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David Mitchell Smith
VP & Gartner Fellow
16 years at Gartner
30 years IT industry

David Mitchell Smith is a vice president and Gartner Fellow in Gartner Research, where he specializes in the impact of catalytic technologies such as the Internet, Web 2.0, cloud computing and consumer technologies. Read Full Bio

Cloud in the Age of COVID-19

by David M. Smith  |  April 3, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is having huge impacts on society and IT. One of the most significant impacts has been in driving remote work. While this has impacts on workplace, HR, real estate and other aspects, within IT, it has the immediate impact of requiring enablement of work at home scenarios en masse. Enter cloud to […]

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Microsoft’s Spartan browser – not just for consumers

by David M. Smith  |  March 23, 2015

Spartan is Microsoft’s next generation modern browser. It can be thought of as an evolution of the universal app metro IE browser that shipped with windows 8, alongside the desktop IE. It is/was stripped down, simpler, did not support plugins etc. It includes many user friendly capabilities such as inking, annotations and integrated Cortana personal […]

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Docker is the New Java

by David M. Smith  |  October 21, 2014

Microsoft and Docker’s recent partnership reminded me of how the world has changed. I’m thinking about the introduction of Java back in the 1990s. Back then I was extremely skeptical of Microsoft’s motivations for their “support” of Java. This time I am not skeptical of their motivations with Docker. The more I think about it […]

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Indistinguishibility is the distinguishing characteristic as Google starts the big switch to mobile web – Reading the tea leaves at Google I/O

by David M. Smith  |  June 27, 2014

The headlines from Google I/O were mostly about Android everywhere and wearables (sorry just can’t get excited about watches unless they can replace my phone) but to me the real story is the resurrection of the mobile web. In case you hadn’t noticed, many have declared it dead and frankly even diehards like myself have […]

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Flashback to Steve Ballmer Mastermind Interview from Gartner Symposium 2000

by David M. Smith  |  October 4, 2013

Ever wonder what could have led to this picture?   Steve Ballmer will be our Symposium 2013 Mastermind Interview again this year, likely for the last time, at least as CEO of Microsoft. Having done a few of these over the years, its’ a good time to remember some of the highlights. There were so […]

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Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

by David M. Smith  |  September 4, 2013

Getting to mobile today is an imperative for enterprises. But there are many obstacles to success. The range from development to deployment and span issues ranging from tools to management and security and increasingly take their cures from consumerization and BYOD. BYOD is an opportunity to ignite behaviors with your workforce, partners, and customers with […]

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Artist’s rendition of Windows Blue–Blue Sky or the Blues?

by David M. Smith  |  May 7, 2013

The Windows 8 saga continues.  Nary a day passes when there isn’t some new rumor or opinion, Microsoft is giving hints as to what its near term successor, code named Blue, will be, but has not provided any concrete details.  I offer an artist’s rendition of the new desktop screen: Of course, this is not […]

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Are enterprise SaaS vendors becoming more like their customers?

by David M. Smith  |  May 17, 2012

I’ve long thought of the effects of SaaS adoption as consumerization on steroids. It is an en masse instance of consumerization as business users increasingly go to the cloud to get what they need bypassing IT. And what about SaaS vendors? Are they starting to exhibit similar behavior as their customers? Many started as traditional […]

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Reverse cloudwashing and the enterprization of Cloud Computing – lowering expectations.

by David M. Smith  |  May 4, 2012

Everyone has heard of consumerization of IT. It’s all about how consumer focused technologies and approaches affect enterprises and IT. We’re now starting to see some of the opposite. Now we are starting to see the enterprization of the cloud. It results in lower expectations but higher prices. This is a corollary to my description […]

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Corporate crapware – will consumerization help drive it or eliminate it.

by David M. Smith  |  January 19, 2012

Barely a day goes by without more news about Macs gaining in the enterpris and I still see the occasional rant about crapware (e.g., the loads of preinstalled software that comes loaded on consumer PCs by hardware manufacturers). On the surface, these seem unrelated concepts. But I think there is an interesting connection. Crapware in […]

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