InformationWeek I.T. Research Credibility Of Analysts February 6, 2006: "Research firms make their living by offering expert advice to business and technology people about the best ways to invest their IT dollars. It can be invaluable insight, but only if that analysis comes with no strings attached. And on that, there's no guarantee. "
Interesting and timely reality check. Burton Group, my employer, does not engage (and never has) in "white papers" or other dubious vendor-sponsored project types.