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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Gartner Introduces the Hype Bicycle

by Jeffrey Mann  |  April 1, 2013  |  Submit a Comment

Gartner’s popular Hype Cycles are getting a real world accessory: The Hype Bicycletm! Specially designed to help navigate the peaks and troughs that IT managers encounter every day, the Hype Bicycletm is your vehicle for IT success. After last year’s Magic Fractals and the year before’s Real Quadrants,  this new addition to Gartner’s branded research [...]

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Gartner Introduces “Magic Fractals”

by Jeffrey Mann  |  April 1, 2012  |  2 Comments

1 April, 2012: After last year’s successful launch of “Real Quadrants,” Gartner has announced the next iteration in the development of its most popular branded deliverable. The Magic Quadrant’s two axes and four categories have proven insufficient to capture the complexities of IT markets in the second decade of the 21st century. Entire product categories [...]

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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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The Next Social Thing

by Jeffrey Mann  |  January 5, 2011  |  2 Comments

As social software becomes more popular and widely-adopted, it seems like everything is getting a social component. I recently tweeted some musings about what could be the next big social thing. My colleague Andy added a few more. I thought I would use this longer format to add some possibilities of what these Next Big [...]

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New Years Anti-Resolutions for 2011

by Jeffrey Mann  |  January 1, 2011  |  5 Comments

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

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Twappy Twirthday Twittter

by Jeffrey Mann  |  March 22, 2010  |  1 Comment

It is hard to believe that the Twitter phenomenon is only four years old, but it’s true that the Twitter.com service went live on March 21, 2006. It has enjoyed a meteoric rise into common consciousness, such that even people who never use it know what (more or less) it is, and have heard celebrities [...]

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