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A Day in the Life of an Analyst at Gartner’s IT Symposium/EXPO Day 2

by Andrew White  |  October 4, 2017  |  Comments Off on A Day in the Life of an Analyst at Gartner’s IT Symposium/EXPO Day 2

Tuesday October 3rd.

FYI here is the day 1 summary.

6.01am Woke up before the alarm – decided to get up early to clear some emails.  Non-favorite pass-time – doing email in bed.  Note to self: Does not improve productivity, just increases production.

6.28am Sat down and Mused – my meditation tool.  Here is my mind today:

Muse Tuesday



6.45am Headed over for breakfast at Blue Zone – called in to home to check on family.

7.05am  Eggs and bacon again?  Why no sausages?  Surely we should have sausages on day two?

7.35am Sat down in Analyst Work Room.  Did some peer review.  Looked at a new Magic Quadrant for Manufacturing Execution Systems.  Looks interesting.

7.55am  Sat down in my booth for 1-1’s.  iPad all charged.  Ready to go.  Coffee in hand.

10.00am Break for a coffee refresh and check emails.  Checked news.

10.28am  Sitting down for more 1-1’s

12.00 noon break for lunch.  Headed back to my room – need to walk through my presentation coming up one last time.

1.01pm Sitting down for another couple 1-1’s

2.00pm Breaking and headed off to presentation.

2.30pm Presented “Putting Data and Analytics at the Heart of your Digital Platform” to what looked like a packed room.

3.30pm Ended presentation on time – perfectly.  Love that when it happens so well.  Headed back to work room for a sort break.  Mike Harris dropped by to say he sat in part of my presentation and he said it was good!

4.02pm Sat down for 1-1’s again.  A tad late due to talking to Mike Harris our group leader and forgot I had a 1-1!

5.30pm 1-1’s all done for the day.  Headed back to hotel room, dropped bag, changed, and headed out.

6.06pm Sat down with a potential client for a chat, drink and dinner.  Quite evening – good conversation.

8.10pm Back in hotel room.  More email.  More peer review.  Pushed one of my notes into editing.  Watched another episode of West Wing before turning in for the note at 10.45pm.

Here is an analysis of my 1-1’s through Day 2 (but note 2 are missing from this list as they were added to my schedule late):


  • VP 3
  • Director 4
  • CIO 11


  • Recycling 1
  • Healthcare 2
  • Education 3
  • Public Sector 2
  • Military 1
  • Financial Services 4
  • Food Services 1
  • Automotive 1
  • Consumer Goods 3


  • MDM 7
  • Information Governance 8
  • Application Data Management 5
  • Stewardship (not policy setting but enforcement) 3
  • Data Classification 1
  • Information as an Asset 1
  • CDO/Org/Skills 5
  • Cloud 2
  • Data and Analytics Strategy 8
  • Data and Analytics Vision 1
  • Data and Analytics Platform 2
  • Data Lake/Analytics Architecture 3



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Andrew White
Research VP
8 years at Gartner
22 years IT industry

Andrew White is a research vice president and agenda manager for MDM and Analytics at Gartner. His main research focus is master data management (MDM) and the drill-down topic of creating the "single view of the product" using MDM of product data. He was co-chair… Read Full Bio

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