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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

Microsoft BUILDing suspense, but letting confusion fester

by David M. Smith  |  August 17, 2011

The suspense around Microsoft’s future is building. Many of the answers will be forthcoming during the company’s upcoming Build conference. Nominally a renaming of its PDC and WinHEC developer conferences, this year’s event comes at a critical time for the company. It is facing unprecedented competition from Apple and Google – much of which threatens […]

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Nokia dilemma about geography and culture

by David M. Smith  |  February 10, 2011

Everybody’s weighing in on the big Nokia news expected tomorrow.  This isn’t about the actual choice widely expected to be be that Nokia and Microsoft reach a deal around Windows Phone 7. I actually predicted this when Stephen Elop joined Nokia. So that’s not surprising to me at least. Although the speed at which the […]

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Windows Phone is “Too Big to Fail”

by David M. Smith  |  November 11, 2010

When Steve Ballmer was interviewed at Gartner Symposium in Orlando last month, he said that his riskiest product bet is the next version of Windows.  I agree with him. What’s not obvious is what is on the critical path to that product.  I believe it is Windows Phone 7. Here’s why: It’s simple. it’s the […]

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Microsoft PDC10 shows big changes

by David M. Smith  |  October 29, 2010

As a platform company at its heart, PDC is a great way to understand what Microsoft’s real strategies are.  In addition to its focus on three trends that are popular overall (HTML5, mobile, and cloud), the specifics show some significant changes and enhancements to the the company’s strategy. First, HTML5.   Microsoft led off with this […]

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Twitter as the CB Radio of today

by David M. Smith  |  September 24, 2010

  I’m not saying that Twitter is a fad (as some said of the Internet way back when).  Just trying to make some connections. Two recent events (OK, not so recent as they were a few months ago but hey, I’ve been busy and finally decided to do some more blogging…) made me think about […]

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Oracle spins its cloud strategy 360 degrees

by David M. Smith  |  September 20, 2010

Oracle Open World opened yesterday with a keynote that included CEO Larry Ellison talking about its cloud strategy.  It wasn’t very long ago that Larry was quoted saying some not so nice things about the term cloud. So what’s happened? Has he changed his mind?  Details are sparse and will likely be expanded upon later […]

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Google and net neutrality: Head Fake or “If you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em”?

by David M. Smith  |  September 15, 2010

There has been much talk of Google by way of its partnership with Verizon vis a vis Net Neutrality.  Many opinions describe it as Google going against its long standing “don’t be evil’” mantra. No comment here on that topic. However, Google has indeed backed the concept of net neutrality for a long time.  It […]

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Elop to Nokia. Will Nokia embrace Windows Phone 7?

by David M. Smith  |  September 10, 2010

News broke overnight about Microsoft Office executive Stephen Elop moving to Nokia as CEO. This by itself is shocking news, but what other shocking aftershocks might follow? I’m no Nokia expert. All I know is that my first mobile phone was from Nokia back in the 90s but that nothing they’ve made recently has been […]

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Is PaaS Passe yet?

by David M. Smith  |  September 2, 2010

  Disclaimer: I’m ranting about the term PaaS, not the concept. We just published the 2010 Hype Cycle for Cloud Computing and is it a surprise that the most hyped term (other than cloud computing itself), is PaaS? This is in part due to legitimate excitement about some of the offerings and possibilities.  However there […]

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Google me? You’re kidding me…

by David M. Smith  |  June 30, 2010

  I am one again amazed at the buzz (sic) generated by the prospect of Google once again entering the social networking space.  Originally the rumor was attributed to Kevin Rose of Digg (the link appears to be dead now, but it was picked up other places like here. But, isn’t Google a ‘web 2.0’ […]

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