If your research firm was a car manufacturer, which one would you be? In the early 20th century, there were hundreds of cars manufacturers and automobiles bought by nobility and industrialists. Fast forward to the present day: mass production has made them accessible to virtually all households and there are now fewer than 10 global car manufacturers. The story is much the same for IT, only on a 30-40 year time frame: just like Hispano-Suiza, few remember Prime Computers, and servers are now bought by business types rather than being operated by an army of lab coats. In other words, IT is becoming more normal from all aspects: financial, procurement, usage… yet more pervasive than ever. Just like you would not think of riding on horseback to fetch your loaf of bread, who could do without accessing email on their smartphone? (more…)
[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. (more…)
Analyst events- Is booze better than a booth? Financial Services- Why economic downturn is killing the City but not European FS industry analysts
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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:
- 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).
- 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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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! (more…)
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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. (more…)
AND THE WINNERS ARE…
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This week on Thursday 26th July at 11am ET / 8am PT Ovum’s top management team will once again be making themselves available for your Q&A on the future of Ovum. This will be a similar session to the one run in the UK in May and is a chance for you to hear directly from those setting the company’s strategy and future road map.
There won’t be any presentations, just the chance for you to ask questions that matter to you and affect your AR program. This really is a unique opportunity and we hope as many of you as possible will join us, ready with lots of questions to ask the panel.
- Managing Director - Brett Azuma
- Global Director for IT - Ian Charlesworth
- Global Director for Telecoms - Richard Mahony
- Moderator: Gerry Van Zandt, HP AR / IIAR Board Member
If you would like to attend please email me asap to reserve your place on the call and get the dial-in details. This session is free for IIAR members and $25 for non-members.
Nice post on Ovum by the folks at Loudhouse Blog, reprinted here with their permission. Of course, because it’s a Loudhouse post it’s not the official IIAR position, in case anyone thought otherwise. See also the other Ovum posts on this blog, including the one on our recent IIAR London Forum featuring Ovum’s top management.
Ovum, which has been the leading European-headquartered analyst firm for around twenty years, has been going through a lot of change. That seems to be confusing both the vendor community and analyst relations professionals, who grilled the firm’s management recently. Vendors are questioning Ovum’s relevance now in way we have not seen before. The changes at Ovum are causing these confusions unintentionally but, despite that, the firm remains a key influencer in Europe. (more…)
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.