Kenna Dian, President
Before co-founding siteIQ, Kenna managed data analysis for studies into Fortune 500 buying strategies at Alliance Development. She left in 1994 to design Websites, specializing in B2B tech companies, including Silicon Graphics, Pivotpoint, and CVSI.
Kenna merged her past experience in industrial design, Website design, and data analysis to create the siteIQ Best Practice Benchmarks used today for siteIQ’s evaluation services and eBusiness Index studies.
She has consulted with the dotcom Website teams of Fortune 500 IT companies, including IBM, Cisco, SAP, Dell, CA, HP, Adobe, and Salesforce. Also, she has performed in-depth studies in entitled developer, channel, and purchasing portals, such as IBM Developerworks, Intel Developer, HP Partner, Oracle Partner, IBM PartnerWorld, and Dell Premier.
Since 2013, she has been a judge in the Web Marketing Association’s WebAwards Competition, which gives her the opportunity to see best practices in action outside the IT industry.
When Kenna’s not scouting for Website best practices, she’s busy applying them to siteIQ’s Websites and developing sites for small enterprises outside of the IT industry.
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Nicole Wallens, Sr. Analyst
Before becoming one of the principal members of siteIQ, Nicole managed market research at Alliance Development, a firm specializing in Fortune 500 buying strategies. In 1995 Nicole shifted her focus to IT when she did a turn as a Junior Analyst at Summit Strategies, a leading provider of research about emerging markets, technologies and strategies in the IT industry.
In 1997, Nicole used her combined knowledge of B2B buying, online selling strategies, and emerging marketing clickstreams to help build the siteIQ Best Practice Benchmarks that are used today for all siteIQ evaluations.
During her career, Nicole has consulted with the dotcom Website teams of Fortune 500 IT companies including Cisco Systems, EMC, IBM, HP, SAP, Dell, CA, and Oracle. She has also prepared detailed analysis for entitled developer and channel portals such as IBM Developerworks, Intel Developer, HP Partner, Oracle Partner, and IBM PartnerWorld.
Since 2000 Nicole has been the proprietor of the siteIQ eBusiness Index, an ongoing study that audits & evaluates the 25 Websites that represent the best-of-the-best on the IT Web. This unique role allows her to focus on Website performance and how IT industry sites compete over time while also providing a holistic view of best practices and leading usability conventions.
When Nicole’s not crunching numbers to determine which Websites are the IT industry leaders, she uses her researching background to create infographics about various topics outside the tech industry.
Marty Gruhn, Founder
After spending more than 25 years as a highly respected computer industry analyst and advisor to Wall Street firms, Marty brings a distinctive business-centered perspective to creating and managing best- in-class websites that set industry standards and beat the competition.
Since co-founding siteIQ in 1995, she has consulted with every major Website organization in the IT industry, including IBM, HP, Oracle, Cisco, Dell, SAP, EMC, Intel, Adobe, Symantec, CA, Accenture, and Juniper Networks.
Previously, Marty built two premier market research firms that provide global market and Fortune 500 demand data to major computer companies and Wall Street firms. She started her career in computer sales and support.