Lydia Leong

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Yet more reasons to work at Gartner with me

by Lydia Leong  |  October 21, 2014  |  Submit a Comment

The TL;DR: My team at Gartner has an open position for someone who has a strong understanding of cloud IaaS — someone who has experience architecting for the cloud, or who has worked on the vendor side of the market (product management, solutions architecture, engineering, consulting, etc.), or is an analyst at another firm covering […]

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Shooting squirrels from the roof

by Lydia Leong  |  January 12, 2014  |  Comments Off

I’ve been spending the last week revising the combined service-provider survey for our Magic Quadrant for Cloud IaaS, and the new regional Magic Quadrants for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting. With every year of revision, the way I ask questions becomes lengthier and more specific, along with the boldfaced “THESE THINGS DO NOT COUNT” caveats. These caveats […]

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Five more reasons to work at Gartner with me

by Lydia Leong  |  August 26, 2013  |  Comments Off

A couple of years ago, I wrote a blog post called “Five reasons you should work at Gartner with me“. Well, we’re recruiting again for an analyst to replace Aneel Lakhani, who is sadly leaving us to go to a start-up. While this analyst role isn’t part of my team, I expect that this is […]

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The meta-info of my OpenStack note

by Lydia Leong  |  October 1, 2012  |  1 Comment

I’ve been reading the social media reactions to my recent note on OpenStack, “Don’t Let OpenStack Hype Distort Your Selection of a Cloud Management Platform in 2012” (that’s a client link; a free public reprint without the executive summary is also available), and wanted to respond to some comments that are more centered on the […]

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UP and to the RIGHT

by Lydia Leong  |  July 23, 2012  |  Comments Off

Richard Stiennon, a former colleague of mine (he was a security analyst at Gartner from 2000-2004), has just written a book, “UP and to the RIGHT: Strategy and Tactics of Analyst Influence: A complete guide to analyst influence“. It’s a good guide to analyst relations in general, but it’s focused on Gartner, and especially the […]

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Corporate culture and women in IT

by Lydia Leong  |  May 15, 2012  |  4 Comments

So, I want to start this blog post by stressing that, like all of my posts, according to Gartner’s policies, it is strictly personal opinion. But I feel like this issue is important, and that I can say something constructive in the conversation around the role of women in technology and the culture of technology […]

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The Tip of the Spear

by Lydia Leong  |  May 14, 2012  |  Comments Off

So I caught an interesting Horses for Sources blog post via Twitter — Phil Fersht of HfS called out a blog post of ISG’s Stanton Jones discussing the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Managed Hosting that I published earlier this year. Stanton Jones’s argument seems to be that analysts sit in ivory towers, theorizing about suppliers, […]

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Wanted – Cloud IaaS Expert

by Lydia Leong  |  March 22, 2012  |  1 Comment

Back in December, I blogged about five reasons you should work at Gartner with me, and I’ve pleased to announce that Doug Toombs (formerly of Tier 1 Research / 451 Group) has joined my team. However, Ted Chamberlin, my long-time colleague, has decided he’d like a change of pace, and has just left us for […]

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Five reasons you should work at Gartner with me

by Lydia Leong  |  December 12, 2011  |  6 Comments

Gartner is hiring again! We’ve got a number of open positions, actually, and somewhat flexible about how we use the headcount; we’re looking for great people and the jobs can adapt to some extent based on what they know. This also means we’re flexible on seniority level — anywhere from about five years of experience […]

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Do you really want to be in the cloud?

by Lydia Leong  |  November 20, 2011  |  1 Comment

People often ask me what it’s like to be an analyst at Gartner, and for me, the answer is, “It’s a life of constant client conversations.” Over the course of a typical year, I’ll do something on the order of 1,200 formal one-on-one conversations (or one-on-small-team, if the client brings in some other colleagues), generally […]

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