Several additional questions for industry analysts...
- I periodically talk with industry analyst firms who may provide me with a "lead". In turn, I will usually provide feedback to them on whether it worked out or not. The curious thing though is that many corporate buyers of analyst research tend to think of industry analysis as a one-way street. I believe that providing feedback helps make everyone better. The funny thing is that no one has ever asked me for feedback but of course I given it anyway (Command is one of my strengths). The real question is do analysts really want feedback and if so, how come they never ask for it? Is there such a thing as best practices for giving feedback to industry analyst firms?
- James Governor of RedMonk has been posting on What do "numbers" analysts do. I don't want to be guilty of reading into his posts but there seems to be a hint that customers of industry analyst firms are moving away from quantitative analysis towards qualitative analysis. Could someone quantify whether quantifying or qualitative analysis is more important to today's enterprise?
- The discussion around open source still seems to be around software vendors with something to sell. There are large Fortune enterprises such as Duke Energy who have nothing to sell in terms of software yet have openly contributed wonderful projects to the community such as their DUK.NET Application Framework. What should they be doing to get their story told? How can other Fortune enterprises that would benefit from hearing their story actually get a chance to?
- I am in a somewhat weird situation in that I can be a customer and vendor within the same conversation. This year on my radar at home, I plan on contributing code, insight, etc to Liferay Enterprise Portal, ServiceMix (Extremely scalable ESB), Xen and possibly Shibboleth. I am not interested in just contributing to add value to the community at large but have an equal need to take care of my own big ego. Simply, I would like for these products to show up leading categories on industry analyst rankings. Getting into innovative, promising, etc type categories doesn't meet my own requirements. In short, I want to move the needle but can't figure out exactly how to do this in terms of these products. Can someone tell me what features these respective projects need in order to gain the number one spot?