Top ten global analysts: 2016’s outstanding research

2016 produced some outstanding analyst research. We’ve picked the best articles from each of the world’s ten leading analysts firms, as ranked in the 2017 Analyst Firm Awards. Together they show how diverse analysts’ most compelling content can be, including deep quantitative research into mature markets, like cellphones; pointed competitive insight into corporate changes, like Read more about Top ten global analysts: 2016’s outstanding research[…]

IDC overtakes HfS in 2017 global Analyst Firm Awards

Gartner and Forrester’s leadership is no surprise, but this year IDC has won back third place in our annual Analyst Firm Awards, pushing HfS Research into a still-impressive fourth place. PAC and Ovum have also risen substantially this year, rounding out the top six. In last year’s awards, we saw that firms that could create Read more about IDC overtakes HfS in 2017 global Analyst Firm Awards[…]

Analyst Value Survey shows deeper frustration with industry analysts

I’ve been in New York this week discussing the Analyst Value Survey with both Kea clients and industry analysts. The 2017 report will be available early in January, but the responses show that many users of analysts’ services are reaching out to more firms than before, and are gathering quite uneven value. Firstly, the good Read more about Analyst Value Survey shows deeper frustration with industry analysts[…]

Netscout continues unwise Gartner suit

Netscout and Gartner have scheduled their trial for next July. The case stands little chance of improving Netscout’s value. It does, however, risk harming the reputation of both analyst firms and analyst relations professionals. Over the last weeks, pressure has mounted on Netscout’s lawyers. Netscout claims Gartner’s Magic Quadrant harmed its enterprise sales and that Read more about Netscout continues unwise Gartner suit[…]

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?[…]

Vendors drive IDC’s sale to Sondergaard & Lafond

[IDC have asked me to point out that this piece was written as an April Fool’s joke, as is the linked April Fool’s post on the IIAR site: the events described have not actually happened, and the link at the end of the article is also a clue.] This morning the IIAR reported that IBM, Oracle and Read more about Vendors drive IDC’s sale to Sondergaard & Lafond[…]

IDC merger to follow Experton, Saugatuck & CXP?

Experton’s purchase by ISG, which also acquired Saugatuck, Compass and TPI, is just one more example of the ongoing analyst cycle. While mergers and acquisitions are ongoing so is the formation of new firms. The advantages of mergers are clear. CXP Group is a good example. By combining PAC, BARC and Le CXP, the group Read more about IDC merger to follow Experton, Saugatuck & CXP?[…]
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AVS shows Gartner fumbles new coverage areas

Phew! We’re just concluding all the first round of strategy workshops where clients are using the Analyst Value Survey to refocus their analyst relations efforts for 2016. There are some important implications, and especially for companies working in emerging coverage areas where Gartner’s hold seems to be less strong. If you are not familiar with Read more about AVS shows Gartner fumbles new coverage areas[…]

Gartner and Forrester head 2016 Global Analyst Firm Awards

This post relates to the 2016 awards. For the 2017 award winners, read this post.  A new year always brings changes (including here at Kea, where we are welcoming several new colleagues), and our annual Analyst Firm Awards. Because the 2015 awards are based on the massive participation in the 2015 Analyst Value Survey, there’s Read more about Gartner and Forrester head 2016 Global Analyst Firm Awards[…]

Gartner, Forrester, HfS & IDC top 2016 Americas Analyst Firm Awards

Users of analyst insight in the Americas say that Gartner, Forrester Research, HfS Research and IDC are the firms that delivered the most value in 2015. HfS’ move up to third place will surprise many readers. It shows that, despite IDC’s stronger research, HfS’s ability to deliver strong peer networking and events is solidifying its Read more about Gartner, Forrester, HfS & IDC top 2016 Americas Analyst Firm Awards[…]