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Ovum lays out its strategy to the IIAR

Last week the IIAR was given an insight into the new strategy at Ovum in a one and a half hour Q&A session with four of the company’s top executives.

The in-person event in London saw Ovum’s MD (Brett Azuma), Global Director for IT (Ian Charlesworth), Global Director for Telecoms (Richard Mahony) and Chief Telecoms Analyst (Jan Dawson) all take time out of hectic schedules to personally answer IIAR members’ questions and provide an update on the company’s future direction.

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Around James Quin from Info-Tech Research Group in 10 questions

James Quin, Director of Research, Events Division tells us more about himself and what he respects among AR professionals. Until recently James was Lead Research Analyst looking after all research in the areas of IT Security, Regulation and Compliance and Disaster Preparedness. You can find out more about James on LinkedIn and on twitter.
  1. What are your coverage areas?
    Until recently I ran the Risk Management practice at the Info-Tech Research Group. In the last little while however I’ve taken over our Events division. I still have over-arching responsibility for all aspects of the IT Security areas of our taxonomy but now balance it with staying current with everything we write about, as well as everything our clients want us to write about.
  2. What’s your typical day like?
    The typical day starts at about 5:30am so that I can have some quiet time to actually work before the clients and junior analysts need their daily care and feeding. Once 9:00am rolls around it’s inquiry calls, content review, and meetings most of the day. Depending on the specific research cycle there can be briefings (vendors) and interviews (clients). If it’s an events day, it’s a drive to the airport, a plane to somewhere, a presentation and one-on-ones before the hotel room to catch up on the day.
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IIAR UK Forum reminder: Your chance to hear about the future of Ovum

Here’s a little reminder that on Wednesday 30th May at 4-6:30pm BST, the IIAR will be holding a Forum with three of the Ovum senior management team. If you didn’t get a chance to meet with Brett at the recent Ovum Industry Congress or would like to find out what you missed this is your opportunity! This will be a panel discussion allowing you to get your questions answered and will be moderated by Simon Levin (IIAR UK Co-Chapter Lead).

Ovum speakers:

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Around Keith Humphreys from euroLAN Research in 10 questions

Today is an opportunity to find out more about Keith Humphreys at euroLAN Research. Keith is a consultant based in the UK and has been with euroLAN since 1994 studying networking vendors, analysing their markets and competitors. He holds a degree in Engineering from the University of Westminster and can be found on twitter and Linkedin
  1. What are your coverage areas?
    euroLAN Research has covered channels (ie Routes to Market) in EMEA since 1993 (we celebrate our 20 year anniversary in March next year). We focus on ITC, Security, Telecoms and Datacomms vendors but could have equally performed channel analysis for most industries.
  2. What are your opinions of the IT Analysis Marketplace and where do you see it going?
    The consolidation appears to be balanced by the start-ups and spin-offs so remains static except that the new entrants have a sharper focus.
  3. What’s your typical day like?
    Check twitter, email and LinkedIn before arriving in the office and catch up with colleagues who are mostly remote and then it’s either desk based research or telephone interviews or getting out talking to channel partners. Continue Reading →
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IIAR Gartner exclusive: Your questions answered on great presentations

Ever spent a frustrated hour arguing with an executive on why you shouldn’t have 30 slides for a 30-minute presentation? Or time and again had to insist that a Gartner VP doesn’t need to be told about basic market trends proven with stats from a competing analyst firm?

The IIAR, working with the Gartner AR Community team, has lined up an exclusive one and half hour slot with Gartner to answer your questions about how to deliver great presentations when briefing analysts. This will be an invaluable call to anyone in the AR business and give you real ammunition for insisting your executives spend more time preparing analyst presentations. This is a unique opportunity to glean top tips from some of the biggest names in the business and we hope as many of you as possible will join us.

The event will take place on Thursday 7th June from 3:30-5pm BST / 10:30-12midday EDT. You can either attend in-person at the Gartner offices in Egham or dial in via conference call.

 Host:

Jeff Golterman, GVP Gartner and AR Community Lead (in person – Egham, UK)

Speakers:

Ed Thompson, VP Distinguished Analyst (in-person – Egham, UK)

Bryan Britz, Research Director (conf call – USA)

The IIAR will be holding an informal drinks reception afterwards. This session is for IIAR members only – please email me to take part if you’ve not already done so.

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[Guest Post] Does the consulting approach beat published research?

Simon Levin / Skills Connections (IIAR, 2013)By: Simon Levin, The Skills Connection / IIAR UK Co-Chapter Lead

We saw an interesting blogging spat last week between Stanton Jones of ISG and Lydia Leong at Gartner, with the flames fanned by tweeted comments from Phil Fersht of HfS. The row was centred on some research published recently by Lydia on managed hosting providers, but its ramifications are much wider.

For those who haven’t yet followed the Twitter feeds and blog links, let me try to summarise what’s going on.

Stanton’s charge is that Magic Quadrants serve a purpose by offering insight into vendors and products, but that the high-level nature of the analysis means they are poor primary tools for making choices. He emphasises the lack of nuance possible in a written article, compared with the detailed, customised insight that can be provided via a consulting engagement. And, of course, he is right. Continue Reading →

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[Guest Post] The Secret Sauce and the Secret Sorcerers by Simon Levin

I was sitting in the middle of a noisy intellectual ruckus about the future of research and advisory services some weeks back when an odd thought struck me.

It was at the London IIAR meeting in March, where R “Ray” Wang and his Constellation all-stars were agitating for radical change in the research industry. Ray was talking about new models, new delivery methods, and new value propositions, while some very respected AR practitioners were questioning the value of his approach. Did the world need this kind of shake-up? And, if so, was it really going to change the nature of AR’s dealings with analysts?

I was supposed to be keeping the peace and chairing the meeting. But I kept being distracted by thoughts about whether all this might be relevant to me.

I suspect our clients at The Skills Connection have a narrow view of AR, centered almost entirely on the analysts’ impact on buying decisions.

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IIAR UK Forum: Come and meet Ovum’s Senior Management Team

For the next IIAR UK Forum in London on Wednesday 30th May at 4pm BST, we’re delighted to welcome Ovum MD Brett Azuma, Global Director for Ovum IT Ian Charlesworth, and Global Director for Ovum Telecoms Richard Mahony. We’re meeting with Brett, Ian and Richard just after the Ovum Industry Congress, being held in London from the 23-24 May, so this will be a great opportunity to hear the latest news at Ovum and what’s upcoming, and find out more about Ovum’s strategy and how this is developing.

In addition, David Treacher (Industry AR Manager, Dassault Systemes) will be sharing his insights on how he runs a global AR programme. This will be an opportunity to share experiences and views of the analyst companies that we all typically work with.

Plus there will be updates from IIAR Board member, David Rossiter and the IIAR UK chapter.

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IIAR US Teleconference: Getting to Know Nucleus Research

On Thursday 19th April at 8am PST / 11am EST / 4pm BST the CEO of Nucleus Research, Ian Campbell, will be delivering a presentation to the IIAR. If you’ve ever wondered what the company is about and their area of research then this is the perfect opportunity to learn more. Discussion will also include how an AR pros work with the company and become more involved in Nucleus’ research.

The call will last for 45mins with 15mins for Q&A.

Agenda:
* Who is Nucleus Research – getting to know the company and its credentials
* Research portfolio and research types
* Working with vendors
* How vendor AR can work with Nucleus

This call is open to all IIAR members. Please let me know via email if you would like to register for this call.

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IIAR London Forum: Meet R “Ray” Wang and discuss the future of the industry analyst

Ray Wang (@rwang0)

You’ve almost certainly heard of R “Ray” Wang. First with Altimeter and now with Constellation Research, Ray is positioning himself at the forefront of a new breed of analysts. He and his colleagues are setting out to challenge the monopoly of the existing big firms by introducing new business models and approaches.  Agree with him or not, Ray is a man on a mission to re-create the analyst industry.

We’re delighted to be able to offer IIAR members the opportunity to come and meet Ray and his colleagues  at our London Forum on Weds 14th March 2012, 4pm GMT onwards.

For this event Ray will be accompanied by fellow Constellation Research analysts:

Paul Papadamitriou – VP and Principal Analyst

Alea Fairchild – VP and Principal Analyst

Charles Brett – VP and Principal Analyst

Please register for further details. If you are unable to make it in person would like to dial-in please let me know via email.

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Informa presents on “Operator Strategies”

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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[GUEST POST] Timing is everything

There’s no penalty for jumping the gun

On your marks. Get Set. Go. When the starting gun goes off, there is always going to be a rush of adrenalin, a surge of excitement, and a striving to get up to speed and do your best.

But when the starting gun goes off in relation to a Gartner Magic Quadrant (MQ) assessment of your company, in many ways it is already too late.

Magic Quadrants generally appear once a year. For the companies who are on the receiving end, they can be make or break factors, with a huge influence on business prospects for the year ahead.

For the analysts involved, they are important pieces of work, but they have to be fitted in alongside research reports, client inquiries and meetings, events and presentations, custom engagements, webinars, blogs, and a host of other commitments. Leaving all the rest of an analyst’s annual workload aside, producing a Magic Quadrant means identifying and investigating multiple companies that will appear in the final diagram. On top of this, the analyst has to give due consideration to all the peripheral candidates that need to be evaluated before decisions can be taken about whether or not they should be included.

The wonder is not that so many MQ assessments leave so many vendors feeling disappointed, but that so many MQs win general acceptance as being pretty fair, diligent, and useful assessments of the state of play in particular markets.

To read the full article click here.

Extract courtesy of Simon Levin, MD (Europe) – The Skills Connection

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Frédéric Munch named President of the Board of Pierre Audoin Consultants

December 15, 2011 – The Supervisory Board of Pierre Audoin Consultants (PAC), European leader in market research and strategic consulting on the software and IT services market, has named Frédéric Munch as Head of the Board. Frédéric Munch will take official charge of his new responsibilities from December 15, 2011.

Frédéric Munch brings with him a rich experience within the PAC Group. He began his career in the company in 1996 as a consultant, and rapidly rose to take on a variety of responsibilities, becoming the CFO & COO of the Group in 2001. In the beginning of 2009, he took charge of the management of the German subsidiary, a position in which he led a phase of strong growth, and today PAC Germany has three offices in Munich, Berlin and Hamburg.

In his new role, Frédéric Munch will accelerate the execution of PAC’s strategic plan, of which the principal objective is to respond to the growth challenges of ICT players and to reinforce the positioning of PAC as the partner of reference in the industry. Continue Reading →

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Cloud Set to Dominate 2012

The UK’s recent IIAR Forum saw both IDC and Ovum present their predictions for the IT industry in 2012.

Cloud came through as the area of focus for 2012 and will be the dominant platform. While SaaS spend will be more discretionary, PaaS will be the fastest growing platform accounting for 80% of the volume of new applications distributed by the cloud, according to IDC. Ovum also put cloud as one of their key 2012 Super Themes saying there will be an evolution in the cloud with a focus on how to build the private cloud. Their feeling was, as with IDC, was that PaaS would be the fastest growing cloud segment and that enterprise adoption of the public cloud would significantly increase over the year.

Jane Doorly, VP of IDC discussed the industry’s shift to the “third platform” built on mobile, cloud, social, and Big Data technologies which will accelerate in 2012 forcing the industry’s leaders to make bold investments and fateful decisions. Continue Reading →

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HfS Research and Sylvan Advisory combine to form HfS Consulting – a service line of HfS Research

HfS Research announces revolutionary new on-demand service division to support enterprises with complex decision-making around outsourcing and business operations strategy

New York, New York, November 29th, 2011HfS Research, the leading global analyst advisory firm covering outsourcing and shared services strategies, today announced it has joined forces with Sylvan Advisory to form HfS Consulting.  This revolutionary new service offering of the HfS Research organization is geared to support global enterprises’ complex decision making around outsourcing, shared services and global business operations.

HfS Consulting is a unique coming together of acclaimed research, benchmarking analytics, market insight and strategic consulting expertise.  It is revolutionary in the fact that enterprise clients can access ongoing analysis, data and expert advice via an annual, affordable and on-demand subscription relationship model, as opposed to solely buying costly “hourly billable” consulting services.  Moreover, HfS Research and Sylvan Advisory have developed a reputation over the years for delivering unbiased, practical, clear-sighted insight and advice for enterprises.  Continue Reading →

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IIAR USA Virtual Forum: 2012 Predictions

A distinguished panel of US analyst experts will be discussing hot trends for 2012 in the world of IT services and software for 1-hour on Wednesday 30th November at 11am ET / 8am PT / 4pm GMT.

Guest speakers:

Phil Fersht, Founder & CEO, HfS Research

Mark Smith, CEO & Chief Research Officer, Ventana Research

Moderator: Gerry Van Zandt, HP

We are delighted to have such a distinguished line up of panellists. Both Mark and Phil are IIAR Analyst of the Year award winners having been voted by you as the most respected analysts in the business.

If you would like to take part in this call please email me to confirm your place and receive dial-in details. This call is for IIAR members only.

 

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IIAR Teleconference: Informa presents the B2B2C Opportunity

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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Social media for the APJ AR pro

IIAR Asia-Pacific recently held a virtual forum to discuss social media. It was a great opportunity to talk more about one of the current hot topics in the AR industry and how it relates to the local APJ markets.

Discussion centred on different uses of varying social media channels leading to the conclusion that social media represents an extension to personal communication preferences. For Steven Noble, (Senior Analyst / Forrester), social media is a normal part of his working life and used through the development of a research paper. At each step social media plays its part; awareness gathering, development of research topic ideas, information gathering, surveying, publishing, promotion. Continue Reading →

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And the IIAR Analyst of the Year 2011 is…

For the fourth year running, AR professionals have been polled to select the analyst and firms they consider the best best for thought leadership, ease to do business with, influence and value for money.

The IIAR is delighted to announce that this year’s IIAR Analyst of the Year 2011 goes to…

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[IIAR London Forum] LinkedIn the number one social media site for analysts

LinkedIn is emerging as the new, more ‘serious’ forum for corporate social networking. It is useful, functional and widely recognised as a business tool. Some sites, such as twitter and facebook, can too often blur personal and professional with potentially damaging or simply embarrassing consequences. LinkedIn, however, is more focused on work contacts, history and trips overseas. The mobile app has further aided LinkedIn’s popularity making it a useful tool for analysts on the go.

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