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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

IBM Couldn’t Care Less About Being Cool. But Should We?

by Daryl Plummer  |  August 18, 2009

For years I have had to interact with IBM as the “Big Dog” or the “Stodgy Legacy Guys” or the “Mainframe guys” or some such appellation that exists somewhere outside the range of any sense of coolness. The last three years have seen a change in the “grand old dame” of IT and I have […]

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How ATT, Michael Jackson, and Farrah Fawcett Ruined My “Cloud” Plans

by Daryl Plummer  |  July 23, 2009

After a long hiatus from posting I am back with a bit of trivia that should make us all a little nervous about how easy cloud issues can become stuck in the mud. Ok, so I have a lot of friends who like to depend on me for technical support whenever they want to get […]

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Can the Cloud Return Us to Growth?

by Daryl Plummer  |  May 24, 2009

In a recent article published at, HP executive Russ Daniels penned an interesting piece called A Cloud In Every Garage. I have to admit that on reading the title, I thought I was in for a train wreck. The article looked to be positioned to follow the same mis-guided notions of “a cloud” as […]

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An App Store Developer War Starting? Oh, Nick, say it ain’t so!

by Daryl Plummer  |  April 24, 2009

Ok, so before I write anything else I will remind you that I like my iPhone – so take everything from this line on with a grain of salt. That is a bad thing for an analyst to admit but I didn’t say I like all the arcane and sometimes Faustian agreements that seem to […]

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Do we Need a Smarter Planet, or Smarter People?

by Daryl Plummer  |  April 23, 2009

I just finished the 5th conversation in a month with clients asking me to do a technical overview of IBM’s Smarter Planet. It is a marketing campaign that basically says we can use technology to inject more “smartness” into everything we do from infrastructure to work to become more effective. The interesting thing about this […]

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Night of the Living Dead: Will Oracle buying Sun Raise the Specter of “Network Computing” Again?

by Daryl Plummer  |  April 20, 2009

Today, Oracle announced plans to acquire Sun Microsystems. Gartner is in the process of generating an official position on what this means. You’re going to want to see what we have to say since there will be multiple pieces dissecting this acquisition announcement. However, in the here and now, it occurred to me, after listening […]

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G-Men #6 and #7: Cloud Deadbeats are not Welcome!

by Daryl Plummer  |  April 1, 2009

G-Men #s 6 and 7. Click images to see larger view.

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The Open Cloud Manifesto: This has all happened before…

by Daryl Plummer  |  March 30, 2009

Today the Open Cloud Manifesto is supposed to be published and it has a laudable set of goals, not least of which is the idea that the cloud should be an open and interoperable environment. I have limited information at this point. I applaud the effort to move in this direction but I have to […]

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Cloud Elasticity Could Make You Go Broke

by Daryl Plummer  |  March 11, 2009

Ever had a mobile phone and get a bill that was way, way more than you expected? You know what I mean. The day that bill for 700 dollars comes in and your eyes bug out of your head because you could swear (and in fact you do swear – at the customer service rep) […]

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Telecom Companies: The Cloud Clock is Ticking!

by Daryl Plummer  |  March 3, 2009

I state up front that I am not a primary telecommunications analyst – but I have friends who are (give me or Bob Hafner a call to discuss). But, in the last 6 months, I think I have either met with, or spoken with every major telecom provider in the world. They all have the […]

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