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[…]

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[…]
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French Caldwell on when analysts join vendors’ staff

Many thanks to former Gartner analyst French Caldwell (iTGuru) for this guest post, drawing on his experience crossing over to the vendor side. I’ve written about this here, and French replied to my view: I think a lot of analysts get a rude awakening, and often a great shock, when they go to the vendor side. Read more about French Caldwell on when analysts join vendors’ staff[…]
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451 alum Hecht: analyst is tech evangelist not vendor advocate

Lawrence Hecht, formerly an analyst at 451 Research/TheInfoPro, offers this response to Phil Fersht’s recent contribution to our post opposing Federal regulation of analysts. Why would anyone want to be called a vendor advocate? How about technology evangelist? That connotes a point-of-view without saying that the advocate is beholden to the vendor’s interest. I actually Read more about 451 alum Hecht: analyst is tech evangelist not vendor advocate[…]

How can analysts and research directors work well together?

Yesterday Professor Susan E. Murphy, an internationally-respected leadership expert at Edinburgh University, gave a talk about how researchers are grown. The balance between finding mentors and working with supervisors is a key challenge for researchers of all fields, from industry specialists like analysts, through think tank members and on to hard-core academics. Few analysts have the time to Read more about How can analysts and research directors work well together?[…]

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[…]

27 things no-one tells new researchers

What are some of the things that the best researchers learn, yet some professionals never find out? What do new business researchers need to know about doing an analysis? There’s more guidance on ethical questions and commercial relationships at some research firms than on doing the research itself. Here are 20 of suggestions, which I noted down Read more about 27 things no-one tells new researchers[…]

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?[…]

Now online: full results of the Analyst Value Survey

At the AR Forum two weeks ago there was huge interest in the highlights of Analyst Value Survey, which we presented there. Since then over 1,700 people have worked through the slidecast with the highlights. Now we’re put the full results online at https://bitly.com/AnalystValue2013 (and, depending on your browser, you might see them embedded below). Read more about Now online: full results of the Analyst Value Survey[…]

Take the 2013 Analyst Value Survey and get the results

As readers of this blog will know, the Analyst Value Survey is the only public survey into how people value different analyst firms like Gartner and Forrester. I’ve been running it since 2001, and around 3,000 professionals read the results of the 2012 survey. You can see a summary at analystequity.com/1886 . I’ll present the 2013 results for Read more about Take the 2013 Analyst Value Survey and get the results[…]