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 publishes MQ FAQ

The Gartner Ombudswoman has just blogged >link< about a new frequently asked questions document on the Gartner Magic Quadrant. Overall it’s really useful and contains many points that AR pros should know. For instance, did you know the analysts had to raise a business case for every new MQ? This is meant to limit their… Read More →

Social media for the APJ AR pro

IIAR Asia-Pacific recently held a virtual forum to discuss social media. It was a great opportunity to talk more about one of the current hot topics in the AR industry and how it relates to the local APJ markets. Discussion centred on different uses of varying social media channels leading to the conclusion that social… Read More →

IIAR Bangalore Forum meet to discuss the Indian AR community

The recent IIAR Bangalore Forum, hosted by Aarti Patil (WNS / IIAR India Chapter Lead) proved a huge success and the perfect networking opportunity for AR professionals in India. Discussion focused on key highlights of the changing landscape of the Indian analyst relations (AR) community. This encompassed the evolving approach needed, maturing expectations and tools… Read More →

Softcopy formats

I first need to start this post with an apology to Merv, as I’ve kept calling him Adrian -it’s probably that it sounded more like a first name than Merv to my little French brain. So, apologies Adrian Merv! Anyway, Merv started a poll on should AR Provide Soft Copies of Briefing Content? and asked me… Read More →

MQs, accreditation and a debate on IT services – all in the same evening

Those of us fortunate enough to be able to attend* yesterday’s IIAR Forum enjoyed a treat. Ed Gyurko presented the latest IIAR whitepaper on Magic Quadrant submissions (available from Monday, free of charge to members).  It will prove immensely useful to those who have to work on the seminal Gartner reports. Following Ed was David… Read More →

Don’t forget analysts have a unique vantage point

Carter usefully reminds us, via a post from Jeremiah Omywang, that analysts can do their jobs (provide detailed analysis on market trends and ICT vendor strategies) because they have gained over time un-matched access to leaders at ICT vendors: Access to those with access – One reason why end users buy analyst advisory subscriptions «… Read More →

IIAR research highlights importance of International AR

As a result of doing some research on International AR practices and gaining input during the January IIAR forum in London, the following paper on “Why do International Analyst Relations matter?” (subscribers only) is now available to all IIAR members. As AR professionals, we all are familiar with the value and sales influence of industry… Read More →

Gartner engages in debates on their blog

Following some critical comments from a vendor on a Magic Quadrant, Gartner analyst Andreas Bitterer posted an answer on his own blog: Setting the Record Straight While personally I would not say that publically challenging a research piece is likely to produce a positive outcome for a vendor, it’s refreshing to see a Gartner analyst… Read More →

What’s my job?

I started a draft a long time ago to describe what my job is, and as usual Carter was quicker off the mark 🙂  He wrote a nice one on Defining “Analyst Relations” (SageCircle Blog), see my comment below his post. What do you think AR is? I also bookmarked a while back those links:… Read More →

5 Criteria for Right-Sizing AR Teams

Note:  This was cross-posted from IIAR board member Evan Quinn’s blog: link. An AR friend of mine recently asked if there was a formula or guideline for right-sizing AR teams. Unfortunately, there is no simple formula to the staffing question, but off the top of my head there are five factors that contribute to determining… Read More →

[Job Posting] Strategy Analytics Seeks Analyst for Enterprise Mobility

In order to extend our research leadership in enterprise mobility, Strategy Analytics, is offering an outstanding career opportunity for a disciplined and results-driven team member to join our Wireless Enterprise Strategies (WES) team. A strong desire for success, visibility in a highly dynamic industry, and a background within the wireless telecommunications, enterprise IT and/or market… Read More →

Reminder to Register for the March 24 IIAR London Forum

The next IIAR London Forum is scheduled for Thursday, March 24th, from 3:45 to 6:30pm in Central London.  The guest session will feature Gartner analysts,Alexander Drobik, Group Team Manager, Business Applications and Processes research team, and Jeff Golterman, GVP, Product Management in Gartner’s High Tech and Telecom Programs business unit. We still have a few places left,… Read More →

March IIAR London Forum Features Gartner

The next IIAR London Forum is scheduled for Thursday, March 24th, from 3:45 to 6:30pm in Central London.  The guest session will feature Gartner analysts, Alexander Drobik, Group Team Manager, Business Applications and Processes research team, and Jeff Golterman, GVP, Product Management in Gartner’s High Tech and Telecom Programs business unit. Members should RSVP to… 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 →

A dream for a collaborative AR platform

Gartner Inc. (NYSE:IT) came around yesterday for the IIAR forum at CA’s offices (thanks to Geoff Dorrington for hosting). So, thank you Aaron Yaverski (GVP High Tech Provider Product Management) and Andrew Rosenblatt (from Product Development). They presented some of the roadmap for the “Gartner for AR” offering and this got me thinking…The first thing… Read More →

Gartner to present at IIAR January Forum

Aaron Yaverski, GVP High Tech Provider Product Management for Gartner, will be our guest speaker at the next IIAR Forum on January 31. Forums are open to IIAR members. For more information, please contact IIAR Secretary Hannah Kirkman. Share this…

IIAR members feel Forrester rise, Bloor falls

At Thursday’s IIAR forum in London I presented results from a recent survey of vendor-side Analyst Relations managers. It asked how influential they rated certain analyst firms as being, and then whether they are rising of falling in influence. Credit for the survey belongs to Jonny Bentwood and the others on the IIAR’s survey working… Read More →