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Who analyzes the analysts? –

How do we tell them apart?

This is great. More comments than I expected – word must be getting around…

My planned post for today has been preceded by the comments, which is cool!

So – “How do we tell them apart”

How we categorise? How do we separate Gartner from Freeform? How do we rank? What will the MQ for Analysts look like?

Gerry raises some points about the different ‘types’ of analysts (numbers, report-writers, advisory) – end-users get confused which one they need.

Should we flag the white-paper-for-hire boys? (I think yes)

Shall we start by giving our thoughts on the IIAR list?

Answers on a postcard…


April 25, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Perhaps your best way to start is by completing the survey for analyst of the year – moderated by the IIAR. These questions and more aim to promote IT analysts and AR in general and recognise the players who may fall below the Gartners of this world in terms of global recognition but do provide outstanding value.

    Comment by Jonny Bentwood | April 25, 2008 | Reply

  2. Perfect – I saw that yesterday when looking at the site! Some great questions in there. Exactly the kind of thing I am looking for. It’s a great start…

    Comment by analystanalyst | April 25, 2008 | Reply

  3. Yes by “report writers” I meant WPFH boys.

    Then there’s also the question of overall firms, and individual analysts in their areas of specialty (or in the case of some “quote machine” analysts … any and every area)

    Comment by Gerry Van Zandt | April 25, 2008 | Reply

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