“Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM”

“Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM”  – a widely used cliché (FUD) from the 70s and 80’s. This would not work as a sales line now and perhaps, the days of “No one ever got the sack for using Gartner” and the role of AR professionals are also numbered ?

Disrupting the status quo of the legacy analyst firms with their “Fiery Fireside Chat“, on 26th September, were R “Ray” Wang (@rwang0)of Constellation Research and Phil Fersht (@pfersht) of HfS. This great discussion raised many points of interest for all Analyst Relations professionals; like: Do you have the right boss? Who do the analysts speak to in your company? and Do you spend too much time completing surveys ? Continue reading

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IIAR Webinar – A Fiery Fireside Chat with R “Ray” Wang of Constellation Research and Phil Fersht of HfS.

constellationResearch_logo[1]hfsresearch_logo_small.pngA Fiery Fireside Chat with R “Ray” Wang of Constellation Research and Phil Fersht of HfS.

Disrupting the status quo of the legacy analyst firms:

An IIAR Webinar with les enfants terribles of the industry research industry. Speak with two disruptors, they’re both loud, they claim to break away from what they call legacy research but what are they really doing differently? Are they influential other than on Twitter?

Don’t miss the opportunity to join R “Ray” Wang and Phil Fersht in what promises to be a “fiery” discussion.  Continue reading

IIAR Analyst of the Year 2012: Winners Announced!

IIAR Analyst of the Year logoThe IIAR is delighted to announce the winners of this year’s IIAR Analyst of the Year and Analyst Firm of the Year

AND THE WINNERS ARE…

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IIAR AR Cafe – Gartner Symposium, Barcelona on 7 November

On Wednesday 7th November, 3:30pm CET, IIAR member Ludovic Leforestier (AR Director at Bearing Point, @bearingpointar, LinkedIn) will be hosting an IIAR AR Cafe.

This will be an informal get-together to discuss AR-related matters and network with peers. It will no doubt be a welcome break in-between the ever hectic schedule of Symposium. It is also a chance to find out more about the IIAR in terms of what membership offers and events being planned or are currently slated in the diary.

If you would like to attend please email me to receive confirmation and contact details.

This event is free to attend and will be at the Hotel Silken Diagonal Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.

IIAR AR US Cafe – Gartner Symposium, Orlando on 21 Oct

On Sunday 21st October at 6:30pm ET, Stephen England – IIAR Board member and Director, KCG – will be hosting a reception event for IIAR members and prospects at Gartner Symposium, Orlando USA. This is a great chance to hear more about the IIAR and to compare notes ahead of the busy Symposium timetable.

The event will be held at the Dolphin Hotel, Fountain Bar and is free to attend.

Please email me to register your interest and receive contact details.

IIAR Forum – Forrester’s Latest Strategy

It was with eager anticipation that IIAR members awaited Forrester’s Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer, Tom Pohlmann, to update delegates on Forrester’s strategy at both a regional and global level. The session at the IIAR London Forum did not disappoint.

In an open and honest exchange there was recognition of earlier strategies continuing but with some new developments that are of note to AR professionals.

Role-based strategy: Amalgamating with marketing

The role-based strategy will continue, some may say unfortunately!, but this will now be expanded to focus more on the front office, e.g. marketing, sales enablement and services, and their connection to traditional IT functions. Tom acknowledged that the marketing segment has been one of the fastest growing areas of the business apportioning more than a third of global revenues and so it is an inevitable growth area for the company. This also means Forrester are hiring with the skew towards marketing and strategy analysts versus purely technology analysts. This is a continuation of the past but what seems to be new is the direction they are taking to more closely align marketing and business technology teams, which will be reflected in client interactions and research material. Forrester see their USP as connecting the front office with technology.

European growth: Work in progress Continue reading

[Guest Post] A Member’s View: Forrester’s marketing pitch at the IIAR London Forum

By: Ludovic Leforestier

Dispatches from last week’s IIAR London Forum – A member’s personal perspective on Forrester’s Presentation at the IIAR London Forum. You can view the official IIAR report here.

After a fascinating presentation from Neil Pollock (see his blog post here [Guest Post] Why IT Vendors Should Take Industry Analysts (More) Seriously), Forrester came “en force” to give IIAR members an update on the company strategy. Tom Pohlmann (@tpohlmann, LinkedIn), Forresters CMSO patiently presented and answered IIAR members’ questions. My take on this is that the firm is on a journey to deliver strategic research advice up the food chain and deliver at a strategic level – they’ve started with IT managers, then moved on to CMO’s in the past and are trying to better penetrate the rest of the C-suite. Forrester disagrees with this statement. Continue reading

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