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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 Infrastructure Commoditization is Inevitable: Make Money While You Can

by Daryl Plummer  |  February 23, 2009

Lydia Leong has elevated the discussion on the commoditization of cloud infrastructure in her response to my original post titled “Cloud Infrastructure: The Next Fat Dumb and Happy Pipe?” Her post, titled “Does cloud infrastructure become commoditized?“, rightly points out that added value has a life of its own that will tend to allow infrastructure […]

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G-Men #5 : If it’s shiny, it must be new!

by Daryl Plummer  |  February 22, 2009

G-men #5: click the image for a larger view.

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On Death and Dying in the Cloud

by Daryl Plummer  |  February 22, 2009

Elizabeth¬†Kubler-Ross did a treatment about the stages of grief a person goes through on being told that their life would soon end. I would like to take liberties with that treatment and apply it to cloud computing for a moment. Why, you might ask? The cloud is just coming into most people’s minds, not dying […]

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G-Men #4 – Can You say Green IT?

by Daryl Plummer  |  February 12, 2009

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Cloud Infrastructure: The Next Fat Dumb and Happy Pipe?

by Daryl Plummer  |  February 10, 2009

So Cloud is about infrastructure, you say? I am always amazed at how fast new concepts or topics get pigeon-holed into the same old discussions we have had for decades. Now it’s Cloud Computing’s turn. Since dealing with new things can be disruptive, IT organizations, and people in general, always seem to be looking for […]

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G-Men : Introducing a New Cartoon Strip – By me!

by Daryl Plummer  |  January 30, 2009

I finally got ’round to publishing my cartoon strip about computing. Click on the image to see a larger version. I hope you like it and I will try to post more at least three times per week. Formatting will also get better as I adjust image sizes. Enjoy, and comments are always welcome. Anyone […]

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Experts Define Cloud Computing: Can we get a Little Definition in our definitions?

by Daryl Plummer  |  January 27, 2009

A recent sys-con article on Cloud Computing purports to present Twenty-One experts defining Cloud Computing. After reading it I was impressed by the list of experts but fought long and hard to find any actual definitions in the piece. To me, one of the biggest problems we have in IT is the vagueness and lack […]

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Reflections of a Black Analyst in the Age of Obama

by Daryl Plummer  |  January 19, 2009

On the day that Martin’s birth is celebrated and the day before the swearing in of America’s first black president, I am facing the dichotomies of two complementary worlds. One world is the world of a black man working in an industry predominantly peopled by non-black professionals. The other is the world of any man […]

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Ruminating on Steve Jobs

by Daryl Plummer  |  January 15, 2009

I was driving my son to school this morning, dodging traffic cops, school buses, and the occasional jogging mother with a stroller for triplets when a news story came on the radio. It wasn’t a new topic nor even an unexpected one. But it got me to thinking. The story was about Steve Jobs taking […]

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Are We Entering an Era of “Voyeuristic Businesses”?

by Daryl Plummer  |  January 14, 2009

There is a change on the horizon and it is about voyeurism. No, no, no – get your mind out of the gutter, the kind of voyeurism I’m referring to here is “Voyeuristic Business”. That means businesses that are based almost entirely on observing and capitalizing on what other people – not part of the […]

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