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Gartner completes acquisition of IDEAS International

By Dave Noble, IIAR board member & APJ chapter lead Gartner has completed the acquisition of Australian competitive analysis firm, IDEAS International, and integrated the research team into the Gartner for Technical Professionals business (formerly Burton Group). Gartner made a takeover offer for IDEAS in April this year (see Gartner gets the IDEAS from Forrester),… Read More →

IIAR Discussion Group: Running Great Analyst Events on 16 August, 4pm BST / 11am ET

If you’re in the thick of preparations for an upcoming analyst event, or thinking of holding an event next year, this discussion is for you! We have an extremely distinguished line-up of four great panellists for our next panel discussion on Thursday 16th August, 4-5pm BST / 11-12pm ET / 8-9am PT all about running… Read More →

IIAR APJ Forum: Forrester continues to expand its operations in Asia/Pacific

By: Dave Noble, IIAR Board Member & APJ Chapter Lead Just over 12 months since acquiring Asia/Pacific firm Springboard Research, Forrester Research continues to invest in the region with a view to significantly increasing its market share, particularly in the end-user space. Speaking at the IIAR’s APJ Forum in Sydney last week, Forrester vice president… Read More →

Claus Egge – Rest in Peace

We’re very sad to hear that Claus Egge has passed away. Claus was a lovely man and a great analyst.  For those who knew him, the world is now a poorer place. Our sympathies go to his family, friends and colleagues. If you would like to send a message, his colleagues at Rainmaker Files have… Read More →

[GUEST POST] Analyst Relations Basics – part three

Level 3 part 1: How Vendors Leverage Analyst Subscriptions EFFECTIVE ANALYST RELATIONS REQUIRES SUBSCRIPTIONS. There, I’ve said it. In capitals. Feel free to disagree with me, but please allow me to explain where I’m coming from… In the world of ICT, analysts are a unique influencer, not only do they interact with multiple audiences, but… Read More →

[GUEST POST] Analyst Relations Basics – part two

One in-house AR who used to work in PR pointed out yesterday that for some IT firms, even getting on the radar of the industry analysts is of value, so perhaps I was a little harsh. While I accept his point, I contend that unless the initial awareness-raising is followed up with a systematic engagement… Read More →

[GUEST POST] Analyst Relations Basics – part one

I generally contend that AR programmes can have three levels of sophistication. Today I will look at the most basic (and ineffective) level and I’ll follow it up with a discussion of more advanced AR over the next couple of days. Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinemailPinterest

Next IIAR discussion group on linking AR with sales

Our next monthly discussion group teleconference is next Monday, February 22nd, on the topic of linking AR with sales. The call will be lead by Ed Gyurko, who is currently authoring a Best Practice white paper on this topic for the IIAR. Ed will be joined by Allen Valahu from Accenture. IIAR members who would… Read More →

Gartner is growing, its end-user influence as well

Interesting comment from Carter in his post about Gartner’s earnings Gartner Q4 and full year 2009 earnings – implications for analyst relations and research clients » SageCircle Blog: AR teams should use Gartner’s growth in enterprise clients as an education tool with stakeholders and executive sponsors. Rather than experiencing shrinking influence in this recession, Gartner… Read More →

[GUEST POST] Measuring online influence

This second post on online influence looks at how one might measure influence using online metrics. Those do not measure whether a target community is influenced by online channels. So, if online metrics if they don’t, if they measure a vague notion of industry activity or sentiment, then do they really reflect the ecosystem of… Read More →

Around Peter O’Neill from Forrester in 10 questions

Today we hear more from Forrester’s Vice President and Principal Analyst – Peter O’Neill. Peter is dedicated to technology marketing research helping companies find the right balance across headquarters and field marketing operations. Now based in Frankfurt, Germany, Peter advises vendors and users worldwide and can be heard via his blog or on twitter. What are your… Read More →

IIAR Café at the Forrester IT Forum – 9 June, 2011

The IIAR will be hosting a members-only networking opportunity during the Forrester IT Forum, 8-10 June 2011 in Barcelona. This will be your chance to discuss pertinent AR issues, as well as hear more about the latest news from within the IIAR. Discussion will include; IIAR future plans and upcoming events. This is a great opportunity to help… Read More →

[Job Posting] AR Executive Opportunity – Large ICT Company, Mumbai

Corporate AR Executive (Support) The Industry Analyst Relations (AR) program of this firm is organized to leverage the resources of the industry analyst community; inbound for learning and outbound for influence.  As an integral part of Corporate Marketing, these functions will be directed by a Corporate AR Center of Excellence (CoE) and implemented with the… Read More →

[Job Posting] Large ICT Company Seeks AR Manager – Mumbai, India

Manager, Corporate Analyst Relations The Industry Analyst Relations (AR) program of this firm is organized to leverage the resources of the industry analyst community; inbound for learning and outbound for influence.  As an integral part of Corporate Marketing, this function will be directed by a Corporate AR Center of Excellence (CoE) and implemented with the… Read More →

Blog readership continues to double

Readership of the IIAR’s blog has continued to rise over the last few months. In fact, the number of visitors doubled in February, March and April. David’s post on Ethics and Independence Among Industry Analysts has caught huge attention, as has Jonny’s Analyst of the year survey. The next most-read article was about our 2007… Read More →

Around R. David Hofferberth of Service Performance Insight in 12 questions

Continuing our series of analyst interviews, next into the hotseat is David Hofferberth, from Service Performance Insights, one of the few analysts covering the Professional Services market -a huge but little spoken about industry. What are your coverage areas? I cover business applications that are used in the professional services sector. Traditionally, these have boiled… Read More →

IDG to merge IDC with Gartner?

We have heard today (from three sources) that IDG, the parent of IDC, intends to buy Silver Lake Partners’ share in Gartner and the holdings of CEO Eugene Hall. As part of the deal Neil Bradford, former head of Forrester Americas, and Anthony Parslow, until recently head of Datamonitor, will replace Gene Hall as co-CEOs…. Read More →

How do we decide that analysts are important?

A recent piece by Lighthouse Analyst Relations on “bloggers vs. analysts” raises some interesting questions about whether and how firms should target their limited AR resources. One argument says that AR professionals should focus their efforts only on those analysts who have the most direct influence on sales by advising end users, and that because of the… Read More →

A dream for a collaborative AR platform

Gartner Inc. (NYSE:IT) came around yesterday for the IIAR forum at CA’s offices (thanks to Geoff Dorrington for hosting). So, thank you Aaron Yaverski (GVP High Tech Provider Product Management) and Andrew Rosenblatt (from Product Development). They presented some of the roadmap for the “Gartner for AR” offering and this got me thinking…The first thing… Read More →

IIAR members feel Forrester rise, Bloor falls

At Thursday’s IIAR forum in London I presented results from a recent survey of vendor-side Analyst Relations managers. It asked how influential they rated certain analyst firms as being, and then whether they are rising of falling in influence. Credit for the survey belongs to Jonny Bentwood and the others on the IIAR’s survey working… Read More →