Welcome to my blog! It always seems to me that when anyone starts some new venture like this it is covered with expectations and hype from all quarters. Well, I hope not to disappoint. I will cover topics wide ranging and will examine ideas of depth. I will puncture conventional wisdom and excoriate some of the practices of the past. I will sometimes try to make you laugh and possibly even weep at the state of some IT industry practices. But through it all, I hope to open your eyes. I try to live my life by communicating with people and keeping clients’ heads in the clouds – their feet one inch off the ground. That way, they tend not to get too comfortable. And in the absence of comfort – innovation prevails!
I will cover topics like Cloud Computing, Service Orientation, SOA, Changing modes of thought, Web Technologies, Process Management, Digital Home, Emerging Technologies, Application Development, Compositions, middleware, and governance. But these will not be the limit of my field of play.
I am a Managing Vice President and Chief Gartner Fellow as well as the Chief of Research for Emerging Trends in Gartner. As a member of our Senior Research Board I am a lead for Cloud Computing research and deliver our annual Prediction reports among others. My areas of research range wide and deep. I will cover topics both surprising and mundane, but my life is always exciting and I will let that be reflected in the blog. This does mean I have too much to do and not enough time to do it, though.
As Chief of Gartner’s Fellows Program I preside over the selection of new Fellows and the projects that each of them undertakes. It’s kind of like herding cats – very smart cats. Gartner Fellows are a small group of analysts who have been allowed to work on special projects outside their normal range of work. In a company with so many stellar analysts it is hard to pick out and honor only a few but Fellows stand for the thought leadership that the world will need more in the coming years.
Speaking of years, before coming to Gartner (13 years ago), I worked for three Florida Governors. And having survived that (I think), I now get to work with people ranging from individual developers to heads of major corporations and prominent government figures - anywhere in the world. It’s a good gig if you can get it; but, that in itself keeps me from falling into too much comfort. Welcome to my chaotic life.
So, I hope I can live up to that billing and make you just a little uncomfortable. And maybe I will catch some of you at our industry events. If you do look for me, I will be the guy with the Barry White voice and Forrest Whittaker’s head. But, do me a favor. If you ever have the opportunity to introduce me for a keynote, just say – “Here is Daryl Plummer – Goofy guy”. That will be just fine with me.