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Monday’s Musings: Reflecting On Five Years Of Disrupting The Industry Analyst Business

Thanks To Great Customers And Great Team Members Internal Memo Sent November 3rd, 2015 As many of you know, we were founded almost five years ago on November 9th, 2010.  In the midst of a recession, and after working at another startup that was moving from analyst firm to boutique consulting, the goal was to […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on November 16, 2015

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Personal Log: Our Alliance With Digital Clarity Group

A Constellation of Partnerships Ahead On March 9, 2015 Constellation Research announced a strategic alliance with Digital Clarity Group. I wanted to take a minute to discuss what this alliance means for our clients and prospects. I also wanted to share a bit about how this fits within the vision of Constellation Research. The goal […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 10, 2015

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Personal Log: Have most analysts completely given up doing research?

Authors: Phil Fersht and R “Ray” Wang, Industry Analysts who still give a sh!t (This is a collaboration and represents our individual points of view and not necessarily our employers. Oh wait, that’s us…. moving on…) The State Of The Industry Research Industry Remains Fragile We called it three years’ ago and we can now […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 23, 2014

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Personal Log: The Sad State of The Industry Analyst Business And The Need For A Code Of Ethics

Unchecked Bad Behavior Plagues Both Vendors And Analysts. I’ve dreaded writing this post for a long time.  I normally think the best of everyone.  Yet, in the course of building our business at Constellation Research, I have to say I’ve seen everything that can go wrong with the industry analyst business.  I’m almost embarrassed to […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 9, 2013

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Tuesday’s Tip: Putting the Kibosh On ERP Vendor Sales Reps Who Troll For Indirect Access

Constellation Sees An Alarming Increase In Inquiries Constellation has received an alarming increase in inquiries about an unethical vendor sales practice coined as “trolling for indirect access”. Indirect access is when a vendor claims that a client is accessing their perpetually licensed software in an unintentional manner or inappropriately licensed manner. One vendor uses a […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 28, 2013

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Monday’s Musings: The Controversy Surrounding Gartner’s CRM Market Share Analysis

The Gartner Market Share Analysis:CRM Software Report Raises Questions On Accuracy of Market Sizing Reports The recent Gartner report “Market Share Analysis: Customer Relationship Management Software, Worldwide, 2012” has generated some controversy among the enterprise software set.  The report and other reports such as these, are often used for bragging rights by vendors and for […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 6, 2013

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Event Report: IIAR UK Forum – The Future Of The Industry Analyst, Legacy Vs Disruptive

Legacy Analyst Firms Vs Disruptive Influencer Firms On March 14th, 2012 Constellation had the privilege and pleasure of presenting at the IIAR UK Chapter’s monthly meeting moderated by Simon Levin (see Figure 1).  For those who don’t know, the IIAR is a “not-for-profit organisation established to raise awareness of analyst relations and the value of […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 26, 2012

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Press Release: Social Business and Enterprise Collaboration Software Veteran Alan Lepofsky Joins Constellation Research, Inc.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada – October 3rd, 2011 11:21 am (GMT – 5:00) Eastern Time Constellation Research Inc, a next generation research analyst and advisory firm helping clients achieve business value from emerging and disruptive technologies, announced today that Alan Lepofsky has joined as a Vice-President & Principal Analyst.  With close to 20 years of experience […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 3, 2011

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Product Review: The New TweetLevel And Blog Level Provide Critical Tools For Influencer Relations And Marketing Professionals

TweetLevel Competes In A Crowded Field Of Social Analytics Vendors Focused On Twitter Since Twitter shut off its access to its APIs, companies who rank influence of twitter users have had to find other alternatives.  Jonny Bentwood, Head of Analyst Relations and Strategy at Edelman, is the master mind behind the original TweetLevel, and two […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 14, 2011

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Trends: Influencers Aspire For Market Maker Status

Eight Major Influencer Types Exist Today Analyst relations, public relations, influencer relations and other interested parties have witnessed the rapidly evolving and emerging buy-side and market influencer models.  In the past, eight influencer types followed five distinct traits (see Figure 1): Fame. Awareness, notoriety, perceived market status. Fortune. Billing rates, wealth, earnings. Market impact. Buy-side […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 2, 2011

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Personal Log: The 7 Tenets Of Building A “Star Analyst” Firm

Inspired By The Lessons Learned From Others Before Me One day on a family vacation in June 2009, my dad came up to me and said, “Son, why are you working so hard for someone else?”  Coming from my father, a “company man” who worked 30 years at the same company and rose from the […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 24, 2010

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Personal Log: Welcoming Alan Webber and Lora Cecere to Altimeter Group!

Altimeter Group Adds Supply Chain and Public Sector Coverage Our enterprise strategy clients continue to seek advice on how to apply disruptive technologies to change their business models, innovate around their processes, or adjust their organizational structure.  We’re seeing demand for a point of view that may start with customer strategy and end with supply […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 26, 2010

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Thursday’s Thanks: It’s Been A Great 5 Years!

Yes, it’s true… It’s been almost 5 years since I first joined Forrester.  I still remember my first day. I even blogged about how it was so cool to be around all those star analysts I had been following.   A few of them have left but I’ve also met a whole cast of new star […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 6, 2009

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Quips: How much industry experience do you want from your analysts?

Here’s the context…after a week at Forrester’s IT Forum in Las Vegas, clients kept coming back to us saying that in general it was refreshing seeing how much experience our analysts had and also how fun it was to meet the analysts in person. So on Friday May 28th, I posed the question, “Having an […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 31, 2009

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Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 23, 2009

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Monday’s Musings: One Humble Industry Analyst’s Thanks And Reflections On His Role

Four Years Into This Job And It Remains As Exciting As Ever It’s been awhile since I’ve posted about life as an industry analyst. In fact, the last post was January 25, 2006, in the old Analyst 101 series. At that point, I was reflecting on the job during my one year mark.  In fact, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 25, 2009

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