Posts Tagged Analyst
Conference season is in full swing. Jumping off SNW in April, several members of Wikibon’s user community and five of our analysts will be at EMC World in Orlando next week. We’ll be hosting a Peer Incite on Tuesday May 26th to review our assessment of the event but it won’t be the same as attending so you should try and be there. For us at Wikibon, EMC World is one of the better meetups because there are so many customers in attendance. It blows away any other storage event that we’re invited to as analysts from that perspective.
It was another successful and busy week at Storage Networking World (SNW) Spring 2009 in Orlando. Although the number of vendors, by my count, was 48% of what it was in Spring 2008, it was apparent that the vendors who did participate sent fewer people. However, the SNW officials said that the end-user attendance was 92% of what it was in Spring 2008. Obviously travel budgets have been cut, and this was reflected in the end-user attendance, which had shifted to many local IT professionals from the central Florida region.
The Spring 2009 Storage Networking World ends today. It was a busy week for the Wikibon team as we were briefed by more than 25 technology companies and tweeted the live action to the Wikibon community. Bill Mottram, Dennis Martin and I gave presentations during the week, Dennis on SSD for Microsoft Apps, Bill on optimizing energy and efficiency and me with Rich Avila on how Virtualization Energizes Cal State U East Bay.
I received a hilarious email this morning from someone poking fun at the analyst business with a radically new model. It’s brilliant, check it out. Harvester Research has a new way of doing business. ForceSales.com is being launched as the industry’s first Analyst as a Service (AaaS).
As funny as this April 1 spoof is, it underscores the fact that something in this business has to change. It’s a big reason we launched Wikibon, to provide practitioners direct and transparent access and input to the research process. We invite the vendor community to participate but if something gets posted that is just pure marketing, all the community has to do to improve it is hit the edit button. Marketing is fine, as long as it’s a source of value, otherwise it’s just an annoyance.
I asked David Butler to put together a list of companies where the Wikibon member has specified a title that clearly indicates he or she is an IT professional. My idea was to put the logos of these firms on a slide to show people. I After getting through about 20% of the list I ran out of room on my slide. When he has more time, I’ll have Dave put together a more complete list by industry but here’s a sample of the member companies:
Here’s what happens when you run the ‘About Wikibon’ through Wordle.
Wordle might seem pointless but it’s actually very cool. It’s not that I’m excited just seeing the giant “Wikibon,” which is prominent because it’s cited a zillion times in the About page. The subtleties of Wikibon are what drive my passions. You’d expect to see things like Gartner, Meta, IDC and Forrester because our founders and early contributors had backgrounds at these research giants. And it’s not surprising to see Wells (as in Wells Fargo) and Pfizer and other organizations that advised us in the beginning– all new companies need advisers from the good people they wish to serve.
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