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Jeffrey Mann
Research VP
20 years with Gartner and META Group
30 years IT industry

Jeffrey Mann is a Research VP at Gartner, covering cloud office, collaboration and social software.

Looking for 2017’s African Aspiring Innovators

by Jeffrey Mann  |  March 7, 2017

Now in its third year, the search has started for the Aspiring Innovators to be highlighted at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Africa 2017. It will put the spotlight on interesting African startup technology companies who have something unique to offer enterprise organisations. The goal of this programme is to both support the African startup technology scene, […]

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(They’re Back!) New Year’s Anti-Resolutions for 2017

by Jeffrey Mann  |  January 2, 2017

Last year, I opted not to do the yearly New Year’s anti-resolutions I have been doing since 2009. I thought that things were generally going pretty well, with no need to talk people out of doing stuff I don’t think they should be doing. Big mistake. Looking back on 2016, it seems that there is a need […]

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Africa’s Aspiring Innovators 2016

by Jeffrey Mann  |  September 27, 2016

In addition to being an analyst, one of the most fun things I get to do is chair the Symposium event in Cape Town. With about 1000 delegates, it is one of the smaller Symposium sites, certainly compared with the hordes who go to Orlando. The scale of the Cape Town event means that I get […]

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Gartner Cancels Hype Cycle in Response to “Peak Hype” Crisis

by Jeffrey Mann  |  April 1, 2016

Stamford, Connecticut 1 April, 2016 Following on reports of the global environment reaching “peak hype,”Gartner Inc announced today that it will cancel this year’s publication of its popular Hype Cycle series. “World wide stocks of hype are at dangerously low levels,” said a company spokesperson. “It would be irresponsible to contribute further to this decline by […]

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Anti-Anti-Resolutions for 2016

by Jeffrey Mann  |  January 4, 2016

I have been writing anti-resolutions around this time for several years. They are “anti” in the sense that they describe things I would like other people to stop doing rather than what I intend to do. But not this year. This is an anti-anti-resolution post. Because I came up blank. Nothing new to moan and […]

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Africa’s Aspiring Innovators

by Jeffrey Mann  |  September 30, 2015

One of the perks of being a symposium conference chair is that I get to try some fun things, particularly at a smaller event like the one just closing in Cape Town. This year we tried something new that highlights local high tech startups from Africa. We asked on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook for companies […]

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Fun with EFSS MQ Surveys

by Jeffrey Mann  |  August 5, 2015

One of the least fun parts about being an analyst (or, I imagine working with analyst relations at a vendor) is dealing with magic quadrant and critical capabilities vendor surveys. We use these to collect information from vendors about their products when preparing these research notes. We combine this information with our assessments and impressions […]

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The 11 Steps Established Vendors Go Through when Something New Comes Along

by Jeffrey Mann  |  July 14, 2015

As an analyst, I often see new Big Things coming by. Things like cloud, big data, mobility, even going back to client-server. The reaction of established vendors to these Big Things is pretty predictable, even depressingly so. Here is what it looks like, where X = whatever is new. X will never work No one […]

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Dropbox Acquires CloudOn: GameOn, but Which Game?

by Jeffrey Mann  |  January 21, 2015

Word emerged today that Dropbox has acquired CloudOn, a mobile productivity vendor based in Israel. CloudOn produced a Microsoft Word compatible editor for mobile devices and browsers. There are two ways to look at this move. It makes sense for Dropbox, as editing is functionality that their users are looking for. Having it would help them […]

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Finally, Facebook at Work

by Jeffrey Mann  |  January 14, 2015

Over the last several years, I have done many inquiries which are some variation of “How do we get Facebook for use internally?” or “When will Facebook issue a version for use within our company?” I would generally point to pure-play enterprise social vendors because I was pretty sceptical about Facebook doing this, for two […]

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