Hmmm .... first Charlene and now Rachel - two well-known analysts leaving on the same day in the same coverage area ... ok - who's next? Bueller...Bueller...
In any case, best of luck to Rachel as well!
While at IDC I've gotten to meet more interesting people than I could mention here and see a huge array of technology and corporate innovation. It has been a wonderful experience.
Alas, because of my operational experience, I am too antsy to remain on the sidelines as an analyst. I want to dig in a little more, work with companies to get their social media efforts off the ground successfully, and help develop hardened best practices and measurement guidelines. As an analyst I can report on trends but I can't really understand the ins and outs what companies struggle with on a day to day basis.