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RIP David Mitchell

It is with infinite sadness that I’ve heard yesterday I not only lost a dear friend but the industry is also mourning a respected thinker, an always friendly smile, a witty and smart analyst, and more. We are all poorer without David. David, not to be confused with David Mitchell Smith who we hope is… Read More →

[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… Read More →

IIAR AR Cafe – Gartner Symposium, Barcelona on 7 November

On Wednesday 7th November, 3:30pm CET, IIAR member Ludovic Leforestier (AR Director at Bearing Point, @bearingpointar, LinkedIn) will be hosting an IIAR AR Cafe. This will be an informal get-together to discuss AR-related matters and network with peers. It will no doubt be a welcome break in-between the ever hectic schedule of Symposium. It is also… Read More →

IIAR AR US Cafe – Gartner Symposium, Orlando on 21 Oct

On Sunday 21st October at 6:30pm ET, Stephen England – IIAR Board member and Director, KCG – will be hosting a reception event for IIAR members and prospects at Gartner Symposium, Orlando USA. This is a great chance to hear more about the IIAR and to compare notes ahead of the busy Symposium timetable. The… Read More →

IIAR AR Cafe – Seattle, USA

On Wednesday, October 17th at 6pm PT, there will be an informal get together for AR professionals and analysts at the SeaStar Bellevue. This is a free event and all are welcome to attend. This meeting provides a great opportunity to relax after a hard day’s work while utilising the time for some valuable networking…. Read More →

IIAR Forum – Forrester’s Latest Strategy

It was with eager anticipation that IIAR members awaited Forrester’s Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer, Tom Pohlmann, to update delegates on Forrester’s strategy at both a regional and global level. The session at the IIAR London Forum did not disappoint. In an open and honest exchange there was recognition of earlier strategies continuing but with… Read More →

IIAR discussion group: AR best practice for analyst events

IIAR discussion group: AR best practice for analyst events by Ed Gyurko. The IIAR will hold a discussion group teleconference on the subject of AR best practice at analyst-firm sponsored events like Forrester’s IT Forums,Gartner Symposia and IDC Directions on Thursday 6th May 2010 from 1500 BST to 1600 BST / 10:00am EST to 11:00… Read More →

[GUEST POST] Doing a Joint Announcement with Your Competitors

Recently, I’ve done joint announcements with Oracle, SAP, HP, Tibco, Software AG and HP. As you can imagine, I’ve had varying relationships with each and I’m happy to report that the state of the A/R industry is good and that we can work together. Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinemailPinterest

[People on the move] Ellie Warner joins HP AR

After a busy year’s freelancing Ellie Warner is moving back to the corporate world to head HP’s AR program in APAC. Working for the company’s Enterprise Business Group, she will be based in Singapore.Prior to that, Ellie worked at Sun Microsystems where she built the International AR program in Europe and Asia. Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinemailPinterest

Proteiform Analystus -the multichannel dilemna for IT analysis firms in the socmed era

I was reading Merv’s post on Analysts Don’t List Themselves on Social Media « Merv’s Market Strategies for IT Suppliers and it coiincidentally resonated with a conversation I was having this week with an account manager at an IT analysis research form. Merv’s point that twitter handles and blogs are not listed on analyst bios raises… Read More →

How far should an NDA go?

Jeff Mann from Gartner (@JeffMann) blogged yesterday about NDA Games. It’s an interesting subject, in particular with respect to what useage analysts are allowed to make of information disclosed in an NDA briefing, or to spell it out, a briefing during which the information exchanged is disclosed under a “Non Disclosure Agreement”. Just to go… Read More →

[GUEST POST] Josh “Groundswell” Bernoff on What do analysts actually do?

Josh50_2Josh Bernoff, yes as in Josh Groundswell Bernoff, from Forrester posted recently a great post on what analysts actually do. Now, it’s not a new subject but it’s still pretty difficult to explain to your mother. Joes does it elegantly and kindly accepted my request to reblog it here. Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinemailPinterest

From the horse’s mouth

We tweeted earlier this week about some changes afoot at the Horses (formally known as HfS Research) and Phil came back galloping with some comments, which we’re only too happy to relay below. This answers a few questions indeed. I’ll write up something later. (more…) Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinemailPinterest

[Job Posting] PR/AR Manager – Tampa, US

Public Relations/Analyst Relations Manager for I.T. Asset Management & Service Management Software – Tampa, Florida THE COMPANY AND SITUATION: A global leader in the provision of Service Management and Asset Management software solutions to I.T. Professionals now has a market-beating USP and requires an articulate person with experience in either or both of Public Relations… Read More →

IIAR Discussion Group: Training the analyst spokesperson

A panel of experts will be sharing their advice in a best practice call on training the analyst spokesperson on Wednesday 21st September, 4-5pm BST / 11-12pm ET / 8-9am PT. If you’ve ever wondered how to tell your CEO he needs training, or been confronted by a salesperson who refuses to believe press and… Read More →

IIAR North American Forum Call

The third in our series of IIAR US virtual meetings will be taking place on Wednesday August 24th at 4-4:45pm PT / 7-7:45pm ET. It’s a chance to learn more about the Springboard acquisition by Forrester and their research coverage in the Asia-Pacific region. (more…) Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinemailPinterest

[IIAR Teleconference] Phones hot up over a crisis in the industry

Last week the IIAR hosted a discussion group in which members directly tackled issues relating to the industry affecting both analysts and analyst relations professionals. Led by Ed Gyurko, IIAR Board member, the conversation addressed how AR professionals can better communicate with analysts and get stronger internal buy-in. Duncan Chapple, MD  (Lighthouse AR) told members,… Read More →

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… Read More →

Wednesday July 27th: IIAR Virtual Lunch with Mike Harris, GVP, Gartner

The IIAR and Symantec are pleased to host a virtual lunch (noon Pacific, but all are welcome of course) with Mike Harris, GVP at Gartner who oversees the Global Technology & Service Provider research group. Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinemailPinterest

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… Read More →

IIAR 2011 Summer Networking Event Busier Than Ever!

Last night IIAR members and analysts from across Europe came together at a networking event hosted in London. It proved incredibly popular with over 70 attendees from across 19 different analyst firms and 25 technology firms or AR agencies. The event was sponsored by AxiCom and we would like to extend a huge ‘thank you’ to… Read More →

Around “JC” Jung, SVP Consulting Services from PAC in 10 question

Today we have the pleasure to welcome our guest analyst for the world famous IIAR ten questions interview: Jean-Christian Jung is a Senior Vice President Consulting Services at PAC (Pierre Audoin Consultants). JC is based in New York and you can read his thoughts on their collective blog. What are your coverage areas? IT Services and sourcing… Read More →

Around Michael von Uechtritz / Gartner in 10 Questions

Today, we’re delighted to welcome Michael von Uechtritz, Research Director with the Outsourcing and IT Services research team at Gartner, into the interview hotseat. What are your coverage areas? Business and IT Consulting What are your opinions of the IT Analysis Marketplace and where do you see it going? With some businesses being challenged by… Read More →

Kudos to the Gartner Ombudsman for asking tough questions

I read this post on the new Gartner Ombudsman blog today: How confidential is “confidential” information? It’s about what happens when an analysts defects to join your competitors. Granted, there is no simple answer and in reality we’re in a very incestuous industry, but kudos to Nancy Erskine for asking tough questions. Personally, my sense… Read More →

Around David Mitchell / Ovum in 10 questions

We have the pleasure today of  welcoming David Mitchell, Senior Vice President, IT Research, Ovum and Research Fellow, Datamonitor Group. David has his own blog on IT issues in Asian and other emerging economies: Geosophical Technologies. What are your coverage areas? Very wide. I’ve published about a range of things. In terms of industry verticals I’ve… Read More →

Around Mitul Mehta of TekPlus in 10 questions

Continuing our occasional series of analyst interviews, we’re delighted to welcome Dr. Mitul Mehta, Managing Director with TekPlus, into the hotseat to share his views on the industry. What are your coverage areas? My coverage area is fairly broad involving most of ICT. This came about due to my background from the very early days… Read More →

Dealing with AR

In this article, Alan Pelz-Sharpe, Principal with CMS Watch and former VP North America for Ovum, shares some very interesting insights on AR from the analyst’s perspective. Some tips on how not to deal with a critical ‘independent’ analyst I have been an analyst and commentator for 10 years now – for most of that… Read More →