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    Is this how the Quadrant lost its Magic?

    Is this how the Quadrant lost its Magic?

    Gartner’s Magic Quadrant is the most influential non-financial business research document. In the late 1980s, it was a quick and dirty stalking horse to provoke discussions. Today it is an extensive and yet highly limited process, based on the quantification of opinions which are highly qualitative. The early evolution of the MQ tells us a lot about the challenge of industry […]

    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 […]

SageCircle’s “Introduction to Twitter for AR” webinar

logo-twitter.pngIn the last year, the Analyst Twitter Directory has grown from 58 entries to more than 610 analysts.There has been similar growth in the AR Twitter Directory with over 370 entries. Both directories are being updated weekly with new names. So if some of your top analysts and your peers are on Twitter, shouldn’t you be on Twitter as well?  

icon-phone-headset.jpgIn this SageCircle AR Webinar, we will provide you with succinct and actionable information that will help you get up-to-speed on Twitter as a user, and help you understand the implications for AR. The agenda for the 90-minute session includes:

  1. What is micro-blogging and Twitter
  2. How are analysts and AR professionals using Twitter
  3. Getting started on Twitter
  4. Tips on being an efficient Twitter user
  5. Setting up an Continue reading

Analyst Twitter Directory breaks 200 mark and other news

icon-social-media-blue.jpgIf you have not checked out the Analyst Twitter Directory lately you might want to take a look. Over the last few weeks we have seen a significant number of additions as analysts are starting to evaluate Twitter.

A new member of the SageCircle directory portfolio is the AR Contractor Directory. Listings are free so I you do AR contracting or know someone who does, please contact us to be included. info [at] sagecircle dot com.

Don’t forget that if you are an analyst relations (AR) professional and you have a Twitter handle then you should be in the AR Twitter Directory. Just send us your twitter handle and we’ll add you to the directory. Follow Carter at @carterlusher and Dave at @daveeckert

Last, but not least, is the Vendor Analyst Events listing. If you have an analyst summit or analyst conference coming up, this year or next, please let us know. The value for AR to participate in this listing is avoid the problem of scheduling conflicts that hurt everybody.

Announcing “Introduction to Twitter,” a special SageCircle webinar

After we sent out the email last week about the AR Twitter Directory, we received a great response from tweeting AR professionals that wanted to be added to the directory and page views were quite high. However, we also got a lot of emails along with comments like: 

            “I only have a vague notion of what twitter is!”

            “I’m thinking about trying out Twitter soon”

            “Would like to, but how do I get started?”

            “How do I find the time?”

            “I’m a bit skeptical about it …”

            “…unfortunately I am not hip to the Twitter scene yet …”

There are over 120 analysts in the Analyst Twitter Directory with new names being added weekly. So if some of your top analysts are on Twitter, shouldn’t you be on Twitter as well?  To help out AR professionals and teams get started with Twitter, SageCircle is announcing a new public webinar focused on using and understanding this bleeding edge form of communication.

In this SageCircle AR Webinar, we will provide you with succinct and actionable information that will help you get up-to-speed on Twitter as a user, and help you understand the implications for AR. The agenda for the 90-minute session includes:

  1. What is micro-blogging and Twitter
  2. How are analysts and AR professionals using Twitter
  3. Getting started on Twitter
  4. Tips on being an efficient Twitter user
  5. Setting up an Continue reading

SageCircle launches the AR Twitter Directory

Today SageCircle has added a new feature to the blog, the AR Twitter Directory. This new directory, with an initial 52 entries, complements the Analyst Twitter Directory, which has been very popular. You can find both directories in the “Pages” section at the top of the left navigation menu.

Please take a look and send any additions or corrections to info [at] sagecircle dot com. Thanks.

Newbie’s Guide to Twitter

logo-twitter.pngTip o’ hat to Forrester analyst and prolific blogger Jeremiah Owyang for the tip about The Newbie’s Guide to Twitter. Of course, he tweeted it and because I follow him I saw it.
 
If you have not checked into microblogging yet, playing with Twitter is not a bad idea.  I’m starting to use it as a research tool and it has been interesting so far. You can join for free and find folks to follow in the Analyst Twitter Directory and the AR Twitter Directory (both in the “Pages” section of the left navigation menu).

If you “follow” me, I will do the same with you.

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