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April 14, 2008


Scott Quick

Great post. Makes you wonder if Aberdeen was trying to curry favor with EMC for follow-on work ;-) Nonetheless and as you mention, analysts still play a valuable roll - IF they avoid the preordained conclusions you mentioned.

alan pelz-sharpe

As far as I know CMS Watch is the only truly independent analyst firm in the business (we never consult to vendors, we don't write white papers, speak at vendor events - we pay our own travel and expenses, we don't even accept a meal from a vendor etc). Other do a good job too such as Burton Group - but its very very unusual for analyst firms not to be heavily dependent on vendor money.
Aberdeen represents the worst elements of the analyst industry in many peoples eyes (read the WSJ exposes of their practices) - so its highly unusual and frankly hard to believe that there was no vendor funding or involvement at all in the report you mention - if it is true then maybe there is hope.
But its a double edged sword Chuck - vendors (EMC included) buy analyst subscription services and consulting - and this gives the AR managers immense leverage over the analysts - heavily influencing or stopping any negative or critical output. Sad but true.
For truly independent researchers there is no financial leverage - but there are other means to twist the arm, via restriction of access to execs or refusal to provide briefings or fact checking etc.
The analyst community and the vendor AR community is in desperate need of a thorough overhaul - and like you I think we would all benefit as a result.

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Chuck Hollis

  • Chuck Hollis
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    Chuck now works for Oracle, and is now deeply embroiled in IT infrastructure.

    Previously, he was with VMware for 2 years, and EMC for 18 years before that, most of them great.

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