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Access to research reports are generally on a license that grants possession of a copy of an individual report. The price of each report varies depending on version, topic, scope, depth, and complexity to produce and maintain it. When you subscribe, you will get access to the D6 Portal where you can download your reports and updates that are published during your subscription term.
- Assess viability of topic based on timeliness and impact.
- Scope the general hypothesis, likely metrics, and relevant body of research
- Research phase
- Validation Phase
- Vendor Reviews (to ensure accuracy and open feedback on perspectives)
- Copy Edit
- Limited Release Peer Reviews
Great question. Payment is neither requested nor accepted. We have a policy to consider ALL vendors that have a relevant solution and meet the scope of the research item we are conducting. We will either get in touch with you far in advance, or send us a note to inquire when we may be planning to cover your space. If there appears to be a match, we will disclose the abstract and criteria to be included and go from there if there is a fit.
Our policy is that any vendors that do participate in having meaningful dialogue to answer our questions, perform demos, or send us products to test will benefit by being involved in a process that enables us to consider their points of view and will benefit by being able to review draft versions of our reports before they are released to the public. We do this not for permission of the content, but to consider and gain feedback on inaccuracies and oversights that may need to be corrected. Note, we make changes at our own discretion but encourage viewpoints and feedback to consider.
Alternatively, if vendors do not participate, we will perform assessments to the best of our ability based on publicly available information and from our client community if they have hands on experience with recent versions of their product. If we cannot obtain all of the information, we will note this in the report, as well as if the vendor declined to participate. We never choose to not cover vendors because they refused to participate or made legal threats if we do so (yes, it has happened, and we strongly believe that this is the worst and inexcusable behavior in the industry that is never to be permitted). We will still do so and defend our right to do so responsibly.
Short answer, no. Longer answer: Understandably it is reasonable for manufacturers to desire to have market intelligence that is not available to their competitors or on a topic that they would like to specifically educate their customers on. Unfortunately, it is against our policy to perform research specifically for vendors that will not be available to the rest of the market. The good news is that there are plenty of analysts that do this, however we are not one of them.
If you would like to distribute research that has already been performed (or planned) to your customers, we can discuss distribution options to enable you to do so. We also offer some capability if you are a subscriber without having to pay license fees each time via our Content Redistribution License (CRLTU) that’s included with the vendor version of our research reports.
Short answer is yes. The longer answer is: 1) we do not perform research that is paid for and to be exclusive to any one entity (except investors); and 2) send us a note or call, and we can tell you if the topic is already in our queue. We typically plan a year out so we can probably tell you when we plan to tackle the topic. Alternatively, if it interests us, we can move the priority. We can be quite motivated if we have an organization that is willing to work with us where we can study the challenge in a real client environment. We don’t like doing things in a vacuum. If you are an end user and are interested in doing so, we’d love to hear from you.