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Daryl C. Plummer
Managing VP & Gartner Fellow
18 years at Gartner
35 years IT industry

Daryl Plummer is vice president, chief of Research and chief Gartner Fellow. Mr. Plummer manages the Gartner Fellows Program, which is designed to allow senior analysts the opportunity to explore new research ideas and to elevate… Read Full Bio

Cloud Services Brokerage is Built on Markets Near 1 Trillion in Spend!

by Daryl Plummer  |  October 11, 2010

I recently wrote a prediction stating that “Cloud Services Brokerage (CSB) is the single largest revenue growth opportunity in Cloud Computing”. Of course, not everyone agrees with that. So, I had to go out an try to provide more evidence. And to do that, I finished rewriting the definition of cloud services brokerage. Benoit Lheruex […]

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Gartner’s Global IT Council on Cloud Computing: Do You Have Rights?

by Daryl Plummer  |  July 11, 2010

It has long been apparent to me that Cloud Computing represents a significant change in the relationships between providers of solutions based on technology and the consumers who use those solutions. Whether you are talking about how computing solutions are paid for, who delivers them, or what the contracts for those services look like, you […]

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Can Bulk Licenses in the Cloud Save Software Vendor Revenues?

by Daryl Plummer  |  March 30, 2010

I posed an interesting question in our cloud council meeting last month. Since then, I have been trying to get more detail on the issue. The question was, when will cloud services providers begin to acquire bulk licenses of popular software products to deploy on behalf of cloud services consumers? The essential issue here is […]

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Legal Eagles And The Cloud: What Would Denny Crane Do?

by Daryl Plummer  |  February 12, 2010

In the last three months, I seem to be spending a lot of time with legal staff at large enterprises talking about cloud computing. I knew the lawyers would wake and get in this game in a big way, but what has surprised me is the amount of glee these lawyers seem to have re […]

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To Paraphrase Spock – Eat Well, and Prosper!

by Daryl Plummer  |  November 25, 2009

The days of thanks begin at birth. For the few things we adults see as thankful-giving are echoed in the heart of the giving that came when we were put together as children. So conceive again the child… Conceive every day the living breath… Conceive again the joy of light seen through eyes not blinded […]

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Fly “Clear” through the Cloud and Learn a Lesson about Fear

by Daryl Plummer  |  November 25, 2009

Lots of questions are starting to come in about whether or not information in the cloud will be safe. We all worry from time to time about some level of privacy of our information. But here is a real-world non-cloud example that illustrates exactly the nightmare scenario of fear and what has been done about […]

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In the Cloud, the Unthinkable is Just Mission Difficult, Not Mission Impossible

by Daryl Plummer  |  November 24, 2009

Wow. A great article by Mike Elgan on the impermanence of the web and the cloud was a treat to read and an eye opener to anyone who forgets that all things go through cycles of maturity (See The Wikipedia Exodus Is the Least of Our Worries). Mike correctly notes that we are all relying […]

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Google Releases new Initiative called “Google Stop”

by Daryl Plummer  |  November 13, 2009

On the heels of its recent release of the new programming language “Google Go” (See Gartner Analyst Ray Valdes’ take), the Mountainview behemoth has trumped itself with today’s release of “Google Stop”.  Unlike “Go” which is a high productivity and fast system programming language, “Stop” is actually a low productivity and slow campaign to get […]

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Is Your BPM Initiative From Mars or Venus?

by Daryl Plummer  |  September 8, 2009

Recently, my colleague, Elise Olding asked me to draw a cartoon depicting the tension between the emotional side and the analytical side of BPM. She recently published a note about it where we intended to use the cartoons but circumstances prevented them being published together. The note, called “Don’t Let Your Emotions blow Up Your […]

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To Twitter or to Tweet?: When Will We Seem as Quaint as They All Do?

by Daryl Plummer  |  September 1, 2009

Have you noticed the outmoded forms of speech that just litter our modern world? Do you remember your grandparents talking about when their grandparents first got one of those new “horse-less carriages”? Or maybe your parents remember a time when their parents talked about going to a movin’-picture? Still not close enough? How about the […]

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