Influencer Relations

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”[…]

Do the IIAR awards simply reward large firms?

The 2016 Institute for Industry Analyst Relations’ awards seem to be rewarding firms for the scale of their analyst relations, rather than their quality. In a blog post on July 6th, the IIAR awarded IBM the status of best analyst relations teams, with Cisco, Dell and HP as runners-up. Together with Microsoft, which outsources much Read more about Do the IIAR awards simply reward large firms?[…]

Unmaking fruit salad: 6 ways to help analysts segment markets

 It’s a common challenge for providers: some new or fast-changing market contains very different solutions. Clients want either apples or oranges, but the analyst research reads more like fruit salad. As new solutions come into old markets, or as analysts try to squeeze hot new solutions into their less-exciting coverage areas, it’s increasingly hard for users Read more about Unmaking fruit salad: 6 ways to help analysts segment markets[…]
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Time for a new direction in AR measurement?

Worldwide, Analyst Relations teams are committed to fostering the best information exchange, experiences and trusted relationships with tightly-targetted global industry analysts and influencers. Sometimes the targeting is too narrow and analysts are treated inhumanly. However, the technology buying process is transforming and so must the benchmarking of analyst relationships. There’s already a long-term transformation of analyst Read more about Time for a new direction in AR measurement?[…]

I see IDC as just part of the M&A process

The April Fool’s posts from the IIAR and this blog about the future sale of IDC showed more than levity. The changing dynamics of analyst value are producing big shifts in the ways in which analyst insight is consumed, and the growing understanding of the role of business development is also channeling and constraining the Read more about I see IDC as just part of the M&A process[…]