Unsurprisingly Gartner, Forrester Research and IDC came out well ahead in the 2016 Software Analyst Firm Awards. In this category, 44% of the Analyst Value Survey respondents work for vendors, 38% are in enterprises and 19% are in the SMB sector. Most of them also follow the cloud and services sectors.
The three most-used firms are also the ones delivering the most value.
- Gartner‘s lead in the software space is huge, driven by its events and high-quality inquiry service.
- Forrester Research continues to impress users with its peer communities and reprint rights.
- IDC‘s research is now its most valued service, and reprints rights are also highly valued, pushing the firm up into third place.
- HfS Research’s research and opportunities for peer networking are most valued.
- Digital Clarity Group remains in the top five this year. That’s an amazing accomplishment that reflects its strong advisory and strategy days as well as its influence on business leads.
- Everest Group stays at the sixth place because of its influence on business leads and purchasing recommendations, but its weak events business holds it back.
- NelsonHall‘s high-quality research pushes it up one place, but events are also the firm’s weakness.
- ISG, which recently bought Saugatuck, rises one place, buoyed by its ability to deliver business leads.
- Ovum is actually the fourth most-used firm, and the fifth most subscribed-to firm. That gives it influence on purchasing, but it offers too few events and peer community services.
- TechMarketView just pipped Pierre Audoin Consultants for tenth place, reflecting its powerful peer access and its valued research.
Next year’s we’ll be keeping an eye on 451 Group, which has a good base of paying clients but did not get the high scores needed to remain in the top ten, and Quocirca which was also frequently mentioned.