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    Saying farewell to David Bradshaw

    Saying farewell to David Bradshaw

    A funeral and celebration for David Bradshaw (shown left in this 2000 Ovum awayday photo, arm raised, with me and other colleagues) is to take place at West Norwood Crematorium, London SE27 at 2.45pm on Tuesday 23rd August and after at the Amba Hotel above London’s Charing Cross Station, on the Strand. David considered that that Ovum in that incarnation was […]

    David Bradshaw 1953-2016

    David Bradshaw 1953-2016

    David Bradshaw, one of the colleagues I worked with during my time as an analyst at Ovum, died on August 11. He led Cloud research in Europe for IDC, whose statement is below. David played a unique role at Ovum, bridging its telecoms and IT groups in the late 1990s by looking at computer-telecoms integration areas like CRM, which I […]

    AR managers are failing with consulting firms

    AR managers are failing with consulting firms

    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 […]

    Do the IIAR awards simply reward large firms?

    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 […]

2010 planning tips – assessments

Analyst Relations PlanningAs we get closer to 2010 more analyst relations (AR) teams are engaging in the annual planning exercise. One of the ways to enhance the power of planning is to systematically and honestly assess the program and its accomplishments. 

Below is a quick check list of assessment techniques. You can listen to a discussion of some of these techniques on the November 3rd SageCircle AR Community podcast which you can listen to by clicking here.

SageCircle Technique:

  • Conduct an audit of how AR has performed in the last year
  • Conduct an audit of what AR has accomplished in the last year
  • Ruthlessly evaluate how AR is allocating its time
  • Do a zero-based rethink of all spending, especially Forrester and Gartner expenditures
  • Poll AR’s internal stakeholders on perceptions about AR’s role and business value
  • Survey analysts on AR’s effectiveness
  • Leverage SageCircle’s Analyst Relations Diagnostic™ service (free for non-clients)

SageCircle Advisory clients are encouraged to schedule a phone-based inquiry to review information from assessments, brainstorm priorities for next year, critique draft AR plans and any other planning needs.

Bottom Line: Planning starts with an honest assessment. AR teams need to check their past year performance, allocation of resources, and internal and external stakeholder perceptions to make AR planning an effective tool. 

Question: AR – What other types of assessment tools do you use?

Join us for the December AR Coffee Talk on “End of Year Check List”

December brings the holidays, but also tasks that should be completed before 2010.  This AR Coffee Talk will review those planning activities that can make the start of the New Year smooth and productive.  We will provide checklists, but bring your ideas to share. There are three sessions to make it easy to schedule:

  1. December 2 at 10 AM Pacific  Free – Click here to register
  2. December 8 at  9  AM Pacific  Free – Click here to register
  3. December 14 at 8 AM Pacific  Free – Click here to register
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