Frédéric Munch named President of the Board of Pierre Audoin Consultants

December 15, 2011 – The Supervisory Board of Pierre Audoin Consultants (PAC), European leader in market research and strategic consulting on the software and IT services market, has named Frédéric Munch as Head of the Board. Frédéric Munch will take official charge of his new responsibilities from December 15, 2011. Frédéric Munch brings with him a rich… Read More →

Cloud Set to Dominate 2012

The UK’s recent IIAR Forum saw both IDC and Ovum present their predictions for the IT industry in 2012. Cloud came through as the area of focus for 2012 and will be the dominant platform. While SaaS spend will be more discretionary, PaaS will be the fastest growing platform accounting for 80% of the volume… Read More →

HfS Research and Sylvan Advisory combine to form HfS Consulting – a service line of HfS Research

HfS Research announces revolutionary new on-demand service division to support enterprises with complex decision-making around outsourcing and business operations strategy New York, New York, November 29th, 2011 – HfS Research, the leading global analyst advisory firm covering outsourcing and shared services strategies, today announced it has joined forces with Sylvan Advisory to form HfS Consulting. … Read More →

TGIF – analyst magic quadrant

Funny post here with a “Magic Quadrant” (albeit a 3×3 matrix rather than 2×2): (Humor) The Rosetta Stone of IT Industry Analysts | ZDNet Well worth a read if you have a minute. More seriously, the point is all about selecting analysts in function of the intended audience and desired results. IMHO, tiering should be… Read More →

IIAR APJ Forum and Christmas Drinks – Sydney, Australia

The IIAR APJ will be getting together ahead of the Christmas holidays for an in-person Forum and networking drinks on Tuesday 6 December in Sydney. The IIAR APJ Forum meeting will be held from 4pm – 6pm in North Sydney to discuss member requirements and plans for the coming year. This is a members-only session…. Read More →

IIAR Appoints New USA West Coast Chapter Lead

I am delighted to announce that Hannah Hyman has been appointed as our new Chapter Lead representing the IIAR west coast. Hannah is currently part of the IT Influencer Relations team at SAP, covering analyst relations for Services and Support topics. Hannah has been in the technology industry for most of her career. Most recently,… Read More →

IIAR UK Gets Festive!

IIAR FORUM and CHRISTMAS NETWORKING WITH THE ANALYSTS  Thursday 8th  December, 3pm onwards   What better way to end the year with than to hear about analyst predictions for 2012 and then meet with your analyst buddies and AR colleagues at an informal networking event over a celebratory glass. It’s an action-packed afternoon with two analyst presentations plus… Read More →

IIAR USA Virtual Forum: 2012 Predictions

A distinguished panel of US analyst experts will be discussing hot trends for 2012 in the world of IT services and software for 1-hour on Wednesday 30th November at 11am ET / 8am PT / 4pm GMT. Guest speakers: Phil Fersht, Founder & CEO, HfS Research Mark Smith, CEO & Chief Research Officer, Ventana Research Moderator:… Read More →

Gartner clocks up the hype cycle

Gartner just released the successor (but not a replacement) to the Hype Cycle: the Gartner IT Market Clock The press release is here: Gartner IT Market Clock Tell us what you think and how it will impact you! Share this…

Is shooting on the referee productive?

Originally posted here: Contentious conversations in analyst relations As a side note, shooting on the referee rarely helps -the IIAR now has a best practice paper on how to deal with the Gartner Magic quadrants available to our member on our extranet. Contentious conversation 1 – integrity of analysts and the future of AR Blog my… Read More →

Best practices for managing the Forrester Wave

Last week IIAR hosted a call with AR professionals about sharing best practices for managing the Forrester Wave. The IIAR last month published a paper about the Wave, which outlined common best practices in dealing with this high profile research report. Forrester is also in the middle of reviewing changes to the methodology, although it has… Read More →

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,… Read More →

Jeff Mann on Symposium

Jeff Mann from Gartner has posted an interesting account on How Gartner Symposium Happens. While it won’t be new news to seasonned AR professionals, it should still be worked in your AR plan to time key tactics and ensure your key analysts understand your company positioning and roadmap before they’re on stage. Share this…

Ray Wang named IIAR Analyst of the Year 2009

London, 25 August 2009: The Institute of Industry Analyst Relations (IIAR) today named Ray Wang, most recently Vice President, Principal Analyst with Forrester Research Inc., as its Analyst of the Year for the second year running. Ray was nominated by a global survey of 137 analyst relations professionals. Runners up for the title were Jon Collins… Read More →

[Job Posting] Large ICT Company Seeks AR Manager – Mumbai, India

Manager, Corporate Analyst Relations The Industry Analyst Relations (AR) program of this firm is organized to leverage the resources of the industry analyst community; inbound for learning and outbound for influence.  As an integral part of Corporate Marketing, this function will be directed by a Corporate AR Center of Excellence (CoE) and implemented with the… Read More →

So Where AR You Going? – part 1

I first encountered the heady world of AR in 1997 as a lowly account executive. The PR agency I worked for, Text 100, was the main agency for Microsoft in Europe. It had a very, very small AR programme which was passed around and found its way to me. That’s where my AR journey began…. Read More →

Gartner Wields the Most Influential Influencers, Peers, Not Analysts

A Glimpse into Peer Connect Every AR person knows that many of the most influential analysts in the information technology industry work at Gartner.  But analysts are not the most influential influencers out there, peers are – IT buyers and practitioners most trust the insights of other IT buyers and practitioners who have been through… Read More →

Dealing with AR

In this article, Alan Pelz-Sharpe, Principal with CMS Watch and former VP North America for Ovum, shares some very interesting insights on AR from the analyst’s perspective. Some tips on how not to deal with a critical ‘independent’ analyst I have been an analyst and commentator for 10 years now – for most of that… Read More →

Around Josh Krischer from Josh Krischer & Associates in 12 questions

This week, in our continuing series of analyst interviews, Josh Krischer, founder and principal analyst with Josh Krischer & Associates, shares his insight on the IT analysis market. What are your coverage areas? I cover Mainframes, high-end computing, storage, disaster recovery techniques and data center consolidation. What are your opinions of the IT Analysis Marketplace… Read More →

Blog readership continues to double

Readership of the IIAR’s blog has continued to rise over the last few months. In fact, the number of visitors doubled in February, March and April. David’s post on Ethics and Independence Among Industry Analysts has caught huge attention, as has Jonny’s Analyst of the year survey. The next most-read article was about our 2007… Read More →

Around R. David Hofferberth of Service Performance Insight in 12 questions

Continuing our series of analyst interviews, next into the hotseat is David Hofferberth, from Service Performance Insights, one of the few analysts covering the Professional Services market -a huge but little spoken about industry. What are your coverage areas? I cover business applications that are used in the professional services sector. Traditionally, these have boiled… Read More →

IDG to merge IDC with Gartner?

We have heard today (from three sources) that IDG, the parent of IDC, intends to buy Silver Lake Partners’ share in Gartner and the holdings of CEO Eugene Hall. As part of the deal Neil Bradford, former head of Forrester Americas, and Anthony Parslow, until recently head of Datamonitor, will replace Gene Hall as co-CEOs…. Read More →

Around Clive Longbottom from Quocirca in 10 questions

This ’email interview’ is the first of -we hope- a long series, in which we will open the IIAR Blog to analysts and get their insight on the industry. Being the quickest off the mark, the privilege to test this format comes to Clive Longbottom, the founder of Quocirca. Read below on his unabridged views… Read More →

How do we decide that analysts are important?

A recent piece by Lighthouse Analyst Relations on “bloggers vs. analysts” raises some interesting questions about whether and how firms should target their limited AR resources. One argument says that AR professionals should focus their efforts only on those analysts who have the most direct influence on sales by advising end users, and that because of the… Read More →