We planned to post on this earlier but Dave got there first: read [Analyst Insights:] Quocirca analyst starts new firm.
Dale Vile has sent us an email to describe this new venture he formed with Helen (Vile) and his web page advertises the following:
"The company was founded on the principle of adopting a more freeform approach to analysing the business impact of developments in the IT and communications markets. As boundaries come down, lines between solution categories blur and convergence takes place at both a technology and a business level, this approach provides more accurate insights into industry dynamics than the traditional category driven research model."
Still confused? Here are the coverage areas:
- "Communication and collaboration: Convergence, mobility, service provision, information sharing, collaborative working
- IT infrastructures and application architectures: Virtualisation, utility / grid computing, Web services, SOA, enabling middleware
- Customer Relationship Management: Call centre solutions, field service automation, sales force automation, best practice
- Resourcing / Outsourcing: Professional services, outsourcing, off-shoring, platform hosting, application hosting
All this at a business level. Sounds like Dale's getting into an already crowded train...
Our point of view is that the independent analysts marketplace is a very fragmented market with few strong brands. It makes them more difficult with and leverage for vendors (their main clients). However, they balanced this with low overheads enabling them to undercut larger research firms. We however think there is a space for collaboration ; this may be what James is calling Open Source Research?