Duncan Chapple

As the head of CCgroup PR's analyst relations group, Duncan Chapple directs programs that increase the value of relationships with industry analysts and sourcing advisors. Outside work, he is volunteer co-director of the Analyst Observatory at the University of Edinburgh Business School.

Dominic Pannell

In Memoriam: Remembering Dominic Pannell (1968-2023)

The analyst relations community is in shock and mourning over the sudden and tragic passing of Dominic Pannell. Known as a generous and influential figure in influencer relations and a passionate advocate for charitable causes, Dominic’s untimely death has left a void that will be difficult to fill. Dominic was a co-founder of the IIAR> …

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[GUEST POST] Informa adds IHS Markit tech analysts to equal Forrester

Informa (INF.L) has acquired IHS Markit’s (INFO) TMT business. Informa Tech, which includes Ovum, will have revenues similar to Forrester’s $350m. It represents a dramatic shift in the analyst landscape. Informa announced the transaction on 22 May as part of an exchange of Informa’s agribusiness service for IHS Markit’s TMT portfolio, including the OTT and …

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[GUEST POST] Does Israel have more cool vendors than China?

Can other vendors copy Israeli firms’ exceptional success in earning Gartner, Inc.’s Cool Vendor designation? Maybe not. Their success reflects both Israel’s unique start-up ecosystem and those start-ups’ ability to leverage Gartner’s experienced account management in Israel. The numbers of Cool Vendors in Israel continue to rise. At the recent Cool and Hot Vendor Forum, …

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[GUEST POST] Moving AR into IR…..

Investor relations just took over Analyst Relations at Tata Consultancy Services, an IT Services giant. Is IR about to eat AR for lunch? TCS has decided on the reorganisation after a year that included significant leadership changes in the firm’s analyst relations team. In most tech organizations, AR sits within corporate marketing. This has been a …

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[Guest Post] Analysts are treated inhumanely

By: Duncan Chapple, Consultancy Director at Loudhouse  This is an independent opinion piece submitted by an IIAR member and AR professional – it does not represent the official views of the IIAR. Analyst relations (AR) programs have a substantial opportunity for improvement. This month I’ve been reviewing ten years’ worth of data from the Analyst …

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[GUEST POST] Despite it all, Ovum is still a tier one analyst firm in Europe

Nice post on Ovum by the folks at Loudhouse Blog, reprinted here with their permission.  Of course, because it’s a Loudhouse post it’s not the official IIAR position, in case anyone thought otherwise.  See also the other Ovum posts on this blog, including the one on our recent IIAR London Forum featuring Ovum’s top management. …

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What’s happening at Yankee Group?

Yankee’s Group’s summer repositioning and restructuring has, more or less, completed the firm’s evolution from a full-service analyst and consulting firm into a data-driven research and advisory firm focussed on mobility (which the firm defines as advancements that enable fluid access to any content, applications or services from any device, by anyone, from anywhere at …

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Four ways analysts must respond to the crisis

The IIAR’s developing discussion on the crisis in AR (reflected by analysts’ declining comfort in recommending solutions) took interesting turn recently. In the the institute’s second conference call on the topic, I was asked to spell out suggestions for how analysts can reverse the falling quality of information sharing by vendors, which is the root cause of analysts’ lowering confidence. These are my four suggestions.

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Smart move: PAC buys Berlecon

Today Pierre Audoin Consultants (PAC) bought Berlin-based analyst and consulting firm Berlecon Research. It’s a excellent choice for PAC, and a very natural partner for Berlecon because of the two well-established firms’ long period of cooperation and their similar continental cultures and the consulting-heavy business model which is essential to success in the German market.

IIAR> Salary Survey findings: AR at 30% premium, global scope pushes AR salaries to $120,000

The analyst relations profession has, like the industry analyst industry, been a beneficiary of the difficult times over the last few years. While staff turnover has slowed greatly, AR managers continue to win a substantial salary premium over other marketing and communications managers. Because the compensation packages of AR managers can be complex, it’s been hard to get clear data until this month when the IIAR published its first AR salaries survey.