About the Forum
The annual Analyst Relations Forum discusses analysts’ impact and the role analyst relations has to play in order to contribute to business success. If you are an analyst relations professional or an executive at an IT vendor we would love you to join the discussion and welcome you to our forum. The 2022 Forum is organized by the Analyst Observatory at the University of Edinburgh Business School.
With three presentations and breakout discussions, the forum is a unique opportunity to:
• Debate the ongoing transformation of analyst relations
• Network with technology analysts, analyst relations professionals, technology leaders
• Discuss the partnerships needed for AR transformation
The theme for the 2021 forum is:
“AR Transformation, One Year On”
In 2020 Gartner forecast that 40% of analyst relations functions would be renamed by 2025 to better represent the functions’ objectives, impact and value. The 2021 AR Forum asked whether this meant AR turning into something else at those firms, or whether Gartner’s forecast was incorrect.
A year on from Gartner’s last prediction, has AR been revitalized thanks to firms investing in it? Or has it begun to fade into the background?
AR has the unique ability to decode and deliver messages from stakeholders to other members of an organization, but the claims of it becoming obsolete in some companies have divided professionals across a range of areas. 2021 Forum returns to this question with the benefit of a year’s hindsight.
Vertical and horizontal integration are two classic growth strategies. Analyst relations is transforming in both directions. Horizontally, AR managers are incorporating new audiences such as academics, advisors, consultants, and industry thought leaders. Vertically, AR teams are providing more value to analysts and more value to their businesses.
Many AR programs are extending their reach to audiences beyond the classic analyst firms. Third Party Advisors (TPAs) stand out as a challenging audience that is hugely impactful and complex. While many tech sectors have two to three preeminent analyst firms, research shows that the TPA landscape is more uneven with nuanced regional variations. However clear patterns do emerge among TPAs and this insight is hugely informative for supporting client acquisition.
Analysts’ oral and written comments can feely a dynamic process of business growth. Insights increasingly support activation, amplification, marketing, product management, sales engagement and social media. The value of different activities can show how maturing the insights portion of an analyst relations program can create higher levels of value.
“The AR Forum is a great event and one that is firmly on my calendar every year”
"As an AR Professional, the annual AR Forum is a valuable experience providing insight into industry issues, best practices and most importantly, a fantastic opportunity to catch up and engage with peers."- Caroline Dennington
“The AR Forum is a much-needed event for AR professionals”“The AR Forum is a much-needed event for AR professionals, especially for the many of us who run solo programs. I found lots of new ideas for doing things differently as well as validation of the things we are doing right. The networking and connections are invaluable.”
-Robin Schaffer, UNIT4
“The AR forum had an impressive attendee list of AR professionals representing many of the leading IT companies across Europe”“The forum covered interesting, relevant topics that are crucial to the successful management of modern day AR. The sessions encouraged the sharing of ideas and best practices. They also highlighted the value that analyst firms, both large and small, can bring to clients. In addition it provided a great networking opportunity. All in all a great event!”
-John Burton, EPAM Systems
Sarah ShamouelianHorizontal moves: Extending AR to Third Party Advisors
Sarah is partnerships manager for the Analyst Observatory and CEO of SageCircle. In both roles, she helps analyst relations teams to focus on business value by encouraging innovative thinking that leverages insights and drives revenue.Read More
Robin SchafferVertical growth: Measuring the growing value of insight
Robin Schaffer joined the Analyst Observatory early in 2020 to drive data collection for two major studies: the Analyst Advocacy Survey and the Startup and Scaleup & Industry Analysts survey, SSIA. She also provides consulting to companies looking to leverage the Analyst Observatory study of analyst advocacy. Her program measures the opinions about brands and…Read More
Duncan ChappleGrowing AR: horizontal and vertical options
Duncan Chapple is the preeminent consultant on the optimization of international analyst relations and the value created by analyst firms.Read More
The 2021 AR Forum will be hosted online.