[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… Read More →

Gartner gets the IDEAs from Forrester

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… Read More →

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… Read More →

[GUEST POST] The Wi-Fi isn’t working!

I’m here at an analyst conference, trying to combine a seamless online and offline experience. The presentations are compelling, the panel discussions are lively, and I should be using social media to augment and amplify the information I’m soaking up from my seat in the second-to-back row. Except that I can’t. Because, as usual, the Wi-Fi… Read More →

IIAR AR Cafe at Infosec – London, UK

On Tuesday 24th April, 5-7pm BST, the IIAR will be hosting an informal get together for IIAR members, AR professionals and analysts. For those of you attending the Infosec event, we thought you might be grateful for an excuse to relax with colleagues over drinks, after a busy day of meetings and seminars. It’s an… Read More →

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… Read More →

Best practice AR at the Mobile World Congress: panel discussion highlights

Yesterday the IIAR had a great turn-out for its teleconference on best practice analyst relations at the Mobile World Congress this February in Barcelona. The discussion was exceptional and the featured panelists included: • AMDOCS, Brian McManus • CCS Insight, Ben Wood • Ericsson, Peter Olofsson • Vodafone, Janine Aitken-Young. Here are some of the… Read More →

[Guest post] Blogger relations at SAP

My take. SAP understood early on that traditional corporate communications has shifted from a message-based orientation to identifying, building, and nurturing relationships with influencers. Despite the maturity and excellence of its program, however, SAP now faces competition in blogging relations from other enterprise vendors, some of whom are catching up quickly. To maintain its lead,… Read More →

[GUEST POST] Briefing tips and best practices from Lisa Rowan / IDC

Our guest post today is from Lisa Rowan (Twitter handle: @lisarowan), IDC’s Program Director for HR, Learning and Talent Strategies.  Read on for Lisa’s tips for briefing analysts from the analyst perspective. There are excellent resources available to assist the AR profession including IIAR but on this side of the briefing table, it seems like… Read More →

WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Gideon Gartner on the IIAR Blog!

Well, almost…. Ovum kindly gave us an exclusive for the video below. Following Datamonitor’s re-launch of their consolidated IT research brands under the Ovum name, they have held two back to back events in London and New York: Collaborative Intelligence launch event. The London event featured “the Patriarch” Gideon Gartner (the founder of Gartner and… Read More →

From the horse’s mouth

We tweeted earlier this week about some changes afoot at the Horses (formally known as HfS Research) and Phil came back galloping with some comments, which we’re only too happy to relay below. This answers a few questions indeed. I’ll write up something later. (more…) Share this…

[Job Posting] PR/AR Manager – Tampa, US

Public Relations/Analyst Relations Manager for I.T. Asset Management & Service Management Software – Tampa, Florida THE COMPANY AND SITUATION: A global leader in the provision of Service Management and Asset Management software solutions to I.T. Professionals now has a market-beating USP and requires an articulate person with experience in either or both of Public Relations… Read More →

[IIAR Teleconference] Phones hot up over a crisis in the industry

Last week the IIAR hosted a discussion group in which members directly tackled issues relating to the industry affecting both analysts and analyst relations professionals. Led by Ed Gyurko, IIAR Board member, the conversation addressed how AR professionals can better communicate with analysts and get stronger internal buy-in. Duncan Chapple, MD  (Lighthouse AR) told members,… Read More →

Four ways analysts must respond to the crisis

The IIAR’s developing discussion on the crisis in AR (reflected by analysts’ declining comfort in recommending solutions) took interesting turn recently. In the the institute’s second conference call on the topic, I was asked to spell out suggestions for how analysts can reverse the falling quality of information sharing by vendors, which is the root… Read More →

Around Michael von Uechtritz / Gartner in 10 Questions

Today, we’re delighted to welcome Michael von Uechtritz, Research Director with the Outsourcing and IT Services research team at Gartner, into the interview hotseat. What are your coverage areas? Business and IT Consulting What are your opinions of the IT Analysis Marketplace and where do you see it going? With some businesses being challenged by… Read More →

Analysis 2.0 = now?

Great post from Jeremiah Owyang from Forrester on the The 7 Tenets of the Connected Analyst. My question to him is: how do you devise a research agenda and how maintain the right distance to separate reporting/blogging from analysis when your online life is connected, virtual and immediate? Share this…

Around David Mitchell / Ovum in 10 questions

We have the pleasure today of  welcoming David Mitchell, Senior Vice President, IT Research, Ovum and Research Fellow, Datamonitor Group. David has his own blog on IT issues in Asian and other emerging economies: Geosophical Technologies. What are your coverage areas? Very wide. I’ve published about a range of things. In terms of industry verticals I’ve… 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 →