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David Norton
Research Director
7 years at Gartner
25 years IT industry

In his role as research director with Gartner's application development and architecture team, David Norton supports clients by developing and delivering quality and timely research. Read Full Bio

The Rise of the Digital Invisibles

by David Norton  |  February 23, 2014

In the future there will be two tribes the “digital visible” and the “digital invisibles”.  One will embrace digital technology without question, the other limit it to their terms; one will be on the grid 24/7 the other will appear and disappear like a stealth fighter.  One will be a digital open book to be […]

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The Debt Collectors

by David Norton  |  October 25, 2013

 KNOCK  KNOCK  KNOCK – “Come on, open the door” “Just a minute, I am coming” says Jo the CIO as he walked slowly to the door.  He knew this day was coming, the day when all those “we will worry about that tomorrow” would catch him up. “Come on, open the door, don’t make us break […]

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The Nexus Will Demand Continuous Everything and Smart Systems

by David Norton  |  June 28, 2013

I have been thinking about the Nexus of forces; cloud, mobile, social, big data and what does it really mean to me and my clients! I have come up with an analogy; bit of an odd one but it demonstrates two areas I think are important. Imagine there is a spoon you have been asked […]

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Gaming Velocity or What Star Trek Taught Me About Metrics

by David Norton  |  September 7, 2012

Agile development is not immune to commercial pressures and the adverse effect it can have on individuals and teams.  We are already seeing issues with “under-promise, over-deliver” in company’s new to agile and organizations with more conservative command and control cultures. What is more, it is an increasing problem with agile sourcing. The issues we […]

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The Ticking Time Bombing Of Technical Debt

by David Norton  |  December 4, 2011

The timer flashes red 5:32, 5:31, 5:30 counting down to its final terrible conclusion. James Bond calmly leans over the device, “So is it the red or green wire, let’s go with lucky red”, snip. The counter jumps from 5:24 to 0:30. ”Ahh not so lucky red, lets try the green”, snip. The counter stops, […]

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Countering Cyber-Warfare With Conventional Force Is Not News, It’s Doctrine

by David Norton  |  June 10, 2011

For this blog I am going to be wearing my defence hat or should I say cap. I spent the best part of 15 years in defence working as a systems specialist including urgent operational needs during the first Gulf War. So it not surprising that I help to look after defence at Gartner. And […]

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Kicking off the BPA MQ

by David Norton  |  January 28, 2011

Today I kicked off the Business Process Analysis (BPA) Magic Quadrant. Writing a MQ is always a demanding task; coordinating with vendors, taking up customer references and making sure the MQ process is followed. But the hardest part is not producing the MQ its making it sure its relevant and helpful to our clients. And […]

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Will 2011 See Our Love Affair With Scrum End?

by David Norton  |  January 16, 2011

If you  talk about agile to a developer you often hear the reply “oh you mean Scrum” – the two have become synonymous.  By any measure Scrum is the most well known of the agile methods (is Scrum a method is for another blog), search results, blogs, books or surveys – its top of the […]

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Enterprise Agile in 2010

by David Norton  |  January 20, 2010

Well 3 weeks into 2010 and it already clear we going have a busy year regards agile. If last year saw the tipping point for agile this year will see the blood on the boardroom carpet. When clients told me of their plans to use Scrum on a $5 million project with 400 developers in […]

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Want to see the perfect component? – just open your eyes.

by David Norton  |  September 25, 2009

Monday night saw me settle down in front of the TV to watch “What Darwin Didn’t Know” on BBC. A documentary described as “the story of evolution theory since Darwin postulated it in 1859 in ‘On the Origin of Species’.” Towards the end of the program, and just before I nodded off (having two boy’s […]

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