IIAR Gartner exclusive: Your questions answered on great presentations

Ever spent a frustrated hour arguing with an executive on why you shouldn’t have 30 slides for a 30-minute presentation? Or time and again had to insist that a Gartner VP doesn’t need to be told about basic market trends proven with stats from a competing analyst firm? The IIAR, working with the Gartner AR… Read More →

Simon Levin / Skills Connections (IIAR, 2013)

[Guest Post] Does the consulting approach beat published research?

By: Simon Levin, The Skills Connection / IIAR UK Co-Chapter Lead We saw an interesting blogging spat last week between Stanton Jones of ISG and Lydia Leong at Gartner, with the flames fanned by tweeted comments from Phil Fersht of HfS. The row was centred on some research published recently by Lydia on managed hosting providers, but… Read More →

IIAR Teleconference: KCG and Intelligen present an APJ view of the global analyst landscape

Due to popular demand we will once again be holding KCG’s presentation on the global analyst landscape. It proved a huge hit among US and EMEA AR audiences so we would like to extend the opportunity to those of you in Asia-Pacific to take part. The teleconference will be held on Wednesday 6th June at… Read More →

[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] Analyst Relations Basics – part one

I generally contend that AR programmes can have three levels of sophistication. Today I will look at the most basic (and ineffective) level and I’ll follow it up with a discussion of more advanced AR over the next couple of days. Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinemailGoogle+Pinterest

Next IIAR discussion group on linking AR with sales

Our next monthly discussion group teleconference is next Monday, February 22nd, on the topic of linking AR with sales. The call will be lead by Ed Gyurko, who is currently authoring a Best Practice white paper on this topic for the IIAR. Ed will be joined by Allen Valahu from Accenture. IIAR members who would… Read More →

Gartner is growing, its end-user influence as well

Interesting comment from Carter in his post about Gartner’s earnings Gartner Q4 and full year 2009 earnings – implications for analyst relations and research clients » SageCircle Blog: AR teams should use Gartner’s growth in enterprise clients as an education tool with stakeholders and executive sponsors. Rather than experiencing shrinking influence in this recession, Gartner… Read More →

[GUEST POST] Measuring online influence

This second post on online influence looks at how one might measure influence using online metrics. Those do not measure whether a target community is influenced by online channels. So, if online metrics if they don’t, if they measure a vague notion of industry activity or sentiment, then do they really reflect the ecosystem of… Read More →

Downfall: Gartner MQ and learnings

In this post and in the comment, AR professionals and analysts will find useful tips and best practices on the Gartner Mqgic Quadrant (also applies to the Forrester Wave and IDC Insights Short Lists). Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinemailGoogle+Pinterest

[Guest Post] Have online channels changed the nature of influence?

So, are analysts influencing via online channels? How is influence really conveyed by analysts to decision makers? Has it moved mainly to online or is it still by telephone enquiries and face-to-face advice? Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinemailGoogle+Pinterest

[GUEST POST] Vendors: suggestions to maximize briefing value, by Carol Rozwell / Gartner

Carol Rozwell from Gartner (blog, @CRozwell, bio) kindly allowed us to reproduce here her post on Vendors: suggestions to maximize briefing value. It neatly complement her peer Linda Rowan from IDC’s Briefing tips and best practices.   Last week, I was treated to a number of interesting vendor briefings, the most engaging of which was… Read More →

[Guest Post] Identifying influencers by apparent importance vs real trust

Analyst relations professionals are dealing with more types of analysts and analyst-like influencers every day. How do you know who’s important among these new faces? Some insights from a pharma influencer relations study can give you fresh perspectives on identifying, differentiating and prioritizing your AR targets. Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinemailGoogle+Pinterest

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 →

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 →

Around Ray Wang from Forrester in 10 questions

This week we have the pleasure of interviewing R “Ray” Wang from Forrester Research. In his spare time, he also contributes to the insightful Software Insiders blog. Thanks to Ray for his insights on the Software industry and also some thought provoking views on the IT Analysis industry too. What are your coverage areas? Research… 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 →

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 →