It's a sad day for our industry when you wake up to learn that Phil Fersht has been voted analyst of the year by 150 analyst relations professionals at the Institute of Industry Analyst Relations.
This now means:
**Everything I say is now correct for an entire year
**HfS Research prices get a 10% hike
**Euan can't argue that our report titles sound like blog posts
**Our predictions sell-by-date gets extended to the 3rd January
In all seriousness, I would like to thank all of your for your support (especially those who voted for me - you know who you are!). This really does prove there is an independent analyst model that can co-exist alongside the big houses, and we're super-excited about what's in store for us in 2011.
I also would like to extend my congratulations to my alma-maters IDC and AMR (Gartner) which also achieved significant recognition - I learned the analyst trade during my years there and can recommend to anyone that the analyst career path is an incredibly rewarding one to follow if you are curious, critical and passionate about covering an industry.
One other award worth mentioning is our research partner EquaTerra's recognition, which is a culmination of their tireless work to drive independent thought and advice into the market.
Thanks again - it's a real honor for the HfS team to achieve such widespread industry recognition as we embark on a very ambitious research agenda,