A Day in the Life

It seems that a lot of people are curious as to what analysts do; I get asked this rather frequently when I tell someone I’m an analyst.  Many, including readers of this column, see only one or two aspects of us here at Basex, such as Basex:TechWatch, our published reports, or perhaps my syndicated column.

My day is fairly typical of that of my colleagues at Basex and probably not that different compared to other knowledge workers.  Before breakfast, I’ve scanned the news on multiple Web sites as well as my RSS reader.  I also glance at my e-mail inbox to see if there is anything urgent or important.  Breakfast includes the New York Times and Wall Street Journal with the German radio station Bayern 4 in the background.   No e-mail there; there’s nothing worse than an egg splattered ThinkPad.

The day continues…

9 h    Reading (news and e-mail)
10 h    Informal meeting with two colleagues about a report
10.30    Read today’s critical news releases
11 h    Attend briefing (collaboration vendor)
noon    Attend IT vendor analyst conference call
13 h    Internal conference reviewing a report we are writing
14 h    I take my lunch minute
14.15    Writing (in this case, a section on the problems of managing knowledge workers)
15 h    Attend briefing (search vendor)
16 h    Conference call with end-user client (subject is their need for federated search)
17 h     Out of office (one hour outside bicycling)
18 h    Research for upcoming study
19 h    Interview of end-user for upcoming report
20 h    Pause
22 h    Review of a colleague’s report (we don’t write by committee but everything we write gets reviewed by several colleagues before it goes out in report form)
23 h    Write one of my columns
0 h    Scan news of the world, including Süddeutsche Zeitung, New York Times, Le Figaro, Der Standard, and Google news feeds.

The tools I use most often are my Lotus Notes client (for e-mail, writing via our authoring system, reading some news and news releases), Lotus Sametime 7.5, both for quick questions and meetings, and my Firefox browser.

What’s your day like and which tools do you use?  Let me know at jbstools@basex.com

Jonathan B. Spira is CEO and Chief Analyst at Basex.

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