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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 […]

Saleseforce.com AR opening – Director, Industry Analyst Relations

First we saw that vmware wants an AR manager with a sense of humor. salesforce.com agrees and adds…
 
  • A positive, flexible attitude and a sense of humor are essential
  • Appreciation of wine, cheese and chocolate
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    Tip o’ of the hat to Peggy O’Neill for the tip about these essential job requiements.

    Logo - salesforceDirector, Industry Analyst Relations (click to visit site and apply)

    Location(s): San Francisco, CA – HQ

    Description: This is an amazing opportunity to work with the salesforce.com analyst relations team in a role with potential for growth. This member of the Analyst Relations team will oversee, develop and execute a range of programs, and help manage some of the top relationships in the industry analyst community. This person will be responsible for the overall strategy and success of the analyst relations program across both the CRM applications and Force.com platform. Reporting to the VP of Corporate Communications, this position will accelerate and evolve the existing AR program helping the company to: • Develop more strategic relationships with our growing community of analysts • Provide product management with strategic consultation on products and services • Partner with the sales enablement organization, assist in driving deals with analyst support • Collaborate with product marketing and corporate marketing to deliver content and programs to drive lead generation • Broaden visibility of the company, its strategy and core products The position requires a commitment to innovation, excellent understanding of the technology industry and cloud computing, and established relationships with industry analysts. Clear, concise and consistent communication skills are a must. This person must be comfortable with current market trends, competitive positioning and the cloud computing space. An amazing ability to multi-task and prioritize while maintaining a sense of humor is required. Initiative is your middle name.

    Responsibilities:

    • Set strategic direction, proactively make suggestions, conduct planning sessions and advice on positioning and tactics
    • Understand budgetary requirements Continue reading

    AR job opening – Microsoft Windows

    Title – Director, Analyst Relations

    • Product: Windows
    • Job Code: 256562
    • Location: WA – Redmond
    • Travel Required:

    This is a senior leadership role in our corporate PR team that will be directing and managing Analyst Relations (AR) agenda for the Windows Business Group. This is a role with growth potential that owns the overall AR strategy for Windows in the enterprise and with consumers, managing agency resources, developing and maintaining relationships with senior executives and product/marketing team stakeholders, budget, planning and execution. This is a strategic, high-profile role for Windows Business as we continue to drive our current versions of our software and services as well as preparing the market for future versions of Windows software and services. You will also have the opportunity to work with an incredibly talented, creative, hard working and fun group of people.

    Responsibilities include:

    • Developing the overall AR plan for Windows in the enterprise and for consumers, including current and future versions of our software and services to drive perception-changing coverage that helps the company achieve its business goals.

    • Acting as a strategic communications resource to internal business and sales teams on Continue reading

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