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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

Open Source Software Research Library At Gartner

by Mark Driver  |  February 6, 2009

Last updated on 5/13/09 Disclaimer: This is pretty much for Gartner clients since non-clients cant actually get to the content. However it should give you a good idea of the open source related material we cover at Gartner nonetheless.  I’ll update this blog entry from time to time so this one is a good bookmark […]

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New Research Note On Saving $$$ With Open Source

by Mark Driver  |  February 4, 2009

I just published a short “finding” research note on leveraging open source to save money. Clients can find it here. It’s a very short piece meant to serve as a quick place holder while I work on a much more in-depth note.  I hope to have that one ready by end of February. Here is a quick excerpt with […]

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Open Source Lawsuit Makes It To Court

by Mark Driver  |  January 27, 2009

http://www.softwarefreedom.org/news/2008/dec/11/cisco-lawsuit/ The Software Freedom Law Center is the main watch dog for the GPL family of licenses. Its rare that we see oss license litigation make it to court.  In most cases these issus are settled quietly behind closed doors.  But ironically the problem is that we dont have much modern case law on the […]

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A good OSS in 2008 article at ars technica

by Mark Driver  |  January 4, 2009

A good list of some major oss events last year… http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20090102-alook-back-at-the-open-source-victories-of-2008.html

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New Research: Dynamic Programming Languages Will Be Critical to the Success of Many Next-Generation AD Efforts

by Mark Driver  |  December 10, 2008

I just published a new research note on dynamic (scripting) languages.  Gartner clients can find the full note here but the following is a quick highlight of the content…. Dynamic programming languages, such as PHP, Python and Ruby, are making their way into mainstream IT efforts. Although these tools provide new opportunities for IT organizations […]

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New Research: Predicts 2009: The Evolving Open-Source Software Model

by Mark Driver  |  December 8, 2008

We’ve just published a research note that has some key predictions for open source over the next several years.  It’s only available to Gartner clients but here are some highlights… Key Findings By 2012, at least 50% of direct commercial revenue attributed to open-source products or services will come from projects under a single vendor’s patronage. […]

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Heading To Gartner’s Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit?

by Mark Driver  |  December 5, 2008

I’ll be in sunny Las Vegas from Dec 8th to the 10th at Gartner’s AADI conference. The high here at home was 20 today so I am LOOKING forward to the Nevada desert right about now. I’ll be doing two presentations on AD and one on OSS plus an OSS user roundtable (link above). If […]

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Novell and Microsoft Reach Two Year Anniversary

by Mark Driver  |  November 21, 2008

Its been two years since Novell and Microsoft cuddled up with one another. The agreement covers a range of technical initiatives such as increased interop between Windows and SUSE Linux for virtualization, server manageability, and even document compatibility.  On this anniversary they’ve announced additional server management technologies and an official beta release of Mono’s Moonlight […]

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Good Books On Open Source Legal Issues

by Mark Driver  |  November 19, 2008

I cover the broader subject of the open source software model at Gartner.  Toward this end, I get inquiries related to things like general adoption challenges, business models, and risk factors. One area of concern that comes up regularly in client conversations is the relationship of open source and intellectual property and licensing.  This becomes […]

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Merb 1.0 For Ruby Emerges. Real Competition For Rails?

by Mark Driver  |  October 10, 2008

The Merb framework for Ruby has reached the big 1.0 with an impressive list of features. If you’ve never heard of it, consider Merb a second generation Ruby framework that takes many of the (sometime painful) lessons learned in Rails and applies them to a blank canvas. I’ve predicted in Gartner research that the Ruby […]

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