not before.

Stay tuned and watch this space for some exciting news from the IIAR about our new capabilities!

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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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