Vendors drive IDC’s sale to Sondergaard & Lafond

[IDC have asked me to point out that this piece was written as an April Fool’s joke, as is the linked April Fool’s post on the IIAR site: the events described have not actually happened, and the link at the end of the article is also a clue.] This morning the IIAR reported that IBM, Oracle and Read more about Vendors drive IDC’s sale to Sondergaard & Lafond[…]

IDC merger to follow Experton, Saugatuck & CXP?

Experton’s purchase by ISG, which also acquired Saugatuck, Compass and TPI, is just one more example of the ongoing analyst cycle. While mergers and acquisitions are ongoing so is the formation of new firms. The advantages of mergers are clear. CXP Group is a good example. By combining PAC, BARC and Le CXP, the group Read more about IDC merger to follow Experton, Saugatuck & CXP?[…]
Analyst Value Survey

AVS shows Gartner fumbles new coverage areas

Phew! We’re just concluding all the first round of strategy workshops where clients are using the Analyst Value Survey to refocus their analyst relations efforts for 2016. There are some important implications, and especially for companies working in emerging coverage areas where Gartner’s hold seems to be less strong. If you are not familiar with Read more about AVS shows Gartner fumbles new coverage areas[…]

Vicki Jenkins: AR Planning Doesn’t Have to be Like Nailing Jell-O to a Tree

With a background as both an analyst relations (AR) professional and an industry analyst, I have seen what happens on both sides of the fence, and communication between the two sides is not always straightforward. Hence, this is the first in a series of blogs for AR professionals containing tips and pointers on how to Read more about Vicki Jenkins: AR Planning Doesn’t Have to be Like Nailing Jell-O to a Tree[…]

Gartner and Forrester head 2016 Global Analyst Firm Awards

This post relates to the 2016 awards. For the 2017 award winners, read this post.  A new year always brings changes (including here at Kea, where we are welcoming several new colleagues), and our annual Analyst Firm Awards. Because the 2015 awards are based on the massive participation in the 2015 Analyst Value Survey, there’s Read more about Gartner and Forrester head 2016 Global Analyst Firm Awards[…]

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[…]
H1 Powerhouse Influence Quadrant

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[…]

Guest post: Don’t settle for horizontal analysts

Many thanks to Evan Quinn at QAD for allowing us to publish this post disputing the recent post on vertical analysts. There is “very little verticalized technology?” That is patently incorrect, and this is not the right advice. There are a ton of vertically-oriented tech solutions out there. What there is, however, is a relative lack Read more about Guest post: Don’t settle for horizontal analysts[…]

Guest post: Do Chinese managers use communication channels differently?

Chinese businesses and consumers have on their hands similar channels of communication as we do. However, did you know they are often used in slightly different ways? Grace Zhao runs China Unbound, the London China Business Accelerator. In anticipation of their new Chinese Business Culture course, here are some of the subtle but important differences: Read more about Guest post: Do Chinese managers use communication channels differently?[…]