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Douglas Toombs
Research Vice President
4 years at Gartner
19 years IT industry

Douglas Toombs is a Research Vice President in Gartner for Technical Professionals (GTP), providing deep insights into the hosting and cloud infrastructure-as-a-service markets...Read Full Bio

New focus and new research for 2016

by Douglas Toombs  |  July 20, 2016

Earlier this year I changed research roles within Gartner, which has changed the focus of my work a bit.  Since I hadn’t published any blog entries for a while, I thought it’d be worthwhile to update readers on that, and also highlight some of our most recent research … For those of you that are […]

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Gartner is hiring again!

by Douglas Toombs  |  February 4, 2016

Just over four years ago, my colleague Lydia Leong posted a blog entry which caught my eye, titled “Five reasons you should work at Gartner with me“.  I applied, went through what was probably the toughest (but most exciting!) job interview process I’ve ever been through in my life, and got the job. Dozens of […]

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Important Updates for Gartner’s Hosting Magic Quadrants in 2016

by Douglas Toombs  |  January 25, 2016

As IT products and services develop over time, Gartner often makes adjustments to Magic Quadrants in order to make sure that our analysis represents evolving buyer’s needs and expectations as closely as possible. Sometimes these adjustments are relatively small tweaks to inclusion criteria and/or scoring elements, and other times they are significant restructuring of our […]

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The 2014 Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting (in North America)

by Douglas Toombs  |  July 22, 2014

Last week, we published our Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting in North America (subscriber link here, a reprint link for non-seatholders may be available soon).  This Magic Quadrant represents a bit of a shift in focus from our previous “managed hosting” Magic Quadrants, so I thought it would be worthwhile to give a bit […]

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Quick tips for Magic Quadrant briefing presentations

by Douglas Toombs  |  February 11, 2014

Given that we are coming into the season for our Magic Quadrants for cloud IaaS and hosting, after having been through my first set of MQ briefings in 2013 I thought I would share some thoughts with providers that will be included in these MQs, and my particular thoughts on what makes for an effective […]

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Pre-qualification surveys for 2014 Magic Quadrants have been delivered

by Douglas Toombs  |  January 14, 2014

Last evening, pre-qualification surveys for our 2014 Magic Quadrants were delivered to market participants.  If you have not received an email from me and/or a link from our online surveying tool – and were expecting one – please get in touch with us as soon as possible. For more information on the Magic Quadrants, please see […]

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Information for the 2014 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Enabled Managed Hosting in North America

by Douglas Toombs  |  December 18, 2013

Gartner will begin a combined data collection process for four of our magic quadrants during the first full week of January, 2014.  We will combine our data collection efforts as best we can, in order to make the process a bit easier for service providers that may be eligible for multiple magic quadrants worldwide.  The […]

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Who is leading in cloud? Data and context matter…

by Douglas Toombs  |  November 4, 2013

  Earlier today, IBM launched a “bold” (their words) new marketing campaign about cloud computing, with an ad in today’s Wall Street Journal stating that IBM’s cloud “powers 270,000 more websites”  than Amazon.  Not too shortly after the ad was in the market, I received an inquiry asking if this figure is actually true. The […]

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Update – 2013 Managed Hosting Magic Quadrant

by Douglas Toombs  |  January 7, 2013

As of this morning, all pre-qualification surveys for the 2013 Managed Hosting Magic Quadrant have been sent out to organizations that have confirmed their point-of-contact with our coordinator – Michele Severance.  If you have previously confirmed a contact for your organization, but have not received your pre-qualification survey URL – please let Michele know as […]

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Information for the 2013 Managed Hosting Magic Quadrant

by Douglas Toombs  |  January 2, 2013

We have started confirming contacts and delivering pre-qualification surveys for this year’s Managed Hosting Magic Quadrant, with the North American edition due to be published in the spring of 2013. If you believe you may be eligible for consideration for this Magic Quadrant, please get in touch with me immediately either via my blog here, […]

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