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Around Amal Nichols from Cisco in 10 questions

Amal Nichols / Cisco on the IIAR websiteIIAR AR Professional of the YearWe have the privilege today to interview this year’s IIAR AR Professional 2018 and heading the  IIAR AR Team of the Year 2018, Amal Nichols (@nicholsamal, LinkedIn),Director, Global Analyst Relations at Cisco. She must be doing something right!

  1. What’s been your career path to becoming an AR pro?

Like many in our field, I started out in Public Relations.During college, I worked at a few San Francisco Bay Area-based television stations and later joined a public relations agency focused on the high tech industry. At the time, there were no dedicated AR functions. PR roles actually included managing relationships with both press and analysts. I also spent a year in Paris working on pan-European PR programs with sister agencies in the UK and Germany. From there I worked on the corporate side at a small networking company. I then decided to start my own PR consulting firm. That’s when the industry was growing exponentially and there were lots of startups looking for help and many mature companies in need of extra support. It gave me a great deal of flexibility, a nice mix of clients and a wide breadth of experience. Cisco hired me as a consultant and after two years, offered me a full time position. That was 12 years ago! Cisco was one of the first companies I knew of that had a dedicated AR function. It was exciting to see the strategic value that AR brought to a business and the respect the function had within Cisco. Continue Reading →

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No penalty shoot out required: the IIAR Analyst Relations Professional of the Year 2018

In the midst of the nation being gripped by World Cup fever, the IIAR Summer Party happened to fall on a historic semi-final appearance by England. But that iconic World Cup Trophy was, of course, very far from being the most important accolade contested tonight.

That’s right – tonight was also the announcement of the IIAR’s much-coveted Analyst Relations Professional of the Year 2018.

The IIAR’s recognition of the capabilities of the analyst relations community is an important moment in our industry – not just because we can celebrate the great work of our friends and peers – but also because it’s an opportunity to gain feedback from analyst themselves. And indeed responses from analysts at over 60 firms are at the core of this methodology and the ensuring awards. They rated over 400 professionals, 85 agencies, 9 megavendors,  and gave the IIAR a comprehensive set of insights on best practices. 

Thanks to the analysts

We asked the analysts to be thorough in their critique. And as AR pros, having committed hours to the completion of numerous research responses, who wouldn’t want the chance to pose some questions back in the other direction?! Fortunately the analyst community were very generous with their time and the depth of feedback. Our profuse thanks to everyone who participated and took time from the barrage of vendor briefings and research obligations to commit to the process.The feedback we sought related directly to the IIAR’s model of the 3Rs of Analyst Relations. Put simply, these are the defining three key traits required for the job. While we’re sure everyone reading this is entirely fluent in the 3Rs, they can be summarised as follows:

  • Responsiveness – analysts expect AR pros to revert back to them in a timely fashion with the information required for their research
  • Relationships – analysts have many stakeholders; they rely on someone that’s easy to deal with always goes that extra mile
  • Results – can AR pros deliver results for their employers?

Full time scores

And so the moment of truth. The referee’s final whistle has gone, there’s no time for video replays and the crowd is on the pitch. Here’s the final score… Continue Reading →

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 Around Renata Barros from Cisco in 10 questions

Logo IIAR AR Professional of the YearThe third winner of the IIAR Analyst Relations Professional of the Year 2017, for Latin America, Renata Barros / Cisco (@RenataBarros, LinkedIn) gives us some insights on how she rose to the challenge and sees influence in her region. Sorry, theatre.

1. What’s been your career path to becoming an AR pro?

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Around Tracy Shouldice / Trend Micro in 10 questions

IIAR AR Professional of the YearTracy Shouldice / Trend Micro (blog, @TracyShouldice, LinkedIn) is the IIAR AR Professional of the Year 2017 – North America and kindly accepted to share a bit about him and what led to this award. Continue Reading →

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Industry analysts have voted! Announcing the IIAR Analyst Professionals and Teams of the Year 2017

The Institute of Industry Analyst Relations (IIAR), the not-for-profit professional association established to raise awareness of analyst relations and the value of industry analysts, has announced the winners of the IIAR Analyst Professional of the Year 2017 and the IIAR AR Team of the Year 2017

Signe Loenberg / Loenberg AR is the IIAR AR Professional of the Year 2017 for the second year running; Cisco moves to the top as IIAR AR Team of the Year 2017

London, Wednesday 12th July 2017 – 20:00 BST. A survey of industry analysts conducted by the Institute of Industry Analyst Relations (IIAR, www.analystrelations.org) looked at the analysts’ perception of how analyst relations (AR) professionals are performing as a whole and compared it with results from the past, according to the ‘IIAR Three Rs’ of AR:

  • Responsiveness
  • Relationship
  • Results

“Whilst responsiveness was the single most important determinant of AR performance last year, a new improved methodology provides unique insights into the evolution in industry analysts’ perception of AR performance,” said Neil Pollock, IIAR Board Member and Professor at Edinburgh University (@neilpollockLinkedIn).

Compared to 2016, the 2017 results showed that of the IIAR 3 R’s of AR, the analysts surveyed most value the ‘result’ over aspects like relationship and responsiveness. Results are whether the AR professional is able to deliver on the information the analyst is looking for; whilst responsiveness measures the timeliness and reliability of AR professionals to respond to analyst requests/needs; and the relationship is how well the AR professional cultivates and enhances the interaction with analysts, including aspects like trust and honesty. Our interpretation of the data is that whilst the analysts still value turnaround and good communication AR professionals will increasingly also need to understand the specifics of the individual analyst firm, how the analysts works and what they want.

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Around Susan Prakasam from Microsoft in 10 questions

Today we ask our probing questions of Susan Prakasam from Microsoft. Singapore based Susan (LinkedIn, @suprakasam) is the Analyst lead for Microsoft Asia, and she won AR Professional of the Year for APAC in 2016. susan-prakasam-microsoft 

Questions:

  1. What’s been your career path to becoming an AR pro?

My longest stint has been in sales & business development before becoming an analyst. Both roles continue to hold value in my current avatar as an AR pro. The foundation in sales keeps me grounded in being customer centric and oriented to how analysts are best served to influence them, and my stint as an analyst helps me understand the regional landscape of analyst houses and the strengths each firm delivers on based on how it is structured and the methodology that is their unique proposition.

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IIAR AR Professional of the Year 2016 profile: Peggy O’Neill

Peggy O'NeillPeggy O’Neill, Senior Director, Analyst Relations at Informatica,  (@pegoneillLinkedIn) is the IIAR AR Professional of the Year 2016 for North America. In this interview, she discloses a few best AR practices from her own shop.

  1. What’s been your career path to becoming an AR pro?
    I was a former analyst at Gartner and Nielsen/NetRatings and Oracle recruited me to head its analyst relations program in 2001.

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