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A Day in the Life of an Analyst at Gartner’s IT Symposium/EXPO Day 4

by Andrew White  |  October 6, 2017  |  Comments Off on A Day in the Life of an Analyst at Gartner’s IT Symposium/EXPO Day 4

Thursday October 5th

FYI here is are the summaries for day 1day 2. and day 3.

Despite the later than desired bedtime last evening, I was awake before the alarm.  I as up and “at ’em” around 5.45am.  Dressed and sitting at my desk, email all done by 6.20am, and Musing (meditating) as follows:


Muse ThursdayIt is interesting to note the I did this analysis for Symposium the last time I did this analysis for Symposium the pattern was clear – ov the week the line was more tired.  By the end of the week the line was on average much lower, more tired.  I don’t think I was better able to control my focus – I just think my mind was more tired.  This time however I seem less tired.  I guess that’s a good think.  My second 1-1 this morning drew a comment from an attendee as follows:
“Wow – you seem as bright and eager as you were probably on Monday!”  So for whatever reason, I was feeling pretty good!

6.55am Headed over to breakfast.  Decided to skip it today and head to the workroom so I can work on my note outline for “Putting Data and Analytics at the Heart of Your Digital Business Platform” that will publish as a result of my presentation of the same name this week at Symposium.

7.20am Sitting in the workroom – some carbs and a banana – and plenty of coffee.  Good to go.

8.00am Sitting in my booth for my first 1-1.

10.00am break

10.30am Back for more 1-1’s.  Noted my last 1-1 of the day just cancelled.

11.30am Break for a bite to eat – check out – check bag – getting ready to head home soon.

12.30pm Back for more 1-1’s.  Noted my second to last 1-1 of the day (not the last) also just cancelled.  I can leave a tad early!

1.30pm Last 1-1 wrapped up.  Noted that at least 5 of my 1-1’s that I can remember this week were with the same folks I had met at previous events.  This was quite a nice touch.

2.45pm Collected bag and headed to airport.

3.20pm Arrived at airport – was able to change my flight without penalty (always a good thing) and took earlier flight.  Middle seat alas.  Oh well.  Saved 2 hours.

5.45pm Landed Atlanta.  Traffic will be hellish.  Yes it was.

7.15pm Arrived home.  Managed to join the family for dinner (given ability to catch earlier flight).

10.20pm Absolutely shattered.  Bedtime.

Here is a final analysis of my 1-1’s and an updated view of the industries I spoke to:


  • VP 7
  • Director 5
  • CIO 21
  • CTO 3
  • COO 2


  • Recycling 1
  • Information/Research/Media 7
  • Education 4
  • Healthcare 2
  • Pharmaceutical 1
  • Industrial 3
  • City/State Government 2
  • Banking 4
  • Federal Government 5
  • Food Services 2
  • Financial Services 5
  • Consumer Goods 5
  • Packaging 1
  • Logistics/Distribution 2
  • Military 1
  • Insurance 1
  • High tech 1
  • IT vendor 1


  • B2B Services 11
  • B2C Services 18
  • Public Sector 10
  • Manufacturing/Discrete 7
  • Manufacturing/Process 2



  • MDM 12
  • ADM 9
  • Information Governance/policy setting 16
  • Information Stewardship/policy enforcement 13
  • Content Governance/Metadata Mgt 1
  • Data Classification 1
  • Information as an Asset 1
  • CDO/Org/Skills 9
  • Cloud 7
  • Culture 5
  • Data and Analytics Vision/Strategy 13 (modern, digital-ready)
  • Data and Analytics Platform 4
  • Data for analytics/Data Lake/Analytics Architecture 6 (legacy big data/analytics)
  • Data Mgt/Operational Architectures 8

Rewarding shift in focus from “analytics” (as in legacy) and “data for analytics” (as in, big data/analytics) towards “data and analytics” which is much more digital-ready.

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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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