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[Guest Post] Humpty Gartner’s Logic

Blog courtesy of: Simon Levin (IIAR Board Member), Managing Director at The Skills Connection A client of mine was talking to a Gartner analyst recently and learned, to his delight, that the analyst had given a particular prospect a clear steer in his direction. “They’re a mid-sized company and they asked for my advice on… Read More →

[JOB POSTING] Director of Product Marketing, Analyst Relations, Box – Los Altos, CA (San Francisco Bay Area)

Director of Product Marketing, Analyst Relations Box – Los Altos, CA (San Francisco Bay Area) Job Description At Box, we’re rethinking – and disrupting – the traditional enterprise software markets. Box is at the heart of major shifts in consumerization of IT, new worker expectations and having secure access to business content wherever they need it on… Read More →

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 →

Friday: scheduling

Scheduling is one of my pet peeves, simply because locking diaries for a briefing between an exec and an analyst is complicated. They’re just usually really busy and travel so much they have a better chance to bump into each other in an aiport lounge than on a conference call! I sometimes think it’s easier… Read More →

Latest IIAR Best Practices Paper – A New Foundational Approach to Analyst Tiering

The IIAR’s latest Best Practices Paper, “Beyond Best Practices: Industry Analyst Tiering for Business in the Real Word,” sheds some light on a new foundational approach to sort out which analysts matter to a company, and develop a rationale for optimal engagement strategies. As the title suggested, this paper goes beyond traditional best practices to… 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 →

[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 →

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 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 →

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 →