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Mark Driver
Research VP
12 years at Gartner
27 years IT industry

Mark Driver is a vice president and research director in Gartner Research, where he specializes in application development technologies and open-source software. Within Gartner, Mr. Driver serves as a principal analyst for Java technology, as well as the Microsoft .NET framework. He is also the principal analyst covering the business and technical issues of the open-source software model. He covers many aspects of open-source software, including adoption challenges, best practices, market impact and development models.Read Full Bio

Introducing the Gartner Programming Language Index for 2014

by Mark Driver  |  October 2, 2014

We just published the 2014 edition of our Market Clock Report For Programming Languages.  Gartner clients can get the full report from our website but I wanted to share a new element of the report with everyone here as well. As is the case for much of Gartner’s research, the primary data source used to […]

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New Research: A CIO’s Perspective On Open Source

by Mark Driver  |  January 31, 2011

I’ve just published a new research note on a “CIO’s Perspective On Open Source”.  Gartner clients can get the full report here. I’ve included the highlights below but as usual the real ‘meat’ of the analysis is in the full report…. A CIO’s Perceptive On Open Source An open-source governance program is the key to […]

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New Research On Business Unit Application Develoment

by Mark Driver  |  January 28, 2011

I’ve just published a new research report on ‘Business Unit Application Development’ (BUAD) best practices.  Clients can access the full report here but below is short summary of the content as well. Of course, the ‘meat’ of the analysis is in the research note (about 15 pages). Characteristics and Best Practices of Business Unit Application […]

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Eclipse Announces the Orion Platform

by Mark Driver  |  January 19, 2011

On January 11thMike Milinkovich at Eclipse announced the Orion platform.  Here are some of my early thoughts. According to the folks at Eclipse, Orion IS intended to be “the very beginning of an open tool integration platform using the idioms and metaphors of the web”.  There is surprising amount of meat in that short statement. […]

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Oracle Sues Google Over Java Patents

by Mark Driver  |  August 13, 2010

On Thursday Oracle sued Google over seven counts of software patent infringement and one count of copyright infringement.  But wait! Isn’t java open source now?  And software patents are kryptonite to open source.  So what’s going on here? Here’s my take so far….  Then Sun and now Oracle makes a lot of money licensing Java […]

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Open Source Predictions For 2010

by Mark Driver  |  December 8, 2009

We’ve just published our 2010 predictions research note for open source.  Clients can find it here and can view last year’s here as well. This research note is a list of some heavy hitting trends that will have a significant impact over the next 12 to 36 months.  It is certainly not the total extent […]

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PHP: Past, Present and Future

by Mark Driver  |  December 3, 2009

I just published a research note on PHP.  Clients can find it here. The research note goes into *much* more detail but the overview is below. Keep in mind that this content is targetted at mainstream IT organizations. —————————————————- PHP has been a cornerstone technology on the Web for more than a decade. While its […]

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I Continue To Be Impressed With ColdFusion

by Mark Driver  |  October 6, 2009

ColdFusion has been around practically as long as the web itself .  Today it retains a loyal but relatively small developer base (Adobe counts it at around 750K developers compared to my own estimates of about 48 trillion for .NET).  Overall CF has lost market share percentage to competing technologies for years (ASP, Java, PHP, etc.)  […]

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Flash On The iPhone: Well Almost

by Mark Driver  |  October 6, 2009

My colleague Ray Valdes has posted a nice blog entry regarding the announcement on Monday at Adobe’s Max Conference that Flash applications will be deployable to Apple’s iphone.  Here’s my take… A major theme of this year’s conference was the upcoming 10.1 release of the Flash player targeted specifically at a wide range of smart […]

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New OSS Research – The Role Of OSS In A Down Economy

by Mark Driver  |  June 16, 2009

I just published a research note that outlines some key trends and strategies to maximize OSS investments in the ‘down’ economy.  You can find it here. Let me know what you think. How is your IT org leveraging OSS in today’s IT environment?

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