The 451 Group and Tech:Touchstone: A good match of cultures and vision

Last week saw yet another acquisition by The 451 Group. This time, it was the turn of the events division who snapped up Tech:Touchstone, including its innovative CEO, Simeon Turner (ex Gartner events). Tech:Touchstone is no stranger to The 451 Group having developed a strong partnership over the past four years, so this seems a logical step to continue exploring what IT decision makers are looking for from a technical events standpoint plus, progress what Tech:Touchstone knows is a tried and tested event format. It also means both companies can maximize on the strongly cultivated database which will allow them to expand through various sectors and locations including moves into Moscow, Singapore and Hong Kong. Continue reading

IIAR Café at Gartner Symposium, Orlando – 17 Oct 2011

The IIAR will be hosting a members-only networking event during the Gartner Symposium, in Orlando, USA on Monday 17th October, 6pm ET.

After a frantic day of briefings and workshops come and relax with IIAR friends over a cold drink. It’s a great way to wind down plus the perfect chance to discuss where and how you would like to see the IIAR grow and develop. There is the opportunity to exchange thoughts and share best practices in a relaxed setting before the evening entertainment and corporate dinners begin. Hosting the café will be Stephen England from KCG.

For details of the event and to register your interest please email: henrietta(at)analystrelations(dot)org.

 

Around Jennifer Belissent from Forrester in 10 questions

Jennifer Belissent, PhD. is  a Senior Analyst at Forrester, serving the Vendor Strategy professional role within the Tech Industry Client Group. Having recently moved from the US Jennifer now lives in Les Houches, France, about an hour outside of Geneva, and regularly spends time at Forrester’s offices in Paris. Jennifer can be heard via her blog and on twitter

1.   What are your coverage areas?

As I like to say, I am not a technologist; I study context. My coverage area is the context in which technology is purchased and used. As my bio reads “My research focuses on technology adoption and deployment patterns in emerging markets and in the public sector with a strong emphasis on “smart cities” and new business models to enable them.” Forrester serves 19 roles across business, marketing and strategy and technology industry professionals, and so I serve the Vendor Strategy role in tech industry companies. To help them do their job as successfully as possible, I look at what governments and businesses in Europe as well as globally are buying and why, who is doing the buying and from whom, and what the business terms are that enable the purchase.  The “story” fascinates me.  Continue reading

[Guest Post] An Analyst’s Take on the Crisis in AR

A New Approach to Market Analysis for the Evolving Mobile Communications Industry 

An argument in favour of multi-disciplinary analysts

By: Saverio Romeo, Frost 

The mobile communications industry has been infrastructure-centric for a long time. The core has been the network. The value added has been the services offered on this network. For many years, voice communications was the only service available. Then the launch of SMS brought enormous success to the mobile industry. But it also spread the fever for a “killer application”: When the success of SMS started to diminish and voice and messaging began to be transformed into commodities, the industry made parabolic journeys in order to find the next “killer application”. But the new Holy Grail was far from arriving. Continue reading

Le CXP and BARC merge: ignore local firms at your perils

+ Le CXP (logo) - Tout bien pesé

BARC and Le CXP announced last week they were merging.

BARC (no Twitter handle?) is a German IT analysis firm founded in 1994 and focusing mostly on ECM and BI.  Le CXP (@cxpoeilexpert or @cxplace) dates back from 1973 and was formed originally as an end-user consortium aiming at evaluating something new at the time, packaged software.

Both focus on the end-user and will have something like 30 analysts and consultants overall, focussing only on software and selling mostly to end-users. Le CXP is also in partnership with Penteo (@PenteoAnalyst) in Spain.

Those three players, are some kind of exception for having built strong and resilient local IT Analysis firms.  There are many other EMEA players, some such as Ovum are more global in nature, other like PAC are vendor-facing or are more about consulting (e.g. Experton). And many more in the UK.

Key takeaway for AR pros:

  • All those firms do answer a need for local knowledge in local langage
  • For a reason, they can’t be easily dismissed, most of them for instance have a high SOV in their local market
  • Some also have a prescriber role with end-users, typically below the radar of larger US firms 
  • Others have an expertise in the ecosystem and channels
  • AR professionals should incorporate local influencers into their plans, even if they can appear as a low priority from 5,000 miles away
  • Sometimes, they’re best “handled” through a GloCal model (members should read the IIAR Best Practice Papers on International AR > link 1, link 2)

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