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Observations on changes in the analyst ecosystem « SageCircle Bl. [This commentary comes from guest contributor Gerry Van Zandt (Twitter handle), AR manager with HP Services.

Observations on changes in the analyst ecosystem « SageCircle Bl

This guest post started as a letter that Gerry sent to his HP colleagues. We are posting an edited version with his permission] I think it’s important to read and internalize what’s happening in the analyst ecosystem at a macro level. Please note that this is my own take, and not the opinion nor the official position of HP. Thus, you may or may not agree with it. For the past 6-7 years, since blogs began to take hold and proliferate, a sea change has been occurring in the influencer (press and analyst) ecosystem. AR belongs in Marketing - a dead idea. Trends: We're seeking to hire another analyst. Should vendors be investing in analyst conference sponsorships i. It their Q4 and full year 2008 earnings calls, both Gartner (2/5/09) and Forrester (2/11/09) commented on how the recession is impacting enterprise end user attendance at their events. Example statements: Take a deep breath before responding to analyst commentary « Sag.

Posted on December 4, 2008 by sagecircle Almost every week, SageCircle strategists do inquiries about how to respond to an analyst quote in the press or a piece of published research.

Take a deep breath before responding to analyst commentary « Sag

Most often, the AR staffer is more than annoyed because the analyst’s words have caused a brouhaha with his or her management. Sometimes the AR staffer is so angry that he or she wants to call the analyst’s manager – or CEO – and complain, or put out a press release about the analyst’s shortcomings. The 7 Tenets of the Connected Analyst. Jim Sinur — A member of the Gartner Blog Network. Welcome Gartner Analyst Blogs. As of yesterday, Gartner analysts are now able to blog about topics related to their industry, judging by their posts, this looks like an internal battle they were finally able to win, fantastic news.

Welcome Gartner Analyst Blogs

In light of their upcoming Web Innovation Summit (see the official blog), there is a great deal of focus on social media, the cloud and web 2.0. For many IP companies, making decisions on whether to join the company always requires some degree of uncomfort and a whole lot of trust. While Gartner has official corporate blogs (as most analyst firms do) the following list of Gartner blogs appear to be personal blogs maintained by individual analysts, I’m great at lists, so here’s a start. Mark Driver, focus on large scale distributed computing and web technologies. What’s interesting in Gene’s comments is that he writes the following: “Thanks to all for the welcome aboard. Why analyst relations matter - Analysts do not have time to do c. (After an interesting Twitter-based conversation with Illuminata’s Gordon Haff and former IDC analyst Ida-Rose Sylvester over the use of the word comprehensive, we have decided to use the word all-inclusive instead. ) One aspect of the analyst industry that is not widely known by technology buyers (aka end users, usually IT managers) and vendors is that industry analysts do not have the resources (e.g., time and travel budget) to conduct and publish comprehensive all-inclusive research about a market.

Why analyst relations matter - Analysts do not have time to do c

Advisory analysts gather most of their data from client inquiry and vendor briefings. The major firms do not conduct product evaluations, lab tests against specifications, or quality of service investigations. This point was highlighted by Forrester analyst Jeremiah Owyang in Starting the Forrester Wave: White Label Social Networks and Community Platforms about some research he is working on: “…Due to the rigorous methodology … The Wave will only include several vendors.” What Do Analysts Do? Wikinomics » Blog Archive » Who needs analyst firms anyways? Like the music industry and the publishing industry, the writing on the wall is bold, capitalized, and neon for yet another industry reluctant to change in the face of Web 2.0 forces far too powerful to ignore.

Wikinomics » Blog Archive » Who needs analyst firms anyways?

Officially, IT analyst firms are a $2.5 billion dollar business, of which about $1 billion belongs to the industry behemoth Gartner. As impressive as this number might seem, it represents only a fraction of the total IT analysis actually being traded. There is a social media undercurrent running just below the surface of the IT analysis industry—call it “IT Analysis 2.0” or “Open Source Analysis,”—where insightful content is not bought and sold, but rather offered up for free.

THE TOP 5 Common Mistakes that Analyst Relations Programs Make « 5.

THE TOP 5 Common Mistakes that Analyst Relations Programs Make «

Vendors approach analysts with an undifferentiated message and lack of thought in their vision and strategy. Downside – why should an analyst pay any attention to a boring, me too vendor, especially if the market is crowded and fragmented? 4. I, Cringely . The Pulpit . Reality Check. I have this notion to write a series of columns from time to time under the title "Reality Check" -- columns intended to explain how the world of Information Technology actually functions.

I, Cringely . The Pulpit . Reality Check

Because like any other entrenched, complex, and often closeted industry, things in IT don't really work the way many people think they do. I'm guessing the Vatican is a bit like that, too. So I'll be looking at various IT players and their roles and trying to put them into perspective, much as I did recently with a column or two about the role of computer consultants. How to pitch me : Strategic Messaging. What is the definition of “analyst”? Over on Twitter, there is a conversation starting about the definition of “analyst.”

What is the definition of “analyst”?

This post is to provide a place to gather ideas and see if we can come to consensus. Please leave comments with your thoughts. There is almost no barrier to entry for someone to call themselves an analyst. All one needs is an opinion, laptop, cell phone, blog/website and (maybe) a business card. There are no state certification boards, no professional associations and no university degrees. How do we decide that analysts are important? « The IIAR Blog. A recent piece by Lighthouse Analyst Relations on “bloggers vs. analysts” raises some interesting questions about whether and how firms should target their limited AR resources.

How do we decide that analysts are important? « The IIAR Blog

One argument says that AR professionals should focus their efforts only on those analysts who have the most direct influence on sales by advising end users, and that because of the demands that they make, it is hard to maintain meaningful relationships with a broad constituency of analysts. A counter argument is that there are some very smart and influential analysts working within the vendor-facing analyst firms and smaller, more specialised consultancies and an AR programme will be the poorer for ignoring them. Proponents of the latter approach also point to the indirect influence that analysts can have on a firm’s brand awareness and sales, for example through quotes in the media and blog posts.

At the core of this discussion is the understanding of analyst influence. Ethics and Independence Among Industry Analysts « The IIAR Blog. Posted on Friday 7th March 2008 by David Rossiter There’s been a bit of a discussion going around lately on ethics in the industry analyst sector.

Ethics and Independence Among Industry Analysts « The IIAR Blog

I understand why the ‘pay for play’ model can seem an attractive option for smaller companies looking to generate business but firms that go down this route always tend to get found out. Tips from analysts about how to interact with them more effectiv. (Editors Note: Robin Bloor’s tips # 6-8, two by James Governor, two by Jeremiah Owyang and one by Charlene Li added on 2/19/08) I have been running across a number of interesting blog posts by analysts providing tips to the AR community.

This is very useful information for AR professionals, both to improve their AR execution but also to get insights into one of their analysts. Here are the blog entries I have found so far (alphabetical order by firm): Curt Monash, DBMS2, Monash Report, Strategic Messaging, Text Technologies Charlene Li, Forrester Jeremiah Owyang, Forrester Dale Vile, Freeform Dynamics. AR managers do not like surprises, which mean they are a little.

Obviously SageCircle is a big proponent of social media and the potential for positive impact on the analyst ecosystem. Budget cutting can help AR focus and innovate. It is a fact of life that because of the reports of economic slowing, marketing departments at communications and IT vendors are considering budget cuts. Because most analyst relations teams report to marketing, there will be trickle down cuts hitting AR as well. Unfortunately, most AR functions are already short of staff and funding resources so the natural reaction is to perceive that budget cuts are only bad. However, if AR managers use the budget cutting as an opportunity to rethink how they do business the cutting exercise can have at least some positive outcomes.

Any business function can accumulate outdated expenses, activities and techniques like barnacles on a ship. An example can be always buying 20 advisory seats during the annual analyst services contract renewal even though only 14 are really being actively used. A Deep Dive is smaller, more focused, and significantly less expensive. Budget cutting part two — Alternate solutions for analyst contra.

Last week (see Budgeting cutting can help AR focus and innovate) we suggested that potential budget cuts may have the effect of causing AR teams to prioritize and innovate in their programs and might not always be as negative as when first viewed. Another way to deal with the possible cuts in funding that follow any economic slowing is to look to alternative solutions. These techniques obviously take precious time and effort that AR teams also don’t have, but may be reasonable choices when money is not available.

Bloggers vs. Analysts: opening a discussion. Analyst Insight. James Governor’s Monkchips » Researching Is Their Job, Not Yours. James Governor’s Monkchips » How To Use Blogging: Analyst Adviso. What makes a tier 1 analyst? Last week, I blogged about “what makes a tier 1 analyst house?” Following Armadgeddon’s dismissive views of Canalys. This original article provided the catalyst for some quite thought provoking debate from Dom and Duncan. Personally I think I got the title wrong on my original piece as the focus should instead concentrate on the influence an individual analyst has and not purely what company do they work for.

» Social Media Index sixtysecondview: Sixty second interviews fr. Tecosystems » On Hiring: RedMonk, the A’s of the Analyst Industr. Parts of the entry below were extracted from a RedMonk internal email discussion. James Governor’s Monkchips » Carter and The Devil in the Detail: Today there are the established firms (e.g., AMR, Forrester, Gartner and IDC) that have been around since the 1980’s that on the surface have not changed all that much. James Governor’s Monkchips » Essential Reading for the AR profes. Skip MacAskill runs AR for Cisco. He has lately posted some really insightful blog entries about the (changing) nature of influence.