HfS Network

Happy Birthday... HfS Research!

February 28, 2011 | Phil Fersht

Yes, quite how this ramshackle outfit today celebrates its first birthday is quite beyond me. Exactly one year ago, we bravely declared we were a research company, with a bunch of friends, stringers and part-timers.

Today, we are a fully-loaded experienced research organization with depth and breadth of analyst talent across North America and Europe - with further expansion plans imminent.  Hell, decisions used to be so much easier when we had no money...

But seriously, all I can say is a big fat thank you for all your support, encouragement and belief in us as we've built something truly  game-changing in our industry - and one stat says it all:  One year ago we had 16,000 subscribers; today we just surpassed 50,000. One can only guess where we'll be in another 12 months.

Here's a shout out to a few of you who've played your part...

Amber Wagenknecht (Accenture): For the warning signs (and my ignoring them)

Anthony Calabrese: Just being a sourcing beast

Bill Kutik: Making me laugh - out loud

Bob Cecil and Lowell Williams (EquaTerra/KPMG): Being awesome to work with

Brian Robinson (HfS): From tenant to employee… a truly loyal chap: )

Bruce McCracken: Being there at the start

Chris Barney (Genpact): For Cardiff…

Chris Gattenio, Don Schulman, Bill Payne and MSR (IBM): Believing in us

David Poole and Carina Smith (Capgemini): Believing in us, oh and making the Magic Kingdom bearable

Dawn Evans (SIG): For your super confidence

Deb Kops (Sourcing Change & HfS): Sounding-board and under-rated marketeer

Dennis Howlett: Just being Dennis

Derek Sappenfield (PwC): For believing in us

Ed Nair (Global Services Media): Being a great supporter and simply a great guy

Emma Beaumont and Sarah Clayton (SSON): Making some super cardboard cutouts - and all the plugs during lift-off

Esteban Herrera (HfS): For raising our game

Euan Davis (HfS): For the blind leap of faith

Frank Casale (Outsourcing Institute): For finding a reason to call me everyday

Frank D'Souza (Cognizant): Being our first client

Google Apps: For a cheap, reliable IT platform

Graham Russell (Astrazeneca): The guaranteed entertainment

Jamie Snowdon (HfS): For choosing HfS to make his comeback

Jason Busch (SpendMatters & HfS): For showing how to run a small, feisty business

Jay Desai (Northern Trust): Just calling it how it is

Jeanne Achille (Devon Gp): Giving us a professional veneer (when we really needed one!)

John Hindle, Sarah Thomas, Shari Wenker, Mike Salvino and Kevin Campbell (Accenture): Believing in us from the start, oh and plenty of Pink Champagne and Formula 1

John Transier (Unilever): A great sport

Jolie Newman: Just being helpful

Jonty Woodhouse: For making us legal!

Lee Coulter (Acsension Health): Making me laugh - from the start

Mark Reed-Edwards (HfS): For putting up with me

Michelle Liukin (HfS): The invoice queen

Mike Atwood: Being there in the early days

Mum and Dad: For having complete confidence this would work

My wife: For putting up with all this cr*p

Peter Allen (CSC): Being such a great thinker

Pramod Bhasin, Tiger, Gianni Giacomelli and Bob Pryor (Genpact): Great contributors and supporters

Prof. Leslie Willcocks and Dr. Will Venters (at the London School of Economic): For flouting establishment and partnering with us

Ray Wang (Constellation): Fellow analyst rebel

Ritesh Idnani, Pranay Juyal and Wendy Shlensky (Infosys): Believing in us, and teaching us how to negotiate!

Roxanna Wall (UBS): For always believing in us

Simon Newton (Kimberly Clark): A great sport and a great guy

Stan Lepeak (EquaTerra/KPMG): Keeping the faith

Stephanie Overby (CIO Magazine):  For giving us media-cred

The Enterprise Irregulars: For providing a remarkable amount of entertainment and value

The old AMR team (now Gartner): Providing such a great platform for HfS - and not suing us!

The ValueNotes team: For being reliable

Tony Filippone (WellPoint): The vendor governor

TPI: Being good sports...I know I give you a hard time : )

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  1. James Davis
    Posted Feb 28, 2011 04:22 PM | Permalink Reply

    Many congratulations, Phil and team. You are doing an absolutely wonderful job for the analyst industry - and the services market,

    James D.

  2. Gaurav
    Posted Feb 28, 2011 06:23 PM | Permalink Reply

    Rock on HFS! A whole year already - well done guys,


  3. Jason Brevitz
    Posted Mar 01, 2011 02:27 AM | Permalink Reply

    Many congratulation HFS - quite the achievement! You perform such a valuable service - and resource - for the outsourcing industry,

    Jason Brevitz

  4. Robert Stainrod
    Posted Mar 01, 2011 03:29 AM | Permalink Reply

    Phil and team:

    How time flies - may your second year bring you even more success and deserved recognition,

    Robert Stainrod

  5. Johnny Elkington
    Posted Mar 01, 2011 06:30 AM | Permalink Reply

    Excellent achievement, HFS team. I did wonder at the beginning how this would work, and you've really proven the Research 2.0 model works. Bravo!


  6. Warren Miles
    Posted Mar 01, 2011 07:32 AM | Permalink Reply

    Happy Birthday, HfS Research. You have worked wonders to grow so quickly and become such a cornerstone of the research industry,

    Warren Miles

  7. Alain Schaeffer
    Posted Mar 01, 2011 11:05 AM | Permalink Reply

    Many congratulations to the HfS Research team. You've been a credit to the sourcing industry with your excellent research and blogs,


  8. Eric
    Posted Mar 01, 2011 12:58 PM | Permalink Reply

    Phil and team: just promise you're not going to become a mini-Gartner -:)

    In all seriousness, well done on achieving this milestone - you should all be very proud,


  9. Amanda Hare
    Posted Mar 02, 2011 01:03 AM | Permalink Reply

    Well done on achieving your first year as a research company! It's great to come here and find out what's "really" going in in outsourcing,

    Amanda Hare

  10. Suresh Singh
    Posted Mar 02, 2011 03:02 AM | Permalink Reply

    It seems like only yesterday that you started. Well done on achieving so much so quickly,


  11. Ted Donnelly
    Posted Mar 02, 2011 02:14 AM | Permalink Reply

    Congrats to the HFS research team! Here's to another year,

    Ted Donnelly

  12. Irene
    Posted Mar 03, 2011 03:34 AM | Permalink Reply

    Congratulations on a well deserved one year run. Looking forward to many more such years to come! Thanks for a great insights into the real outsourcing world !

  13. Irene
    Posted Mar 03, 2011 03:35 AM | Permalink Reply

    Congratulations on a well deserved one year run. Looking forward to many more such years to come! Thanks for the great insights into the real outsourcing world !

  14. Phil Fersht
    Posted Mar 04, 2011 02:00 AM | Permalink Reply

    Thanks for all the best wishes! Your support is very much appreciated,


  15. Suyog
    Posted Mar 07, 2011 07:35 PM | Permalink Reply

    Fantastic, Phil and team. Congratulations and let us know where and when is the party :)

  16. Wendy Shlensky
    Posted Mar 08, 2011 06:55 AM | Permalink Reply

    Happy Birthday Phil & HfS! You've come along way in a year and we're looking forward to working with you for many more. Cheers to you all, Wendy Shlensky

  17. Gabby
    Posted Mar 15, 2011 12:38 PM | Permalink Reply

    Happy B-Day!... i did remember that last year around these days it was your birthday ;) Congrats!

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