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    Saying farewell to David Bradshaw

    Saying farewell to David Bradshaw

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    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

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    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 […]

IIAR comes to the Silicon Valley

IMPORTANT UPDATE — LOCATION CHANGE —The IIAR meeting will be at the same date and time, but at a different location: Hewlett-Packard’s Palo Alto headquarters, the auditorium off the main lobby. 3000 Hanover Street, Palo Alto, CA 94304. Corner of Page Mill Road.

Since the beginning of the year, we have received periodic e-mails from members of SPAR (the Society of Analyst Relations Professionals) about what happened to SPAR and how to make it active again. SPAR was launched in June 2005 to provide AR professionals an association that would promote the growth of the AR profession and provide AR pros with a forum for networking. Alas, like many volunteer driven organizations, it eventually faded because the members were too busy with their day jobs to do all the work needed to keep SPAR going. 

So it was good news to receive the email from Peggy O’Neill and Evan Quinn (see below) announcing a meeting of the Institute of Industry Analyst Relations (IIAR) in the Silicon Valley. IIAR takes a different approach from SPAR in that there are modest dues that pay for a part time executive director.

Dave and Carter will be there, checkbooks in hands, and we encourage all AR professionals in the Bay Area to participate. Please spread the work to anybody that you know that works in AR and encourage them to attend.

Make sure to RSVP Peggy at peggy.oneill@hillandknowlton.com that you are attending.

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You are cordially invited to the September 25th Silicon Valley meeting of the Institute of Industry Analyst Relations.

The purpose of the meeting is twofold: hold an industry dialogue with independent analysts, and gauge interest in launching a Silicon Valley chapter of IIAR.

The meeting will begin with a panel discussion about “life as an independent analyst in Silicon Valley.” Independent analysts Rob Enderle, Josh Greenbaum, Charlene Li, and Maribel Lopez have Continue reading

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