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

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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

Advisory Industry Competition: Pushing Past ‘Business as Usual’

BarbaraAnalyst relations, analysts, Industry analysts, Research, Sourcing advisors40 Comments

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

Gartner-AMR Research: where to put your attention and trust

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Gartner’s planned acquisition* of AMR Research sparked some vibrant conversation this week. Alex Williams posting on it at ReadWriteWeb Enterprise asked my perspective. With his OK, I’m sharing our offline exchange, which focused on enterprise supply chain decision makers. Enterprises have been putting up with quite a bit of churn and staffing reductions among their analyst firms during this recession, … Read More

More analyst layoffs add to analyst relations challenges

BarbaraAnalyst relations, Influencer identification, influencer program3 Comments

Following on the heels of layoffs at Gartner and AMR Research, comes word that Yankee Group and iSuppli also reduced headcount. Yankee Group CEO Emily Nagel discussed the reduction in the company blog. Meanwhile, there is word of a reduction at iSuppli, a firm that just recently acquired Telematics Research Group (TRG). This much consolidation in the tech industry analyst … Read More

Gartner, AMR Research layoffs highlight fracturing in analyst business

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Gartner, being one of the few publicly traded industry analyst firms, notified the SEC that it was reducing headcount by 117 this week. This was followed by SageCircle reports of a reduction at AMR Research. Not surprisingly, the double-serving of downsizing news sent murmurs through the analyst relations and analyst watchers communities. Dennis Howlett, an Enterprise Irregulars and ZDNet blogger, … Read More

InformationWeek Blogs: BI Company Crys Fowl

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Stephanie Stahl’s Oct 14 post reports that one BI CEO is complaining that insights obtained by former Gartner analyst Howard Dresner could present unfair competitive advantage to his new employer, Hyperion. By contrast, well-known Hyperion competitors Cognos and Business Objects had advanced knowledge of the pending departure and saw no complications or compromises resulting from Dresner’s job change. Just the … Read More

Special Report: Alternatives to Gartner

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Gartner, Inc.’s acquisition of META Group has sparked industry discussion about top industry analyst alternatives to Gartner. Tekrati asked seven of the top choices in North America to state their case for technology users and vendors.  In addition, this report highlights two stand-out firms from among the hundreds offering specialized expertise and services. Top picks include well-known firms — Forrester … Read More

Special Report: The Gartner-META Consolidation

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The Gartner acquisition of META Group marks the first major change in the line-up of the largest IT industry analysts since Forrester Research acquired Giga Information Group in 2003. The consolidation presents Gartner management and META Group employees, clients and competitors with immediate challenges and opportunities. It also re-opens the debate over the long-term role of the industry research houses. … Read More