Is this how the Quadrant lost its Magic?

Gartner’s Magic Quadrant is the most influential non-financial business research document. In the late 1980s, it was a quick and dirty stalking horse to provoke discussions. Today it is an extensive and yet highly limited process, based on the quantification of opinions which are highly qualitative. The early evolution of the MQ tells us a lot Read more about Is this how the Quadrant lost its Magic?[…]

Saying farewell to David Bradshaw

A funeral and celebration for David Bradshaw (shown left in this 2000 Ovum awayday photo, arm raised, with me and other colleagues) is to take place at West Norwood Crematorium, London SE27 at 2.45pm on Tuesday 23rd August and after at the Amba Hotel above London’s Charing Cross Station, on the Strand. David considered that that Read more about Saying farewell to David Bradshaw[…]

AR managers are failing with consulting firms

Reflecting the paradoxical position of many clients, Kea’s Analyst Attitude Survey also goes to a wide range of consultants who play similar roles to analysts and are often employed by analyst firms. The responses to the current survey show that consultants are generally much less happy with their relationships with AR teams than analysts are. Read more about AR managers are failing with consulting firms[…]

Fersht: some IIAR award-winners “just tick the boxes”

Some of the firms mentioned by the IIAR’s analyst team awards fall short of excellence. That’s the verdict of several hundred analysts who took our Analyst Attitude Survey, and of the CEO of one of the top analyst firms. Phil Fersht left the comment below on our criticism of the IIAR awards. We thought we’d Read more about Fersht: some IIAR award-winners “just tick the boxes”[…]

Ovum subbrands as TMT Intelligence

The ongoing roll-up of Ovum into Informa has reached its next stage: Ovum Limited has been dissolved, and the Ovum logo has been dropped. Following the House of Brands strategy of Informa, Ovum has been rebranded as a product of Informa TMT Intelligence. TMT Intelligence is, regarding offer and staffing, identical with Ovum. It seems Read more about Ovum subbrands as TMT Intelligence[…]

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[…]

Buying Experton brings ISG to EMEA supply side

Experton’s purchase by ISG is an excellent move, if it can hold on to the Experton team. The Analyst Value Survey shows that it fills a substantial gap in ISG’s services, giving it a major advisor to ICT suppliers in EMEA. Experton also has strong relationships with some major European enterprises (especially in Germany). Other analyst firms Read more about Buying Experton brings ISG to EMEA supply side[…]
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[…]

Gartner, HfS, Forrester & NelsonHall top 2016 Services Awards

The Services Analyst Firm Awards are out! The users of analysts’ services in the services industries are a little different from the others. Research and advisory days are, by far, the key services according to the Analyst Value Survey but reprints, events and peer community are not so important. The top six firms are the Read more about Gartner, HfS, Forrester & NelsonHall top 2016 Services Awards[…]