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Nicholas Gall
VP Distinguished Analyst
14 years at Gartner
35 years IT industry

Nick Gall is a vice president in Gartner Research. As a founding member of Gartner’s Enterprise Planning and Architecture Strategies, Mr. Gall advises clients on enterprise strategies for interoperability, innovation and execution. Mr. Gall is a leading authority on middleware… Read Full Bio

Collapsonomics of IT

by Nick Gall  |  September 12, 2011

[This is a response to an excellent post by JP Rangaswami entitled Wond’ring Aloud. I’m posting it here because the comment system on JP’s blog so mangled my HTML reply that it is almost unreadable. Please read JP’s post before attempting to read my comments below. Enjoy both of them! -NG] JP, Gartner is embracing […]

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Motivating people is more important than modeling them

by Nick Gall  |  January 31, 2011

There’s a lot of great material to digest in Tom Graves recent post, Modelling people in enterprise-architecture, but I feel it gets off on the wrong foot in two regards. First, the title, "modelling people" [sic], suggests that the crux of the problem is that our models of people need to be greatly improved. But […]

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Panarchitecture: Architecting a Network of Resilient Renewal

by Nick Gall  |  January 24, 2011

Just before the holidays, we published our second major note set on hybrid thinking, which I’ll post about in more detail soon. But what I’m really excited about, and wanted to post about first, was our inaugural note on panarchitecture, a very different kind of architecture. Panarchitecture is a kind of hybrid thinking that combines […]

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Why Public Cloud Will Be Vastly Better Than Private Cloud

by Nick Gall  |  December 1, 2010

Image via Wikipedia It’s not just about size. Public cloud is someone’s front office, but private cloud is someone’s back office. I’ve seen only a relative few good back offices, even fewer great back offices. I’ve never seen a back office that was world class, Type A, game changer, best of breed, etc. Your back […]

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Presenting Hybrid Thinking at Symposium

by Nick Gall  |  October 20, 2010

I’ll be presenting on hybrid thinking this afternoon at Gartner Symposium. There’s lots of links to different resources associated with the presentation that I want to share with those attending the talk (or viewing the replay). Hence this post. First, please tweet during the session. The hashtag for Symposium is #GartnerSym. The hashtag for hybrid […]

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Activism Worthy of the Name

by Nick Gall  |  October 4, 2010

What I find most disappointing, irritating, and dismissive about Malcolm Gladwell’s recent New Yorker article Small Change: Why the revolution will not be tweeted is that it sets the activism bar so high. He’s dismissive of any form of activism except “high-risk activism”: “Activism that challenges the status quo—that attacks deeply rooted problems—is not for […]

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The Battle Between the Two Gods of Hypermedia: The Reader and The Writer

by Nick Gall  |  September 17, 2010

[This is a continuation of a discussion of the “shape of the web” that started in Twitter and then moved to Richard Veryard’s blog: What shape is the Internet.] Glad we agree on the 1st point. On the 2nd point, I’m not sure Tim’s vision of hypermedia was all that "innocent". I think both Tim […]

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Tim Berners-Lee Doesn’t Seem to Think “Linked Data” Requires RDF

by Nick Gall  |  July 21, 2010

I just plunged back into the linked data scene after having been more focused on other topics, like design thinking/hybrid thinking. I was surprised to find that the controversy about whether linked data requires RDF is still raging: When is Linked Data not Linked Data? – A summary of the debate. I assumed this would […]

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Design Thinking Comes to the US Army

by Nick Gall  |  May 4, 2010

Great review by Roger Martin of the US Army Field Manual 5-0: The Operations Process and its embrace of design thinking. His review was published yesterday on the Design Observer website. Martin gives a GREAT backgrounder on how the field manual came to be revised to emphasize design thinking (lots of great links to earlier […]

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Twitter and I Both Own My Content

by Nick Gall  |  September 14, 2009

I just took a look at twitter’s revised terms of service. I posted the my feedback using the feedback link, but I’d thought I’d also post it in my blog for all to see (and respond to): We both own my content Given your legal language below, twitter effectively jointly "owns" my content. In other […]

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