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Microsoft layoffs: Can Seattle learn from Blackberry?

An ‘anchor’ tech employer, like Microsoft in Washington State or Nokia in Southern Finland, produces great opportunities for a region but also big risks. Microsoft and Nokia’s announcements of further job cuts over the last few weeks produce further challenges for cities like Seattle, Tacoma, Espoo, Tampere and Oulu. Even though these are firms are Read more about Microsoft layoffs: Can Seattle learn from Blackberry?[…]

500 analysts say innovation, markets & value challenge major vendors

Almost 500 industry influencers have already taken our Analyst/Advisor Attitude Survey, which closes this week. Their responses reveal analysts’ deepening future orientation. They told us that the three main challenges for the providers they follow are: to innovate business; to change markets and to better articulate their value. We’ll be running a webinar to discuss Read more about 500 analysts say innovation, markets & value challenge major vendors[…]

Does location matter for Cool Vendors?

Looking through the responses for our survey of Cool Vendors, It’s interesting to see how location matters. We invited every firm that won the Cool Vendor award over a five year period, and it’s interesting to see which countries have the most Cool Vendors. Not every firm really considers itself has having one national location, but Read more about Does location matter for Cool Vendors?[…]

Replay for IT Industry Analysts in 2023: Evolution, Revolution, or Disruption?

Thanks to our partners at ARinsights, a replay is available of Carter Lusher’s fascinating webinar last week: IT Industry Analysts in 2023: Evolution, Revolution, or Disruption? Carter Lusher is long-time player in the analyst game: IT manager end-user client, Research Fellow at Gartner and Ovum, co-founder of analyst-of-the-analysts firm SageCircle, and AR professional. In a Read more about Replay for IT Industry Analysts in 2023: Evolution, Revolution, or Disruption?[…]
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Leveraging the Power of Analyst Relations

Industry analyst relations is an essential, if underutilized, tool in the marketing and positioning of software and IT services companies. Because of their relationships with buyers of technology, analysts like Gartner, Forrester and IDC hold tremendous power over vendors of IT products and services. They interact with existing and potential customers, employees and financial analysts. Read more about Leveraging the Power of Analyst Relations[…]

CXP Group advances in Analytics & Big Data Analyst Firm Awards

The 2017 Analyst Firm Awards for Analytics and Big Data seem to be rewarding firms that are most deeply engaged in conversations with clients. The top ten firms are notable for the strong combined performance of all three CXP Group brands (PAC, le CXP and BARC) and of two giant business advisory firms (Deloitte and Read more about CXP Group advances in Analytics & Big Data Analyst Firm Awards[…]

Gartner’s Cool Vendors says winning boosts sales

What have Box, Dropbox, Nest, Evernote, Cloudera, Palantir and Instagram in common? They were all designated a Cool Vendor by Gartner. So, what happened to the Cool Vendors? We identified over 1250 tech companies that were nominated as a Cool Vendor by Gartner. We surveyed some of them to evaluate both the impact the designation Read more about Gartner’s Cool Vendors says winning boosts sales[…]

Do layoffs at 451 Research reflect lower value?

News of a reduction in force at 451 Research (eight analysts and a handful of other staff are affected) will have analyst relations managers looking to see which analysts are affected. The smartest AR professionals will be asking their favourite analysts firms to reach out to their closest analysts at 451 and Uptime (especially those Read more about Do layoffs at 451 Research reflect lower value?[…]

KPMG in, Ovum out: Cloud Analyst Firm Awards

This month’s Analyst Firm Awards celebrate the most valuable analysts and advisors on Cloud. Kea Company has crunched the data from the Analyst Value Survey to find ten firms which, in total, deliver 64% of all the value being delivered worldwide to people using their insight on cloud solutions. Cloud is, along with Strategy, one Read more about KPMG in, Ovum out: Cloud Analyst Firm Awards[…]

Warning: Don’t use guesstimates of analyst firms’ revenue

The size and significance of different analyst firms’ share of pocket are among the longest-standing disagreements in analyst relations. Broad measures of the market, such as those shared by Gartner with its investors, are several times larger than conservative estimates from firms like KCG. Our view is that these disagreements will not be resolved and Read more about Warning: Don’t use guesstimates of analyst firms’ revenue[…]