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Brian Blau
Research Director
1 year at Gartner
12 years IT industry

Brian Blau is a research director in Gartner's Consumer Services group. He covers consumer services and applications as they relate to mobile devices and technology, social media, and platforms. Read Full Bio

Upcoming events

by Brian Blau  |  May 1, 2011

Its May again and at this time of year in the Bay area there are always many technology events on the calendar. I’ll be attending events every week in May and wanted to highlight a few of the more interesting gatherings. Google I/O – scheduled for May 10/11 in San Francisco the tickets sold out […]

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CES: How to “Build Money” into Mobile Apps

by Brian Blau  |  January 7, 2011

I’m delighted to have Angela McIntyre, Research Director, Consumer Technology and Markets, Gartner, provide these observations from this week’s CES show, thanks Angela! Tablets are king at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week. The slick form-factors and touch interfaces caused constant swarms of curious on-lookers around almost every tablet device display. […]

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Augmented Me

by Brian Blau  |  December 7, 2010

This past weekend I attended ARDevCamp, an “unconference” on augmented reality technical and business issues. It was a engaging and informative day and I wanted to share some of the notes on one session that was particularly insightful. A quick side note about an “unconference” (wiki). At regular conferences, such as Gartner Symposium, there are […]

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Session Suggestions

by Brian Blau  |  October 16, 2010

I was just reviewing the schedule and agenda for the Gartner Symposium/ITExpo 2010 which started today in Orlando, FL. Symposium will be a great conference all around and while I’m not in Orlando this year I’ve been to many trade shows and understand what it takes to put on a great conference. My 15+ years […]

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A Peek at Future Graphics and Imaging

by Brian Blau  |  September 27, 2010

Last week I attended NVidia’s GPU Technology Conference and there were several fascinating announcements and technology showcases that I wanted to share. First was the Autodesk/Mental Images keynote demo of 3dsmax integrated with cloud-based realtime ray tracing (video of the keynote here). The 3dsmax PC software package has a decades long history of being a […]

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User Interface Highlights from IDF

by Brian Blau  |  September 16, 2010

At the Intel Developer Forum this week there was a focus on user interface technologies and while I wasn’t expecting this aspect to be important it makes sense once you see the new integrated graphics engine in Sandy Bridge. With the new focus on graphics there was a slew of interesting demos and announcements and […]

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IDF, GTC and Augmented Chocolate

by Brian Blau  |  September 10, 2010

The fall time conference season has started here in the SF Bay area and I’ll be attending some shows as it will be a great opportunity to network and add to my growing agenda of consumer services and applications research. Today I’ll share a brief note on a several upcoming events and a summary of […]

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Hello World from the Left Coast

by Brian Blau  |  August 28, 2010

Hi. I’m Brian and I wanted to say hello, introduce myself, and let you know a little about what I’ll be up to as a Research Director here at Gartner. I’m based in the San Francisco area and I recently joined the Consumer Services team doing research on technology and business issues that are directly […]

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