by Thomas Wailgum

New ‘Forrester Wave’ Chart: Tech Analyst Shocker

Sep 16, 2010
Enterprise Applications

Move over Gartner Magic Quadrant guys: Forrester Research has a Wave diagram that has to be seen to be believed.

The intensity of competition among technology research and advisory firms has always been fierce. With millions of dollars in services at stake, some very large egos come into play.

And one thing’s certain about the analysts who work at these rival companies: They love their charts and diagrams outlining which tech vendors are winners and losers in hot categories.

But did Forrester Research’s latest Wave diagram go too far?

Certainly the other IT research and advisory firms in the mix probably won’t take too kindly to their rankings. See for yourself:

Forrester Wave IT Research Advisory Firms

[Note: Of course, this is my parody of the Forrester Wave research product, which is a useful tool to compare IT vendor products and services. So: “All Rights Reserved,” “Copyright: Forrester Research,” and Please Don’t Sue Me.]

I’ve already had my fun with Gartner’s charts. See: Gartner’s Hype Cycle Like You’ve Never Seen It Before.

Who’s next, fellas?

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