[GUEST POST] Crunching the analyst firm numbers – what do they tell us about Gartner, Forrester, IDC & others?
Not all IT research is about numbers, but the IT analyst business definitely is. It’s a business after all, and if you don’t make the numbers, you don’t have a business. But what’s interesting is how many different ways there are to make the numbers stack up.
It’s somewhat ironic that while IT analyst firms often rely on public – and private – disclosure of information from both vendors and end-user organisations to make their prognostications, they often don’t like to reveal too much about their own businesses. The big public firms, Gartner & Forrester, disclose good detail about their revenues to meet their statutory requirements, and perhaps a little more, while the private firms tend to be fairly vague. Continue reading
Analysts and IIAR members alike had a lot of fun at this year’s Christmas party in London on 6th December 2012. More than 60 people came along. With over 30 analysts attending from companies including Gartner, Forrester, IDC, Ovum, Frost & Sullivan, Informa, Celent, CCS Insight, Creative Intellect Consulting, AMI Partners, EuroLAN Research, Freeform Dynamics, PAC UK, Plum Consulting, RedMonk, Verdantix, Analysys Mason, Bloor Research, it sure was a great opportunity for IIAR members (including people from Microsoft, Accenture, BearingPoint, CSC, TCS, Symantec, Atos, Deloitte, Dassault Systemes, Tieto, Avaya) to network with their target analysts as well as peers. A big thanks to all those who were able to make it, we sure had a great time! Continue reading
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AND THE WINNERS ARE…
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Gartner. Forrester. IDC. And lots of smaller fish, too. You can’t read a tech-industy news story, attend a conference or listen to a sales pitch without someone quoting an industry analyst. For tech companies, analysts are big news and big business, promising to help with transformation, monetization and a slew of other things ending in “-ation.”
But what do technology industry analysts really do? And how do you find the one that’s right for your company’s needs. Let me try to explain, from the inside. You see, from 1999 through 2001, I was an analyst at Jupiter Research, now part of Forrester Research.
It seems Gene took Gartner‘s shopping trolley on a jumbo to Oz this week and a page from George‘s book: the research firm just announced it was buying Ideas International [ASX:IDE] was established in 1981 as a consultancy service and since 1986 has provided its special brand of research to IT users and vendors. This acquisition is still subject to regulatory and other approvals.
This move has a strong reminiscence from Forrester’s purchase of Springboard last year (read our post:Forrester joins the feeding frenzy, buys Springboard)
Wine connoisseurs take as much pleasure talking about drink than savouring it…. so let me indulge you into an analogy between research firms and some of my favourites.
As with fine wines and corporate buying trends, so goes analyst firms. The shift of power from IT to Business signifies a move from Wine to Champagne….
- Client base and research approach
- There’s a wine analogy there: Gartner is like a Bordeaux (predictable blends) and Forrester is more like a Burgundy (more variable but sometimes great). Continue reading