This week the Institute for Analyst Relations released the results of their Analyst of the Year Survey.
Over the past few months, the IIAR have been running a survey to identify who AR practitioners believe should win the award of ‘analyst of the year’. With over 116 respondents from around the world, the number of firms and individuals that people wanted to recognise was extraordinary (191 different analyst names and 103 separate houses).
I always thought analysts firms had a tough time of it. On one side they are obligated to sell research and reports while their analysts are (ideally) required to be impartial and credible and covering an industry as a whole. That’s why I was happy to see some of the analysts pioneering a different model grab numerous honors. Redmonk, a small analyst firm makes all their research public but charges for consulting, received a number of honors including fourth place for Analyst Firm of the Year behind mega analyst firms Forrester, Gartner, and IDC.
Redmonk is probably is the most open of any of the firms around each of the Redmonks James Governor, Stephen O’Grady, and Michael Coté blog actively. They also publicly list their client list which is mainly comprised of independent software vendors, very transparent.
It was also nice to see the 451 Group whose Commercial Adoption of Open Source practice is well respected in the industry being recognized as on of the ten most relevant.
It was nice to see James get recognized as number 3 among all analysts but I was most happy to see Cote who covers my industry closely be recognized. This is especially impressive since he’s got a relatively short tenure as an analyst but finished very high in the ratings. I suppose you could describe him as a Cinderella story.
This unknown comes out of nowhere to lead the pack…the crowd is on its feet…got tears in his eyes…Former Java Developer….
Congratulations Coté it’s in the hole!