Former Gartner, Inc. Vice Presidents Launch World-Class Analyst Network

It’s not often I get cited in an analyst firm’s press release, so it’s a delight to share this news. 19 experienced worldwide analysts announce The Analyst Syndicate BOSTON, March 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Former Gartner, Inc. analysts Jeffrey Vining and Steve Hawald are the latest recruits to The Analyst Syndicate, a network of independent industry analysts founded by managing partners Tom Austin, Toby Read more about Former Gartner, Inc. Vice Presidents Launch World-Class Analyst Network[…]

IT mainstreaming poses challenges for the future of AR

The usage gap is widening between analysts’ most- and least-used coverage areas. That’s the finding of January’s mini-survey, which originally aimed to test new question formats for the Analyst Value Survey. In one chart, shown here, we asked previous participants in the AVS about the topics they had consumed research about. The gap has widened Read more about IT mainstreaming poses challenges for the future of AR[…]

techUK and Edinburgh Uni launch free Analyst Launchpad events

Building on a decade worth of Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) sponsored research carried out at the University of Edinburgh Business School (UEBS), the UEBS is joining forces with techUK to deliver a new service package to start-ups and SMEs. As the representative of 700 tech companies, techUK helps develop markets and relationships internationally. Read more about techUK and Edinburgh Uni launch free Analyst Launchpad events[…]

Not-so-Magic Quadrant: Gartner analysts’ experience falls; vendors’ data collection burden grows

If you only read one post by Simon Levin this year, this is it (Is Gartner research quality under threat?). Simon puts the current dip in the collective experience of MQ authors into context: MQ authors and leads do change regularly, and vendors need an ongoing focus on the MQ to make an impact.  Andrew Hsu would also Read more about Not-so-Magic Quadrant: Gartner analysts’ experience falls; vendors’ data collection burden grows[…]

Fábio Rocha, Jessica Backsell, Johan Nilsson and Duncan Chapple

MWD closes: can independent analysts stay relevant?

MWD Advisors’ analysts joined IDC last month, putting on ice one of the most respected independent analyst organisations. Neil Ward-Dutton and Craig Wentworth were two of my most impressive colleagues when we worked together in Ovum’s IT Analysis group 20 years ago, and they can only have grown in capacity since then. Moving to IDC Read more about MWD closes: can independent analysts stay relevant?[…]

21,069 reasons why analyst relations needs more than budget

Analyst relations teams often lack internal support. I was surprised when that comment was viewed by 16,000 professionals in just three days, and 21,000 before the week was up on LinkedIn. The audience attracted by a rich discussion on the post, which involved several of the smartest analysts and analyst relations people I know. I wrote Read more about 21,069 reasons why analyst relations needs more than budget[…]

Gartner’s symposium shows three new challenges for analyst relations managers

Gartner’s rapid evolution poses three profound challenges for analyst relations managers, and this blog is changing course to respond to them. Gartner’s role-based research, the rapid rise of user reviews and the consequent impact on marketing communications are all immense shifts. 1. Unlimited impact of role-based research. We don’t know what the full impact will Read more about Gartner’s symposium shows three new challenges for analyst relations managers[…]

Analyst Observatory

Analyst Observatory takes over the Analyst Value Survey and Analyst Firm Awards

The 2018-19 Analyst Value Survey and 2019 Analyst Firm Awards will be produced by the Analyst Observatory, the research centre at the University of Edinburgh Business School. The Observatory will restructure the survey to reflect the three strongest drivers of value in the 2017-18 survey: legitimate credibility with the demand-side, analysts with relevant knowledge and Read more about Analyst Observatory takes over the Analyst Value Survey and Analyst Firm Awards[…]

Turning technical legitimacy into market action

Regulations, authoritative professional norms and dominant culture set complex expectations for all institutions. In the opening session of a workshop for academics and PhD candidates at the University of Edinburgh Business School, professor John Amis pointed out the way that companies also play a role producing norms, and selecting the social actors, that embed the Read more about Turning technical legitimacy into market action[…]

How valuable is analyst endorsement to Hot and Cool Vendors?

I’ve just listened to a replay of a webinar comparing Gartner’s Cool Vendor award with the rival Hot Vendor awards from Aragon Research and HfS Research. My colleague Annelieke Nagel hosted two speakers from the Analyst Observatory, a research centre at the University of Edinburgh Business School funded by the Economic and Social Research Council’s Read more about How valuable is analyst endorsement to Hot and Cool Vendors?[…]

Fábio Rocha, Jessica Backsell, Johan Nilsson and Duncan Chapple

The market for influencers: opaque distortions of commerce and policy

Influencers have value. The opaque market emerging for buying influencers, increasing their value and leveraging their endorsements distort purchasing, policy processes and corporate outcomes. Over the next year Fábio Rocha, Jessica Backsell, Johan Nilsson and I will research the market for influencers. Rocha (@fnevesdarocha) is a long-time software industry executive whom I work with in Read more about The market for influencers: opaque distortions of commerce and policy[…]