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

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

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

Register now, tune in tomorrow: Impact of Social Tech on the Analyst Industry

Barbaraanalysts, Bloggers, Events, Industry analysts, influencer relations, social media, Tekrati

Social technologies are disrupting traditional business models, and the tech industry analyst business is no exception. Or is it? How is social truly changing the day to day work of the tech watchers? their advisory clients? their relations with tech providers? Tune in tomorrow as I exchange views on this important topic with fellow thought leaders Jeremiah Owyang, Jonny Bentwood … Read More

Advisory Industry Competition: Pushing Past ‘Business as Usual’

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

By Gideon Gartner (@gideongartner, www.gideongartner.com) and Barbara French (@bfr3nch, www.barbarafrench.net) There’s a good deal of speculation on whether the research and advisory business is entering a new phase — one in which small Advisory firms may be thriving at the expense of the large firms. David Hatch summed up this point of view in a comment to “Advisory Industry, a … Read More

GigaOM Pro Marks First Anniversary, Emerges from Beta at Structure 2010

BarbaraAnalyst relations, analysts, Industry analysts

Editor’s Note: Republishing this post I wrote today for Tekrati. It ties into several of my themes here, and to my July webinar with Jeremiah Owyang. GigaOM today celebrates the first anniversary of its GigaOM Pro research division. GigaOM Pro is one of the more interesting of the recent entrants to high tech industry analyst business. Mike Wolf (@michaelwolf), vice … Read More

Of rock stars and analysts

BarbaraAnalyst relations, analysts, Industry analysts, influence, Influencer ranking, social media, Sourcing advisors

I’m not a fan of the growing schism between Altimeter Group and the rest of the analysts. One of the most visible wedges driving this rift is the idea of “rock star analysts.” “Rock star analyst” is an old notion with deep roots among financial analysts. Originally, rock star analysts were the ones who made the right call the most … Read More