Where have all the analysts gone?

Barbaraanalysts, Industry analysts

The Analyst Directory update project is full of surprises. Some surprises are pleasant, some are not. On the sunny side, it’s rewarding to see that several risk-takers achieved success. These are professionals who jumped into new coverage areas or tried different research or delivery models. A few quickly sold their young companies, proving it’s possible for an analyst founder to … Read More

Analyst Directory – Updates for April 26

BarbaraAnalyst relations, analysts


This weekend saw the start of a major refresh of the Analyst Directory. Richard applied a new WordPress theme. This one is device-friendly. If you have time, please check it out and let us know your thoughts. We’re still negotiating widgets. Why not weigh in? As for content:  I’m about half-way through the A’s. The content refresh is going to … Read More

Outsell on the IT Industry Analyst Business

Barbaraanalysts, Industry analysts, Measurement, Research

There are few bona fide analysts of the analysts. Outsell  has figured prominently in this small group for many years. What gives Outsell its chops? The company has published a landmark report on the industry analyst business for many years. The report has become a valuable resource for those in the analyst business as well as those who partner with analyst firms, purchase content from the … Read More

NetBase Snapshot: Social love for Gartner, Forrester, IDC and Altimeter Group

BarbaraAnalyst relations, analysts, social media

Lisa Joy Rosner at NetBase has posted a newly minted social media sentiment analysis on Gartner, Forrester Research, IDC and Alitmeter Group. For me, there’s one surprise in the results. No surprise, Gartner and Forrester command the largest online presence and their mentions are less emotional, more informational. Social conversations tend to reference them more as institutions. This points to … Read More

Altimeter Group Reveals Challenges of Disrupting the Analyst Business

Barbaraanalysts, Industry analysts

Altimeter Group is not a traditional IT industry analyst firm. The group not only provides expertise on innovating business through disruption, but also embodies a good deal of innovation through disruption. Two years in, it’s becoming clear that even analysts inclined to push the envelop — such as Michael Gartenberg and R “Ray” Wang — find the new business model … Read More

Advisory Industry Competition: Pushing Past ‘Business as Usual’ (Part 2)

BarbaraAnalyst relations, analysts, Industry analysts, Research, Sourcing advisors

By Barbara French and Gideon Gartner (@bfr3nch, www.barbarafrench.net, @gideongartner, www.gideongartner.com) In the first part of this post, we challenged an urban myth that small analyst firms are threatening the Gartner and Forrester Research business models. We as yet see no compelling evidence. What we do see is many small advisory firms performing vital roles in the IT ecosystem, a few … Read More

Recording: The Impact of Social on the Analyst Industry: A Roundtable with Jonny Bentwood, Barbara French, Carter Lusher, and Jeremiah Owyang

BarbaraAnalyst relations, analysts, Bloggers, influence, Influencer marketing, social media, Tekrati

If you missed today’s fast-paced webinar, here’s the audio replay. However our recorded conversation is just part of the discussion that took place. Check out the real-time reactions and side conversations at Twitter — hashtag #socialanalyst. Thanks to everyone who participated! As Jeremiah said in his closing comments, we want to continue this conversation. Are you in? Please check back … Read More