Informa – Institute of Industry Analyst Relations (IIAR) https://analystrelations.org The IIAR is a not-for-profit organisation established to raise awareness of analyst relations and the value of industry analysts, promote best practice amongst analyst relations professionals, enhance communication between analyst firms and vendors, and offer opportunities for AR practitioners to network with their industry peers. Sat, 17 Oct 2020 15:15:24 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 76177372 Who will be the IIAR> Analyst and Analyst Firm of the Year 2020? https://analystrelations.org/2020/10/16/who-will-be-the-iiar-analyst-and-analyst-firm-of-the-year-2020/ https://analystrelations.org/2020/10/16/who-will-be-the-iiar-analyst-and-analyst-firm-of-the-year-2020/#respond Fri, 16 Oct 2020 18:09:45 +0000 https://analystrelations.org/?p=316958

The IIAR> Analyst Of The Year is a long-running industry award that uniquely compiles input from analyst relations professionals and aims at highlighting individual analysts, new analysts, firms and client partners who have impressed our community. In other words, it’s our way to reflect and share our appreciation for the best industry analysts in the business.

At the IIAR> we believe in taking a stance and recognizing greatness when we see it -an approach we find more impactful than sprinkling awards to dozens of “winners”. This survey is open only for analyst relations professionals and agencies. It uses the IIAR> SOSM methodology based on perceived sales impact and strategic insights, resonance in the media, and ease of doing business.

The IIAR> Awards Committee

IIAR> Board Members & Chapter Leads

IIAR> Members

The IIAR> mainframe is gearing up to crunch the input from AR professionals for this year. The IIAR> Awards 2020 winners will be announced on 10th December 2020.

Make sure you register your details below to get the invite to participate. Only validated AR Pros and AR Agencies will be allowed to fill the survey. By submitting this form, you also consent to being added to our newsletter -you can unsubscribe at any time.

Past IIAR> Analyst of the Year winners

The IIAR Analyst of The Year has been running since 2008, see below the past winners. Click Here for the full results year by year

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IIAR> Webinar – Welcome to the party, Omdia! https://analystrelations.org/2020/01/30/welcome-to-the-party-omdia/ https://analystrelations.org/2020/01/30/welcome-to-the-party-omdia/#respond Thu, 30 Jan 2020 19:28:08 +0000 https://analystrelations.org/?p=313530 It’s been fascinating to watch Ovum for the past 15+ or so years, acquiring Butler Group, merging and un-merging with Datamonitor, buying RHK and then been purchased by event giant Informa.

The last chapter saw Informa buying the research-part of IHS, namely IHS Markit Technology (August 2019), Tractica (July 2018) and moving it all into shiny new offices on the Southbank together with Informa’s other brands: Screen Digest, iSupply, Computerwire (bought in August 2016), Heavy Reading, Infonetics, IMS and Displaybank.

The logical next step was naturally going to be a consolidation and it’s what’s been soft-launched today to its clients under the name Omdia.

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Omdia logo and signification, extract of Omdia launch presentation, reproduced with its permission for the IIAR>

I was briefed last week by Tim Jennings (IIAR> interview, (LinkedIn@tjennings) and Clint Wheelock (LinkedIn), InformaTech’s new Chief Research Officer my take is that it’s an interesting combination with great potential.

Structurally, Omdia sits in InformaTech, alongside the other Informa divisions, altogether totalling 11,000 staff and GBP 2.3b revenues:

  • Informa Markets, for exhibitions, digital content and data (a competitor of Reed)
  • InformaConnect, for content-driven events and digital communities
  • InformaIntelligence, for digital intelligence products, research and consultancy
  • and Taylor Francis Group for scholarly research and reference-led content

The new Omdia research firm totals 450 analysts (30% in the USA and 30% in APAC), although it was unclear from the briefing I received last week whether that number is all of InformaTech or just Omdia. It covers a wide range of research formats, different teams with very different approaches to this, from high-touch advisory à la Ovum to a more quantitative approach or short takes.

The Omdia advantage –we are connected, expert and influential
The Omdia advantage, Extract of Omdia launch presentation, reproduced with its permission for the IIAR>

This will be a transformation going way beyond today’s launch, bringing all those analysts together -a non-trivial task as any analyst relations person knows. The roadmap they’ve shared with us looks both promising and realistic –the latter was not the case with previous efforts).

Bottom line

This is a fantastic opportunity to bring some diversity of opinions in the mix, with a credible global challenger on a size similar to Forrester and offerings not that dissimilar to IDC -with events in addition. We’re seeing the name Ovum finally laid to rest, so a little pinch to the heart there.

On the plus side, Omdia brings experience outside in, being events-heavy with 200+ gigs -a great way to become an experience company. Inquiries have been productised into an “Ask the analyst” service.

On the minus aspects, AR pros will need to watch for three things:

  • how that transformation is implemented
  • the business is still mostly vendor-facing on the research side, limiting its direct influence although it claims 10,000 subscribers -not a small number
  • the line between sponsored GTM products and RAS research is a little blurry

IIAR Webinar ***UPDATED***

The IIAR> will be running a webinar on Tuesday 11th February at 1630 GMT with Clint Wheelock (LinkedIn) / Chief Research Officer and Tim Jennings / Research Director at Omdia (IIAR> interview, LinkedIn@tjennings), moderated by Ludovic Leforestier (@lludovicLinkedIn) / IIAR Board Members and Anja Steinmann / (LinkedIn@AnjaSteinmann) / IIAR UK Chapter lead.

IIAR> Register

Thanks to Simon Jones (@SimonDestrierLinkedIn)  for his contribution to this blog post.

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[GUEST POST] Informa adds IHS Markit tech analysts to equal Forrester https://analystrelations.org/2019/05/22/guest-post-informa-adds-ihs-markit-tech-analysts-to-equal-forrester/ https://analystrelations.org/2019/05/22/guest-post-informa-adds-ihs-markit-tech-analysts-to-equal-forrester/#comments Wed, 22 May 2019 16:20:58 +0000 https://analystrelations.org/?p=297507 IHS Informa logos (IIAR website)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 media teams.

A sixty-year-old firm built through acquisitions, IHS its has absorbed numerous tech research firms, including Infonetics Research and IMS Research.

IHS Markit has clarified that it will retain RootMetrics and part of its market intelligence business. Because the exchange is subject to US regulatory approval, it can’t be completed until July at the earliest.

Context

Informa and IHS Markit are similar firms and know each other well. Many colleagues at one have worked at the other, including the head of Informa agribusiness. Given the broad scope of their information services, ‘co-opetition’ is unavoidable in many areas. For example, IHS Fairplay was previously part of Informa’s Lloyds List business. As a result, we expect the transition to complete smoothly.

As well as a substantial base of business, Informa gains senior market analysts like Abel Nevarez, Clifford Leimback, Devan Adams, Diane Myers, Heidi Adams, Laura Aguilera, Michael Howard, Ruomeng Wang and Stéphane Téral.

Informa’s current TMT business, Ovum, will be dwarfed by IHS Markit colleagues.  For example, the ARchitect analyst database lists 354 colleagues at IHS Markit in categories including IT, telecom, media, industrial, automotive, electronics, and solar: Ovum has 147. LinkedIn lists 1,000 colleagues in total at IHS Markit Technology, compared to 309 at Ovum. The heartland for IHS Markit is the USA, while Ovum is headquartered in London.

 

Our take

The exchange of assets is partly a defensive move. Both IHS and Informa have acquired extensively, and in doing so have complemented their long-standing roles as providers of industry data that spans multiple markets. In doing so, the businesses have developed profitability that Forrester can only dream of: Informa just reported operating profit of £732m on revenues of £2,369m. That’s double the firm’s revenue in 2015. Unlike Gartner, the firm is able to pay a regular dividend to shareholders.

From an analyst relations point of view, these purchases have been hard to understand. The integration of these businesses into the methods and content delivery platforms of IHS Markit and Informa has produced a degree of commodification and homogeneity, which has certainly led to a clash of cultures. Most importantly, AR professionals need to understand that the Informa business model is not Gartner’s. Measuring Informa Tech by how much it will resemble Gartner is a waste of time. Informa’s reach into the enterprise will be broader than ever.

As a result, Informa Tech will have a different value proposition to Gartner and Forrester. We expect its emphasis will be more on market data, events, lead generation and access to buyers than on inquiry calls and procurement support.

 

By Duncan Chapple (LinkedIn, @Duncan Chapple), Head of Analyst Relations, CCgroup PR.

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Informa presents on “Operator Strategies” https://analystrelations.org/2012/02/08/informa-presents-on-operator-strategies/ https://analystrelations.org/2012/02/08/informa-presents-on-operator-strategies/#respond Wed, 08 Feb 2012 15:08:04 +0000 http://iiar.wordpress.com/?p=3598 Mark Newman
We are pleased to announce that Informa will be presenting some of its latest research around, “Operator Strategies: The Growing Lure of B2B2C Opportunities” on Thursday 9th February at 4pm GMT / 11am ET / 8am PT.
Delivering the presentation will be Informa’s Chief Research Officer, Mark Newman (pictured).
Discussion agenda:
  • How over-the-top players took the value out of consumer services
  • Reviewing operators’ role in service innovation
  • M2M and LTE status report; assessing short and long term opportunities
If you would like to take part or listen in to this hot debate please email henrietta(at)analystrelations(dot)org to register your interest and receive dial-in details. This call is for IIAR members only.
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IIAR Teleconference: Informa presents the B2B2C Opportunity https://analystrelations.org/2011/11/03/iiar-teleconference-informa-presents-the-b2b2c-opportunity/ https://analystrelations.org/2011/11/03/iiar-teleconference-informa-presents-the-b2b2c-opportunity/#respond Thu, 03 Nov 2011 09:09:41 +0000 https://analystrelations.org/?p=3351 Mark Newman
We are pleased to announce that Informa will be presenting some of its latest research around, “Operator Strategies: The Growing Lure of B2B2C Opportunities” on Thursday 9th February at 4pm GMT / 11am ET / 8am PT.
Delivering the presentation will be Informa’s Chief Research Officer, Mark Newman (pictured above).
Discussion agenda:
  • How over-the-top players took the value out of consumer services
  • Reviewing operators’ role in service innovation
  • M2M and LTE status report; assessing short and long term opportunities
If you would like to take part or listen in to this hot debate please email henrietta(at)analystrelations(dot)org to register your interest and receive dial-in details. This call is for IIAR members only.
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[Job Posting] Senior Analyst post at Informa, Broadband & TV – UK https://analystrelations.org/2011/09/21/job-posting-senior-analyst-post-at-informa-broadband-tv-uk/ https://analystrelations.org/2011/09/21/job-posting-senior-analyst-post-at-informa-broadband-tv-uk/#respond Wed, 21 Sep 2011 08:09:50 +0000 https://analystrelations.org/?p=3164 £Excellent + bonus + benefits. Reporting to the Head of Broadband & TV Research. Fantastic West End location, international travel.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior Analyst to join the Broadband & TV team of Informa Telecoms & Media’s Industry Research division. The team is already one of the division’s fastest-growing, and is poised for further expansion and development.

The Broadband & TV team provide many of the world’s major operators, Internet firms, broadcasters, film and TV studios with trusted research and advice about telecoms, TV and digital media. Recently, this work has included topics as diverse as Apple’s plans for the TV market, the effect of social media in the Middle East, and the challenges of bringing broadband to Africa.

The successful candidate will play a vital role in maintaining and expanding Informa’s market-leading coverage of broadband- and TV-operator strategies and technologies.

The position is best-suited to a self-motivated and confident individual, who is able to express their opinion through thought-provoking reports, industry presentations and media appearances. Assisting with the day-to-day management of the team’s broadband research schedule will also form part of the role, making the ability to work as part of a team essential.

Key responsibilities:

  • Produce a steady flow of thought-provoking analysis about broadband and TV operator strategies and technologies for a senior-level executive audience.
  • Manage the broadband syndicated research schedule on a day-to-day basis, ensuring that analysts meet deadlines and quality standards.
  • Work with other members of the Broadband & TV team and the wider research organisation to develop new datasets, forecasts and other research projects.
  • Assist with consultancy and bespoke research projects when required by the Head of Broadband & TV Research and the Head of Consultancy.
  • Speak at industry conferences, client briefings, sales meetings and otherwise act as a public face of Informa’s broadband and TV operator coverage.
  • Experience working in the field of telecoms or TV and/or for a research provider, consultancy or other third-party business information provider.
  • Experience overseeing and editing the work of others with a proven track-record of ensuring deadlines and quality standards are met.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including a personable manner and the confidence to speak in front of large and senior-executive-level audiences.
  • Highly numerate, with the ability to identify and present complex concepts, trends and data in a compelling visual manner.
Experience and skills:

To apply for this role, please send your CV and covering letter outlining why you would be suitable to Rob Gallagher at rob.gallagher@informa.com by Tuesday 30th August 2011. 

 

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