This is in fact the roundup for last week, which has been quite eventful indeed.
On Wednesday and at last, Justin Speake and his mates re-launched the newly spun off IT-Analysis, as a multi-analyst firms delivery vehicle. In other words, it’s a web site where research from various firms such as Bloor Research, Evalubase, Hewson Group, Hurwitz, IE4C, Luenendonk, Macehiter Ward Dutton, Metra Martech, Quocirca, Sageza and TechConsult is hosted. Delivery is free for most but the web site sells research through Infoedge, guidance through Amazon and is also supported by advertising (has anyone got memory problems?)
For more details, both David and Duncan (interesting to note that he was invited to speak but never made it to the stage –let's blame Lewis PR for that?) have published extensive posts on this:
- [Analyst Insight:] New research portal opens up with IT Analysis re-launch
- [Analyst Equity:] IT-Analysis.com completes spinout from Bloor
We'd agree with David that everyone wins: small analysts get more exposure (fragmentation of the independent analyst world makes it difficult to navigate), users get a lot of research in one place and vendors get more visibility for sponsored research.
Overall, the business model is interesting and probably over time an alternative to the Borg: is that a first step towards open source analysts? We'd love to hear James' opinion and even more to see him join!
Just one comment for Justin though: you should replace the term "articles" by "research notes" or "reports"…
(to be continued)
Read also our previous post on Justin's plan: Have you seen my plan, my plan, my plan?