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by Jeffrey Mann  |  April 1, 2020  |  Submit a Comment

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 retirement. For me, it is the next step.

It was more emotional for me than I expected it to be, seeing that empty call queue which usually scrolls way past the current page. Those calls with clients have shaped my days for the past 25 years and it was jarring to see them drop away. Appropriately, the final call was on “SharePoint strategy,” a topic I could have talked about on my first day as an industry analyst. I could quite easily have talked about it for the next 25 years I expect.

This is, of course, the worst possible time to make a move like this, with so much shut down and so many uncertainties. Or it might be the best possible time to do so. Everyone will be re-evaluating how they work, what they do, and what their role should be. Me too. With so much up in the air, it could be easier for me to find a new place. We will see.

I really appreciate the opportunities and experiences that I have had at Gartner and before that at META Group. I got paid to think, hang out with smart people, figure things out and help people. What could be better than that? I got to travel the world, organize conferences, help clients out of jams, and nudge some products in a better direction by working with the vendors. That was all very satisfying.

I am not entirely sure what comes next, which is both exciting and a little scary. I plan to stay active professionally, but I am not sure what that will look like at the moment. I am out of the daily grind of being an analyst, but would love to do gig work coaching, presenting, evaluating, recommending. I have never planned my career much, and good things have come to me. I am confident that will happen again.

As of tomorrow, my calendar is clear, but my mind is full of ideas. I can’t wait to get started.

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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.

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