IIAR> Primer: Who are industry analysts and what do they do?

IIAR Best Practice Paper: who are the analysts and what do they do?

Both seasoned analysts and AR professionals love a debate – no doubt that’s why they work in this industry! Conversations about the nature of influence, analysts versus bloggers, the role of analysts in buying decisions, whether independent analysts can truly ever be independent will no doubt run and run. They can make it hard for newcomers however, who could be forgiven for wondering what the fuss is all about.

With this in mind, the IIAR> is releasing a primer on the analyst industry.

It is deliberately, unapologetically designed for those with no previous experience of working with analysts – while it does touch on such debates, it leaves any cans of worms tightly closed. Rather, it covers:

• The kinds of work analysts might be involved in across the working day.
• A definition of analysts, differentiating them from financial analysts and market researchers.
• An overview of firms, types, products and services across the market as a whole.
• Services offered by different kinds of analyst firms, be they “buy side” or “sell side”.

The main question the paper aims to answer is why analysts exist at all – after all, no other industry has them in such numbers. To give away the punchline, the paper draws the conclusion that they bring necessary clarity to the still-nascent sector we call the Information and Communications Technology. If you are new to Analyst Relations or the industry and would like to learn more about it, or if you want an overview to help explain the analyst industry to others, this paper is for you.

IIAR> Primer: Who are industry analysts and what do they do?

Publication date: August 2014
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7 thoughts on “IIAR> Primer: Who are industry analysts and what do they do?”

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  2. I was interested to see that the Mystical Box in this paper cites 33 research companies, but only 6 of the 16 analyst firms with the most analysts outside the US and UK. These firms, like ISG, PAC and CCID are serious influencers. It says a lot about the biases of AR managers that so many people still leave them off the map.

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