This post has been slanted by an article I read today about
Yankee Group 451 Research analyst Laura Didio (hmmm…no bio on the site), and an encounter I had today with a real industry analyst. [James Governor points to this article as well.]
Ms. Didio has been accused of placing a very hard slant towards Microsoft in most of her Operating System analyses, to the point of being almost completely invalid and useless. If Microsoft pays the bill, I don’t have a problem with her coming out and indicating where Microsoft server OSes are strong compared to Linux. But to take facts which are inconclusive and then skewing them to favour the client…well, please get out of my office.
Then I was a passive participant in a call with a well-known analyst (no name or firm here). My takeaway from the call was: I want his job. Not because he had brilliant things to say, or incredible insights to offer, but because he was being paid repulsive sums of money to state the obvious.
I spent most of the meeting shaking my head and wondering how he did it. It was like delivering a monlogue in an echo chamber: he had one thing to say, and anything that our team brought up was routed back to his topic, in a cursory way.
It was clear he had no idea what our company does, what our positioning and strategy are, and how our services could help our customers.
And we paid for this.
I hate blogging about blogging, but the whole area of analyst research is being eroded and corroded by blogs. Companies are doing their own research using Technorati and Feedster and making their own judgements.
The best way to make analysts extinct is for companies to tell their own story, in their own words, within their own context, and give it meaning.
Analysts have stolen our the ability to find and tell our own stories.