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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 →

[Guest Post] Why IT Vendors Should Take Industry Analysts (More) Seriously

By: Dr Neil Pollock, University of Edinburgh Business School After several years’ research on industry analysts and IT Research firms there are some interesting conclusions to be reached on how industry analyst firms are exerting influence on IT vendors and their product markets. This is just a snapshot of some of Dr. Pollock’s findings. 1…. Read More →

[GUEST POST] Maximizing the impact of an analyst briefing – 2 of 2 by Richard Stiennon / IT-Harvest

 By: Richard Stiennon, Chief Research Analyst at IT-Harvest and a former VP of Research at Gartner The second of a two-part blog on ’Maximizing the impact of an analyst briefing’. This is an adapted excerpt from Richard Stiennon’s book – Up and to the RIGHT: Strategy and Tactics of Analyst Influence. You can read part 1 here. The IIAR will be… Read More →

Constellation Research continues expansion with digital marketing appointment

By Dave Noble, IIAR board member & APJ chapter lead Constellation Research has added to its research portfolio with the appointment of an Australian digital media veteran to lead its coverage of digital marketing transformation, a new research theme which again shifts focus away from traditional IT purchasers and on to business buyers. Based in… Read More →

Scheduling made easy?

Scheduling is one of the most time consuming (and least rewarding) tasks AR Managers have to perform in their duty, think of trying to play a 4D Tetris game or being a dating agency for high-speed particules in in LHC.

[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 →

Should the analysts be blogging?

Where I’d like to leave you for now (and that’s a great start for the comment thread) is that it seems that at the large firms have lost some of thinking agility while growing up but they are still the influence kings when it comes to influencing deals. On the other side, there are lots… 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 →

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 →

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 →

[GUEST POST] An Analyst’s Take on the Crisis in AR by Saverio Romeo / Frost & Sullivan

A New Approach to Market Analysis for the Evolving Mobile Communications Industry  An argument in favour of multi-disciplinary analysts By: Saverio Romeo, Frost  The mobile communications industry has been infrastructure-centric for a long time. The core has been the network. The value added has been the services offered on this network. For many years, voice… Read More →

IIAR UK Celebrates Summer!

The IIAR will be hosting a summer party on Thursday 14th July, 5pm onwards in central London. While the weather is nice (kind of!) and before event season kicks in, we thought what better way to spend an evening, than chatting with industry peers over a cold drink. It’s a chance to catch up with… 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 →

Around Clive Longbottom from Quocirca in 10 questions

This ’email interview’ is the first of -we hope- a long series, in which we will open the IIAR Blog to analysts and get their insight on the industry. Being the quickest off the mark, the privilege to test this format comes to Clive Longbottom, the founder of Quocirca. Read below on his unabridged views… 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 →

Gartner to present at IIAR January Forum

Aaron Yaverski, GVP High Tech Provider Product Management for Gartner, will be our guest speaker at the next IIAR Forum on January 31. Forums are open to IIAR members. For more information, please contact IIAR Secretary Hannah Kirkman.

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 →