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 →

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 →

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…

Analysts: When you’re looking for a briefing – help me to help you

As much as Analyst Relations professionals spend time pitching briefings to analysts, we also spend alot of time fielding briefing requests from analysts with specific needs whodon’t always appreciate how much work is required to set up a briefing. Before we actually get everyone in the same room or on the phone, we AR professionals… Read More →

Where lies the boundary?

Interesting post by Carter Lusher from Sage Circle lasty week: Spoon feed analysts public information « SageCircle Blog Is it AR’s job to do the research for analysts? Or put differently, where’s the boundary between the analysts’ research job and AR’s job of providing information? What do you think? Share this…

TGIF!

A Friday post, just to wind-up my friends at IDC and DQ (Hi Claus, Fabs, Eric, Chris, Ivano, Bo, Angela, Bob… and all the ones I forget!) From Dilbert.com And a serious thought as well: would more transparency in the research process help with objectivity and vendor independence? Share this…

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 →

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 →

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 →