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[GUEST POST] What do I expect from an analyst firm?

Barry Rabkin / Market Insights Group

I’ve had the good fortune to be an insurance technology / insurance industry analyst since 1997. During that time, I’ve launched and led insurance technology advisory practices at The META Group, Financial Insights (IDC), and Ovum (an Informa Company). I also had the opportunity to work at Advisen doing the Front Page News and writing research reports on a variety of commercial property and casualty / risk management issues.

During the decades of analyst experience, I developed some opinions ( a shock, I realize) about what I expect from an analyst firm (and by extension, what I expect from analysts).

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[GUEST POST] Looking Back at Three Analyst Firms by Barry Rabkin / Market Insight Group

By Barry Rabkin (LinkedIn, @Impactoftech), President & Principal Analyst, Market Insight Group, Ltd.

Barry Rabkin / Market Insights GroupI was fortunate to become an insurance industry analyst in 1997.

Before that time, I had worked in the business side of the insurance industry for 17 years (primarily in marketing and/or market research across all major lines of business) and then due to, what was to prove a very lucky event in hindsight, being caught up in a purge from John Hancock, becoming a management consultant. After eight years as a management consultant, I got and grabbed the opportunity to become an insurance industry analyst. I definitely found my true professional love being a part of the analyst community. [One difference between a management consultant and an analyst? Analysts don’t have to be nice!]

My insurance industry analyst experience included leading or launching and leading insurance strategic advisory services in the US and the UK. Looking back at those experiences at META Group, Financial Insights (IDC), and Ovum, these highlights standout to me. BTW Before going into my highlights I want to state that I respected all three firms for not being just vertical (i.e. industry) analyst firms but instead were homes for analysts from a large variety of IT and Telco disciplines as well as having vertical analysts. Continue Reading →

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