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A Day in the Life of an Analyst at Gartner’s IT Symposium/EXPO Day 3

by Andrew White  |  October 5, 2017  |  Comments Off on A Day in the Life of an Analyst at Gartner’s IT Symposium/EXPO Day 3

Wednesday October 4

FYI here is are the summaries for day 1 and day 2.

5.40am Awoke, and rolled over for a few moments and decided to get up.  Feeling refreshed and ready to go.  Email in bed again!  Need to drop that habit.

6.01am Dressed and ready.  A few more emails.  All done by about 6.15am.

6.18am Mused again – see details below.  Don’t know if Musing earlier and earlier changes or impacts the pattern of brain activity.  I assume it does.  A few minutes a day won’t make much difference.

Muse Wednesday


Interesting how Tuesday was a more “relaxing” morning given my presentation took place later that day.  I would have thought I would have been more wound up.  Maybe I am comfortable with the material it didn’t worry me?

6.35am Headed over to breakfast.

7.15am Sitting down in analyst work room clearing email and catching up with the Oracle Open World news and emails from the team on the ground in San Francisco.  Seems like Larry Ellison’s key note caused a bit of a stir.  I need time to watch it.

8.00am Sitting down, coffee in hand, for 1-1’s.

10.05am Break – stretch the legs and more coffee.

10.30am 1-1’s again.

12.30pm Head over to get a bite to eat for lunch.  More emails but thankfully no more peer reviews to squeeze in.  Checked my new Data and Analytics IT Score note is now finished and ready to publish.  Now waiting until end October to update the system so the new maturity model can be used by clients and users.

1.27pm More 1-1’s

3.00pm Break

3.30pm More 1-1’s.  Yes, more 1-1’s.

5.45pm 1-1’s over for the day.  Organized my inbox for my next task.  Walked through show-room floor to see what was up.  Still pretty busy.

6.10pm in hotel room and sat through the Oracle Open World keynotes from Larry Ellison, Mark Hurd and Thomas Kurian.  Very interesting stuff.  Some new products.  I though much of the content interesting and useful.  Really liked the “fire side” chat by Mark Hurd.  I’d love to chat with him about the GDP thing.  Also funny to see Matt Johnson from “development”.  I know Matt well – or did.  He used to work at Benchamarking Partners, an old research firm in Boston.  He was the CTO of Syncra Systems, an early pioneers in CPFR software.  I am glad he looks well and seems to be doing well at Oracle.  On stage with Larry!!!!

8.30pm headed out to late dinner with some analysts.

10.40pm Left table and headed back.  Can’t believe its so late!

10.55pm back in hotel room.  Cleared inbox, one episode of West Wing, then sleeeeeeeeppppp around 11.20pm.

Here is an analysis of my 1-1’s through Day 3 (but note 2 are missing from this list as they were added to my schedule late):


  • VP 4
  • Director 5
  • CIO 19
  • CTO 1
  • COO 1


  • Industrial/Mfg 3
  • Process/Mfg 1
  • Recycling 1
  • Healthcare 3
  • Education 3
  • Public Sector 5
  • Military 1
  • Financial Services 6
  • Media 1
  • Marketing Services 1
  • Food Services 2
  • Automotive 1
  • Consumer Goods 5


  • MDM 9
  • ADM 8
  • Information Governance 13
  • Stewardship (not policy setting but enforcement) 6
  • Data Classification 1
  • Information as an Asset 1
  • CDO/Org/Skills 7
  • Cloud 5
  • Analytics and BI Strategy 2
  • Data and Analytics Vision/Strategy 12
  • Data and Analytics Platform 4
  • Data Lake/Analytics Architecture 4
  • Data Mgt/Operational Architectures 7

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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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