Introducing Our Gigaom Research Analysts

I’m proud to report that I’ve been joined at the rebooted Gigaom Research by a growing roster of world-class analysts, many who were involved with Gigaom in previous days, and a growing cadre of brainiacs that I’ve asked to come aboard to lend their skills, insights, and connections to the new Gigaom Research.

It turns out — surprise, surprise — that the contributions of the former ‘network of 200 plus independent analysts’ that was a defining characteristic of the old Gigaom Research followed a classic power law distribution, like everything else in the world of social involvement. That translates to a mathematical distribution: 90% of everything of real value was contributed by 10% of the contributors. Being inherently deeply lazy, I short circuited the work involved in getting Gigaom Research restarted by contacting that 10%. The wonderful result was that the great majority were open to getting involved in our reboot. As a result, you will be seeing the leadership of these analysts:

Larry Hawes, Adam Lesser, and Haydn Shaughnessy have returned as lead analysts with Gigaom Research. Larry will be leading our new initiative, the Research Council, that will be an amplification of what we had hoped to do with the Buyers Lens project. This is an effort to develop a research-centered community for business leaders grappling with the implications of emerging technologies in their companies. We will have a great deal more to say about that initiative in the weeks and months to come. Larry’s background has been networked business – the nexus of communication, collaboration, social networking, content management and process/activity management within and between organizations. Haydn will be a major support in that, along with his ongoing line of inquiry around business disruption and innovation. Adam will be a major force in our activities in the Internet of Things (IoT), mobility, and related topics.

Other former Gigaomers have returned: Simon Bramfitt (end user computing: desktop, application, and workplace virtualization), Carol Stimmel (cleantech, smart grid, home energy management systems, data privacy, data analytics), David Linthicum (cloud computing, enterprise applications), Phil Hendrix (mobile), Paul Miller (cloud computing, big data), Larry Cornett (consumer computing), Kristina Yee (cloud-delivered software technology, e-security and mobile commerce), Janakiram MSV (big data, cloud computing, devops), Aram Sinnreich (digital media, digital music, entertainment, new media), Michael Wolf  (IoT, smart home, consumer computing, mobile), Paul Sweeting (new media, digital entertainment, digital media), Jody Ranck (digital health, biotechnology, IoT, future studies), David Coleman (collaboration, online community, knowledge management, social networks), David Deal (digital advertising, digital marketing, social media), Dan Rasmus (work futures, future studies, collaboration, knowledge management), Jon Collins (IoT, agile, cloud computing) and Philip Sheldrake (work futures).

We have also brought aboard a few new analysts: Deb Lavoy (work futures, customer experience, social marketing), Ed Simnett (mobile, work futures, digital music), and Bob Lockhart (security, energy, IoT). I’ve known Deb for quite a long time, during her time at Open Text and Jostle, and as a savvy contributor to the discourse about the changing relationship between work and our technological foundations. Ed and I met at Instant Messaging Planet (not a place, but a now defunct conference), when he was working at Microsoft on instant messaging and workforce communications. We’ve remained close — personally and professionally — ever since, and I am extremely happy to welcome Ed to the growing roster of analysts here at Gigaom Research.

I may not have made it totally clear at the top of this post, but let me do so now: I have no intention of building out a swarm of hundreds of analysts, as the old Gigaom did. We will do a better job for our clients — both vendors looking for insight and guidance into the markets for emerging technologies, and business leaders confronted with the challenges and opportunities in our technology-impelled world — with a smaller, more agile, and more focused analyst network. Yes, we will grow to meet the needs of our clients, but we won’t be adding people who are contributors in name only.

Potential contributors can apply if they’d like to start the process of possible involvement. And of course, I am more than happy to discuss our plans for building a new Gigaom Research with anyone who is interested in learning more about our services and research direction. Feel free to contact me. I look forward to that exchange.