How useful are IT research and analysis services?

David R. Firth, E. Burton Swanson

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How do firms keep abreast of new waves of information technology (IT) innovations such as CRM and Web services? Many engage IT research and analysis (R&A) firms such as Gartner Group and Forrester Research. But how do buyers of IT R&A offerings actually make use of these services, and how useful do they find them? Why do some companies choose not to use IT R&A services? We examine these questions in the context of a survey, and find that users and non-users of IT R&A services can be classified. Users fall into three groups: proactive, reactive and situational. Non-users are either cost-conscious or need-doubters. We compare the different groups and suggest the implications for management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-159
Number of pages9
JournalBusiness Horizons
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2005


  • Adoption
  • Comprehension
  • IT analysis
  • IT consulting
  • IT research
  • Implementation


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