Its always nice to receive recognition for what you do, particularly when
a. its a surprise
b. its voted for by your customers
So this morning’s coffee sure tasted great. The Institute of Analyst Relations has been running a survey to see what AR people think of the firms they work with. RedMonk achieved 3rd position in US firm of the the year. RedMonk, just behind Gartner and Forrester: I will take it. Thank you customers!!!
I am most proud though to see Coté taking third place in US Analyst of The Year. Now that is a richly deserved award. Coté spent his first couple of years at RedMonk growing into the role, but now he is very clearly making it his own. His analysis is both opinionated and solid, and he does the best job in the company of documenting what he does for clients at the Internet at large. Coté has also led the charge on our new media offerings, RedMonkTV, moderated screencasts and so on. Lets see if we can make it number one for next year.
Congratulations are also due to David Mitchell from Ovum, who earned a stonking showing across the board, and Ray Wang from Forrester, who just pipped him to top slot as Analyst of the Year. I got third globally.
The poll size was pretty small-only 116 AR people took part- but is still hopefully representative. Independent firms did very well. See also Freeform Dynamics and MWD. Firms that share research for free over the Internet appear to have done well, which would seem to vindicate our open source analysis approach.
According to the blog post by the IIAR:
What came out clearly from the survey was that integrity, independence and market knowledge are the analyst qualities that are most highly valued by AR professionals. It demonstrates very positively how much the IT research industry has matured.