When you innovate with technology, it is inevitable for you to come across highly specialized people called analysts . When it comes to these thought leaders, one is not like the other. So who is good, and why? After all, the concept of analyzing, predicting and building trends and models in a particular industry has been around for a while, but then software has been around for a while as well, and yet we are now judged and evaluated on modern, not last decade s success criteria. So why not apply the same to the analyst industry? Who are the modern analysts and who can deliver the new kind of lasting value in today's, not yesterday's capitalism? Below is my list of personal favorites all based on in-depth conversations, brainstorming, data orgasms and all-around-good lasting insight:
Ray Wang at Constellation Research Group - for being able to transform the core thinking on social media, mobile computing and business productivity applications in the cloud. Constellation, although a young, newly created firm, is at the forefront of defining what it means to make social media business relevant.
Bill Kutik - for becoming the leading independent voice in all areas of analysis pertaining to HCM and Talent Management technology; and mostly for his constant, direct, sharp and candid advice that really sticks and resonates. Analysts that can't stick their advice on your forehead, don't help you deliver on the ideas after the briefing. They remain pure philosophers on the topic they preach. Bill has the only radio show in the industry that constantly attracts conversations with superstars. Bill is also a very caring person, which helps - we are all human!
Naomi Bloom - my hat goes off to yet another independent thought leader, analyst and an overall voice of reason in HCM and Talent Management space. Like Madonna, Naomi reinvents herself constantly jumping into all emerging areas of technology, analytics, delivery methods, pricing, packaging and best practices. She is also a Twitter superstar with an amazing social influence. If you have never had a briefing with Naomi, please talk to someone who has before your round 1.
Josh Bersin at Bersin and Associates- for building the most comprehensive research library that exists today. By creating the literal Wikipedia of industry research and advisory services, Josh transformed the notion of a boutique analyst firm into the best of breed knowledge tank with examples, models, ideas and predictions. Josh s What Works approach is the only research methodology with laser focus on bridging the gap between talking and doing.
Lisa Rowan at IDC - for the immense amounts of detail that is available from her research. Questions like why , what and who are quickly answered by this veteran-analyst who has dedicated much of her life to defining the future of technology that is now used to manage people and improves their productivity.
Jim Holincheck at Gartner- for singlehandedly keeping the Gartner Magic Quadrant at the very top of all pieces of research that are being considered today by Fortune buyers when making purchasing decisions. Jim, being a Gartner MQ Patriarch, is also a super nice guy, which makes the process of idea sharing that much easier.
Look into these amazing men and women, they have much to share! Also, please comment with your personal favorite analyst additions below! Thanks for reading.