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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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2015’s New Years Anti-Resolutions

by Jeffrey Mann  |  January 1, 2015

For the past several years (way too many, actually), I have written a series of blog posts on anti-resolutions for the new year. So far, that and the April Fool’s Dauy post have been my most reliable posts, sometimes the only posts in a year. Publishing predictions in a blog or video post around this […]

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Branding Issues and Australian Life Guards

by Jeffrey Mann  |  November 23, 2014

I’ve been in Australia for the last week or so for the Symposium event here, and was lucky enough to spend some time on a couple of the beaches in Gold Coast and Sydney. As well as being impressed by the scenery, sun and great swimming, the respect shown for the life guards was impressive. […]

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

by Jeffrey Mann  |  April 14, 2014

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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One More Stop Before the End of the SharePoint On Prem Line

by Jeffrey Mann  |  March 4, 2014

In October, I published a provocative research note entitled Maverick* Research: Should Microsoft Kill SharePoint? It may have been provocative at the time, but announcements from this year’s SharePoint Conference show that at least in one aspect, I was too optimistic. The note looked at the expected split coming between SharePoint on premises (which is how most users […]

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Describing the Engagement Initiative

by Jeffrey Mann  |  February 17, 2014

Last month, I had the chance to describe the Engagement Initiative in a series of one on one meetings. After doing it about 30 times, I kind of got good at it. Here is the cheat sheet for understanding what this important area of coverage at Gartner is all about. Gartner’s Engagement Initiative brings together existing areas […]

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