Gartner, Forrester, HfS & IDC top 2016 Americas Analyst Firm Awards

Users of analyst insight in the Americas say that Gartner, Forrester Research, HfS Research and IDC are the firms that delivered the most value in 2015. HfS’ move up to third place will surprise many readers. It shows that, despite IDC’s stronger research, HfS’s ability to deliver strong peer networking and events is solidifying its Read more about Gartner, Forrester, HfS & IDC top 2016 Americas Analyst Firm Awards[…]

Early surprises in the 2015/16 Analyst Value Survey

We’re past the half-way mark in the Analyst Value Survey, and the results we have so far are fascinating. The survey is well over the number of responses it had in 2013. We’re already able to see some strong trends. The most striking trend is the growth of the market, especially on the end-user side. Read more about Early surprises in the 2015/16 Analyst Value Survey[…]
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New Influence Quadrant shows ‘powerhouse’ firms in trouble

Most of the eight large “Powerhouse” providers of ICT solutions are losing share of voice in analysts’ research. That’s the finding, which we previewed last week, of the H1 2015 Influence Quadrant for Powerhouse firms. It’s shown above, and you can click here to read about the Influence Quadrant method. As we’ve said before, many Read more about New Influence Quadrant shows ‘powerhouse’ firms in trouble[…]
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“DMB” is over & other harsh AR truths

2014 was the breakout year for freemium analyst firms. It’s fundamentally ended the fantasy that only Gartner and Forrester were “deal-maker or breaker” firms. An excellent illustration of that is the chart here, which uses data from the Analyst Value Survey. It shows the companies where the demand-side and supply-side respondents gave the most different answers to Read more about “DMB” is over & other harsh AR truths[…]

Gartner, Forrester & HfS Research top 2014 Analyst Firm Awards

Update: The 2016 Analyst Firm Awards are available here.  9 December 2014 – London, UK. Long-time industry leaders Gartner and Forrester Research have been joined by HfS Research as the top firms in Influencer Relations’ Analyst Firm Awards for 2014. The awards honour 18 IT and telecommunications industry analyst firms that have delivered outstanding value to Read more about Gartner, Forrester & HfS Research top 2014 Analyst Firm Awards[…]
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AR Classics: Don’t panic if a competitor hires your Gartner analyst

After Gartner’s French Caldwell retired he joined MetricStream, one of the GRC vendors he followed for Gartner. Folk are often surprised when top analysts move over to the supplier side. Howard Dresner, one of the best known analysts in any field, surprised  a lot of people when he left Gartner to join Hyperion. While it’s only Read more about AR Classics: Don’t panic if a competitor hires your Gartner analyst[…]

How analysts influence the Buyer Decision Process

Symantec’s EMEA comms leader Caroline Dennington and recent Gartner alum Samyr Jriri gave an impressive presentation today about analysts’ impact on sales. Context is key: analysts are increasingly stretched, something reflected by the increasing frequency with which some firms are taking complaints to Gartner’s Ombudsman, and making similar appeals at other firms. Dennington, who previously Read more about How analysts influence the Buyer Decision Process[…]

Most comments ever: The irresistible rise of Constellation Research?

One of several striking common factors, when we see the rise of newer analyst firms, is the way they are bringing together analysts to explore new value propositions. Great insights and good analysts are not enough to build momentum. A great example of that seems to be Constellation, a firm that’s passionate about disruptive technology with a Read more about Most comments ever: The irresistible rise of Constellation Research?[…]

You told us which analyst firms were most, and least, independent

Analysts firms vary massively in their independence. That’s one finding of our 2013 Analyst Value Survey, which shows the opinions of 352 users of analyst research. Ovum, NelsonHall and Redmonk stand out as firms widely seen as highly independent, with strong scores for 451 Group, Pierre Audoin Consultants, Saugatuck and TBR. Perhaps unsurprisingly, many of Read more about You told us which analyst firms were most, and least, independent[…]

Video: How analyst firms can benefit from the Value Survey

In the three months since we presented the results of the Analyst Value Survey, we’ve been developing two methods to help analyst firms benefit from the research. The results have been read over 6,800 times, and they have clearly met a desire to better understand how analyst firms can deliver more value to users. On Read more about Video: How analyst firms can benefit from the Value Survey[…]