Jeffrey Mann

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Don’t Let This Happen to Me; Looking to Do a Good PCC Keynote

by Jeffrey Mann  |  April 14, 2014  |  1 Comment

Like most Gartner analysts, I do quite a few presentations at our events. Sometimes, I get involved in the keynotes, which are both much more fun and much more intense. With each keynote, we want to try something new, provoke different ways of thinking and have a little more fun than we do in the [...]

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2014′s New Years Anti-Resolutions

by Jeffrey Mann  |  January 1, 2014  |  Submit a Comment

For the past several years, I have written a series of blog posts on anti-resolutions for the new year. Publishing predictions in a blog or video post around this time of year is easy and predictable. So I won’t. If lots of people do something, that usually is enough reason for me not to do it. My resolutions are “anti” [...]

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New Year’s Anti-Resolutions for 2013

by Jeffrey Mann  |  January 1, 2013  |  1 Comment

For the last several years, I have written a series of blog posts on my anti-resolutions for the year. It’s easy to publish predictions and yearly previews in a blog around this time of year. So I won’t. If lots of people do something, that usually is a pretty good reason for me not do [...]

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New Year’s Anti-Resolutions for 2012

by Jeffrey Mann  |  January 1, 2012  |  Submit a Comment

For the last several years, I have done blog posts on what I call my anti-resolutions for the year. Many bloggers publish their predictions and highlights around this time of year. So I won’t. If lots of people do something, that usually is a good enough reason for me not do it. My resolutions are [...]

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Getting Sociable at Symposium Barcelona

by Jeffrey Mann  |  November 4, 2011  |  2 Comments

Gartner’s big European event starts next week in Barcelona, a welcome change from Cannes, in my own opinion. Social is inevitably a hot topic, and I look forward to speaking with many customers over the four days of the conference. I will be doing two workshops (defining a social media strategy, and creating a SharePoint [...]

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Real Quadrants? Not Really

by Jeffrey Mann  |  April 2, 2011  |  2 Comments

I had a little fun in yesterday’s April 1 post assigning new names to the Magic Quadrants, and renaming the whole thing to Real Quadrants. I hope I left enough clues that it was a joke, but it actually illustrates a frustrating issue. I am starting the process to update the Externally-Facing Social Software Magic [...]

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Gartner Introduces “Real Quadrants” on April 1, 2011

by Jeffrey Mann  |  April 1, 2011  |  10 Comments

We are constantly looking at our branded deliverables to see how they can be improved or connect more closely with how our customers use them. Customer feedback has told us that the names of the 4 sections in our Magic Quadrants don’t correspond with how many customers choose to interpret them. Despite our efforts to [...]

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I Apologize for Being Poison for Vendor Demos

by Jeffrey Mann  |  January 26, 2011  |  7 Comments

I wish to apologize for all of the demos I have somehow disrupted, those in the past and I am sure, in the future. I see a lot of vendor briefings as an analyst. A disturbing number of them go wrong. I cannot count how many times I heard the phrase “Haven’t seen that before…” [...]

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Cannes Symposium 2010

by Jeffrey Mann  |  November 19, 2010  |  1 Comment

Symposium is usually an intense experience, and this year was no different. This year 3300 attended the event, a 21% increase over last year. It was the biggest EMEA Symposium in the last ten years. Close to 100 analysts did 200 presentations, almost 2200 1on1 meetings, and about 40 user roundtables. Personally, I did 26 [...]

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Interesting analysis, but not really mine

by Jeffrey Mann  |  August 27, 2010  |  2 Comments

Last week I did a Gartner webinar on trends in social software. These are fun to do, because I get to talk to lots of people at once rather than the one on one inquiries I usually do. They also generate a fair amount of discussion and comment on blogs, Twitter and in the media, [...]

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