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Jeffrey Mann
Research VP
20 years with Gartner and META Group
30 years IT industry

Jeffrey Mann is a Research VP at Gartner, covering cloud office, collaboration and social software.

Not an April Fool’s Post

by Jeffrey Mann  |  April 1, 2020

I just closed my final inquiry as a Gartner analyst. Some time ago, I decided that I have been doing this analyst thing for long enough, and it was time to move on, even if it meant moving on to nothing much in particular. So that is what I am doing. Officially it is early […]

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The SmartBit365WatsonBlockExperienceQuantumDesignThinkingDigitalEdgeChain Looks Pretty Good

by Jeffrey Mann  |  April 1, 2018

I ran across an announcement of a product that is surely to be released soon that I am sure will be a big hit. The SmartBit365WatsonBlockExperienceQuantumDesignThinkingDigitalEdgeChain doesn’t just press, but smashes all the right buttons. I am not really sure what it does, but with a name like that, what could it NOT do?  It […]

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New Year’s Reversolutions for 2018

by Jeffrey Mann  |  January 2, 2018

For nine years now, I have been posting a list of New Years anti-resolutions, as a light-hearted look at what I think other people should stop doing. Industry analysts are more accustomed to to telling others what to do than looking at ourselves. That is much easier, and generally makes for more interesting blog posts. This […]

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The Gartner Aspiring Innovators for 2017

by Jeffrey Mann  |  September 20, 2017

For the third time, we ran a programme at this year’s Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Cape Town that highlights local high tech startups from Africa. We asked on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook for companies doing interesting things, and selected six out of the 30 proposals submitted to highlight at the event. We were not necessarily looking […]

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This time I don’t really mind being wrong

by Jeffrey Mann  |  May 24, 2017

Data sovereignty is a persistent topic in my cloud office inquiries. Many customers want to know where Microsoft Office 365 or Google G Suite will put their emails, files and other data — or want to understand why they shouldn’t care. Having a data center in their own country, or at least close to them […]

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Looking for 2017’s African Aspiring Innovators

by Jeffrey Mann  |  March 7, 2017

Now in its third year, the search has started for the Aspiring Innovators to be highlighted at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Africa 2017. It will put the spotlight on interesting African startup technology companies who have something unique to offer enterprise organisations. The goal of this programme is to both support the African startup technology scene, […]

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(They’re Back!) New Year’s Anti-Resolutions for 2017

by Jeffrey Mann  |  January 2, 2017

Last year, I opted not to do the yearly New Year’s anti-resolutions I have been doing since 2009. I thought that things were generally going pretty well, with no need to talk people out of doing stuff I don’t think they should be doing. Big mistake. Looking back on 2016, it seems that there is a need […]

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Africa’s Aspiring Innovators 2016

by Jeffrey Mann  |  September 27, 2016

In addition to being an analyst, one of the most fun things I get to do is chair the Symposium event in Cape Town. With about 1000 delegates, it is one of the smaller Symposium sites, certainly compared with the hordes who go to Orlando. The scale of the Cape Town event means that I get […]

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Gartner Cancels Hype Cycle in Response to “Peak Hype” Crisis

by Jeffrey Mann  |  April 1, 2016

Stamford, Connecticut 1 April, 2016 Following on reports of the global environment reaching “peak hype,”Gartner Inc announced today that it will cancel this year’s publication of its popular Hype Cycle series. “World wide stocks of hype are at dangerously low levels,” said a company spokesperson. “It would be irresponsible to contribute further to this decline by […]

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Anti-Anti-Resolutions for 2016

by Jeffrey Mann  |  January 4, 2016

I have been writing anti-resolutions around this time for several years. They are “anti” in the sense that they describe things I would like other people to stop doing rather than what I intend to do. But not this year. This is an anti-anti-resolution post. Because I came up blank. Nothing new to moan and […]

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