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Kerler: Absurd vendors want analysts to be both biased & neutral

In this passionate defence of the need for analysts to focus on their core research competency, Jörg Kerler argues that the imperatives of digital transfomation require excellent and neutral research. Analysts’ buyers are absurd if they think that neutrality can come from firms that vendors use as sales influencers. Thoughts on the true value of analyst research and Read more about Kerler: Absurd vendors want analysts to be both biased & neutral[…]

KPMG pushes out 451 in 2017 Strategy Analyst Firm Awards

For the strategic heavy lifting, executives are reaching out to a very wide range of advisors. Gartner heads up the list when we look at the Analyst Value Survey data to find the analyst firms most valued by people who work on strategy. It creates almost 19% of all the value being produced by analyst Read more about KPMG pushes out 451 in 2017 Strategy Analyst Firm Awards[…]

Kea Company acquires UK analyst relations consultancy Active Influence

Merger consolidates Kea Company’s position as world’s largest analyst relations consultancy January 19, 2017. London — Kea Company, the world’s largest analyst relations consultancy, today completed its acquisition of Active Influence. Founded in 2010, Active Influence has helped many of the world’s largest technology companies to gain measurable business benefit from their relationships with analyst firms. Read more about Kea Company acquires UK analyst relations consultancy Active Influence[…]

Top ten global analysts: 2016’s outstanding research

2016 produced some outstanding analyst research. We’ve picked the best articles from each of the world’s ten leading analysts firms, as ranked in the 2017 Analyst Firm Awards. Together they show how diverse analysts’ most compelling content can be, including deep quantitative research into mature markets, like cellphones; pointed competitive insight into corporate changes, like Read more about Top ten global analysts: 2016’s outstanding research[…]

IDC overtakes HfS in 2017 global Analyst Firm Awards

Gartner and Forrester’s leadership is no surprise, but this year IDC has won back third place in our annual Analyst Firm Awards, pushing HfS Research into a still-impressive fourth place. PAC and Ovum have also risen substantially this year, rounding out the top six. In last year’s awards, we saw that firms that could create Read more about IDC overtakes HfS in 2017 global Analyst Firm Awards[…]

Analyst Value Survey shows deeper frustration with industry analysts

I’ve been in New York this week discussing the Analyst Value Survey with both Kea clients and industry analysts. The 2017 report will be available early in January, but the responses show that many users of analysts’ services are reaching out to more firms than before, and are gathering quite uneven value. Firstly, the good Read more about Analyst Value Survey shows deeper frustration with industry analysts[…]

Influencer Insights podcast: IDC’s chief analyst on digital transformation

Philip Carter, chief analyst at IDC Europe, and I have recorded a new podcast to discuss digital transformation. I asked him about IDC’s Third Platform idea, and how his specifically European role reflects the differ challenges and tempo of organisations in Europe. The Munich-based research leader spoke about the friction points created as the gap opens Read more about Influencer Insights podcast: IDC’s chief analyst on digital transformation[…]

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?[…]

12 analyst firms with the biggest change in media profile

Two million data-points later, and the Kea Company research team has completed our analysis of how the profile of the 50 leading analysts firms’ mentions in the media changed in 2015. We were amazed by the global reach of analyst firms in the press worldwide. Out of every ten mentions of analyst firms in the Read more about 12 analyst firms with the biggest change in media profile[…]

Kea Company doubles European team

January 19 2016, London — Kea Company, the global influencer relations consultancy, has announced new team members in Europe including advisory partner Annelieke Nagel, a Gartner and IDC alumnus with 30 years’ experience in the analyst industry and in analyst relations. The new colleagues include the following professionals. Annelieke Nagel joined IDC in 1986 and Read more about Kea Company doubles European team[…]