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    Saying farewell to David Bradshaw

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    David Bradshaw 1953-2016

    David Bradshaw 1953-2016

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    Reflecting the paradoxical position of many clients, Kea’s Analyst Attitude Survey also goes to a wide range of consultants who play similar roles to analysts and are often employed by analyst firms. The responses to the current survey show that consultants are generally much less happy with their relationships with AR teams than analysts are. The paradox is that as […]

    Fersht: some IIAR award-winners “just tick the boxes”

    Fersht: some IIAR award-winners “just tick the boxes”

    Some of the firms mentioned by the IIAR’s analyst team awards fall short of excellence. That’s the verdict of several hundred analysts who took our Analyst Attitude Survey, and of the CEO of one of the top analyst firms. Phil Fersht left the comment below on our criticism of the IIAR awards. We thought we’d reprint it together with the […]

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    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 of its analyst relations to […]

AMR retrenches to focus on core, lays off reported 10%

logo-amr-research.gifMore information to follow. Check back frequently for updates.

  • Update 1 – 1/9/09 6:40 am PT -Initial list of analysts
  • Update 2 – 1/9/09 7:19 am PT – Added name to list
  • Update 3 – 1/9/09 8:24 am PT – Initial analysis added
  • Update 4 – 1/9/09 11:19 am PT – Statement from AMR CEO added
  • Update 5 – 1/12/08 5:36 am PT – Added name to list
  • Update 6 – 1/12/08 2:24 pm PT – Added three names to list

Statement from Tony Friscia, CEO, AMR Research

Via email — “It is true that we eliminated some positions (about 10%) across each department in the company due to the economy. While this includes several research positions, we are not eliminating any coverage areas. This also does not impact client services. We are eager to see the economy turn around soon.”

Analysis

This appears to be a case of a firm retrenching to its core coverage and market. In late 2007 AMR started expanding on its enterprise applications and supply chain base to address more horizontal topics (e.g.,see Interview with AMR CEO Tony Friscia and VP Jonathan Yarmis on AMR’s new “emerging and disruptive technologies” service). Expansions like this require not just analyst horsepower, but also the ability to get the sales force to understand the new selling propositions and prospect base for the new research. This retrenchment could be an acknowledgement that this type of expansion in this economic client is not something that AMR could afford.

One interesting data point is the tone in the AMR First Thing Monday podcasts. AMR CEO Tony Frisca and CRO Bruce Richardson have been very, very negative about the the economic situation for quite some time. Perhaps this negativity reflected the sales challenges that AMR was experiencing.

Analysts reported caught in layoffs

  1. Bois, Rob
  2. Brown, Dave
  3. Geishecker, Lee
  4. Goodhue, Chris
  5. Hojlo, Jeff
  6. Kasabian, Dave
  7. Verma, Koppel
  8. Yarmis, Jonathan

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4 Responses

  1. […] applications Carter Lusher at SageCircle reports that industry analyst firm AMR is shedding around 10% of its staff while Gartner is losing 117, or about 3% of its people. AMR looks to be retrenching to […]

  2. […] 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 […]

  3. […] SageCircle interprets it as likely true and not spin to make AMR look better. Certainly AMR had a large layoff in the first week of January. In addition, Tony and Bruce were both ‘gloom gus’es during […]

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