Bloor is able to offer you the breadth of services, reach and geographical coverage normally only available from a major international organisation. The way we achieve this is partly through proactively seeking superior partners who offer complementary services and/or who can better service other international regions—then forming joint ventures and alliances

A selection of our alliances is described below:

Cloud Industry Forum

The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF), is an industry body that champions and advocates the adoption and use of Cloud-based services by businesses and individuals. CIF aims to educate, inform and represent Cloud Service Users, Cloud Service Providers, Cloud Infrastructure Providers, Cloud Resellers, Cloud System Integrators and international Cloud Standards organisations.

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Winmark Technology Leaders Network

The Winmark Technology Leaders Network is aimed at IT Leaders of FTSE 350 companies who are enablers of business strategy. The Network is run by members for members and boasts a high calibre advisory panel that reflects the demand of CIO’s. The Network provides a platform for high-level knowledge sharing, where CIO’s share their experiences and provide insight on commercial challenges; thus, having a wider impact. Membership benefits you, your team, and your organisation given the unique position and knowledge it delivers on a variety of topics.

The CIO Network facilitates learning, support and knowledge-sharing through:

  • Roundtable discussions – held bi monthly in central London on key challenges faced by CIOs. The meetings offer members the opportunity to share best practice with peers under the Chatham House Rule.
  • ‘Peer Consults’ – members can anonymously put issues they have to the membership. The responses are collated, anonymised and circulated. The facility ensures members’ own approaches can be benchmarked or ‘sanity checked’. Numerous members have saved on consultancy or advisory fees through the facility.
  • Development courses – provided as part of CIO membership and are an excellent way for members to accelerate their own development or that of team members. The programme is made up of high-quality, one-day workshops and courses, including our highly successful One-Day MBA.
  • Business Intelligence – Winmark’s in-house Business Intelligence Team can undertake benchmarking or bespoke research and diagnostics for individual members. As part of the Winmark suite of networks, membership provides you with unparalleled access to shared learnings of corporate CEOs, FDs, NEDs, HRDs etc.

About Winmark
Established in 1997 and now Europe’s leading professional network business with over 3,500 members from 700 organisations, including half the FTSE 100. Winmark’s purpose is to Develop, enable and equip CxOs and Boards for today and the future. Winmark represents World Class best practice for network creation and management, and is proud to work with the best network team and have the best operational practices and systems. In addition to these networks we also offer World Class bespoke and network specific research and training programmes.

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SureFire Sales

The SureFire Sales Success™ process enables those selling IT products or services to rapidly and consistently identify sweet-spot sales opportunities, to build a robust and differentiated proposition and to keep their sales and marketing resources constantly focused on addressable and winnable new business. We provide constant market and competitor assessment and intelligence to ensure your sales and marketing teams are always up to date and able to focus their efforts ruthlessly.

Once SureFire is in place, our team of industry and sector experts are available to provide additional and on-going coaching and development (for example, in depth and specialist market knowledge or CIO /CFO “exposure” and proposition testing), deal and bid support, collateral development and advice on sales and marketing approaches and initiatives.

In some instances we are also able to provide a direct introductions service to broker a meeting with the decision makers of your choice.

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Concertant

Concertant is a unique consultancy specialising in all aspects of multi-core processors and parallel computing, which is a very fast-growing business. Concertant’s partners have been working together and separately for over twenty years on a wide variety of aspects of multi-processor and parallel computing: advising national and quasi-national governmental organizations, running national and multi-national projects and developing hardware, software and related tools. They have covered application areas as diverse as: data-mining, finance, aeronautics, transportation, embedded systems, working with supercomputers, grids and high-performance workstations. As part of various bodies they have also helped to specify language modifications to take advantage of parallelism. This gives Concertant an almost unrivalled breadth of experience.

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Hurwitz & Associates

Through Bloor Research’s partnership with Hurwitz & Associates, IT suppliers and purchasers gain from a greatly enhanced physical presence that spans the US and European markets and a larger pool of analysts.

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IT-Director.com

In 2005, Bloor Research was a launch partner for what is becoming the most important global IT information source for IT decision-makers. At the heart is an independent web portal — IT-Director.com — which brings together research, analysis, comment and opinion from across the entire technology analyst community. The service now also delivers an information feed directly to IT users and suppliers, including organisations with strong communities such as the BPMG and FAST.

Those responsible for IT strategy and purchases will gain key decision-making insight. Regular contributions from over 30 analyst companies (and growing) such as Bloor, Hurwitz, Quocirca, and MWD Advisors—plus other independent experts from organisations such as Cranfield University—ensure wide, deep coverage that toes no company line and above all carries authority.

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