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“Forget Everything I Told You …”

February 7th, 2014 · Comments Off on “Forget Everything I Told You …”

Is it possible to purposefully forget something you’ve recently been told? I would argue no — it’s close to impossible to purposefully “unknow” something. It stands to reason that everything you learn, in one way or another, ultimately contributes to the opinions you form. Let’s take it one step further: What if you were expressly […]

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Important Updates to Gartner External Use Policy

December 11th, 2012 · Comments Off on Important Updates to Gartner External Use Policy

Gartner is known for our independence and objectivity, and our Copyright and Quote Policy is one way that we reinforce these qualities. With this in mind, we frequently look for ways to improve the policy; our latest look highlighted a few areas where we could increase consistency and further reinforce our independence and objectivity. This […]

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Treatment of Company and Product Names in Gartner Research

June 28th, 2012 · Comments Off on Treatment of Company and Product Names in Gartner Research

Guest post by Jackie Ryan, Managing VP of Global Editing, Research Strategy and Operations, Gartner Occasionally, vendors ask why Gartner has rendered their company or product names differently in our published research than the way they appear on their website. As we’ve all seen, company and product names, spellings and even punctuation can be quite […]

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A Peek into the Magic Quadrant/MarketScope Process

November 4th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Ever wonder how long it takes to create a Magic Quadrant or MarketScope, what analysts have to go through to establish a new one, or why Gartner doesn’t share specific company ratings? A recently posted FAQ, created by Gartner’s Research Methodologies team, responds to these questions. I can attest that all of these questions have […]

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Gartner Technology Choices: What’s the Big Secret?

November 1st, 2010 · Comments Off on Gartner Technology Choices: What’s the Big Secret?

It’s no secret that Gartner uses IT products and services, but we’ve long had a rule against the providers of those products and services promoting Gartner as a customer. Lately we’ve had a rash of requests from vendors to change that rule, or at least bend it. We’ve said no to all of these requests, […]

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Adding Social Media to the Gartner External Use Policy: Context Counts

October 6th, 2010 · Comments Off on Adding Social Media to the Gartner External Use Policy: Context Counts

Did you ever want to quote Gartner research on your personal blog? How about on your corporate one? If you have, check out the update to the Gartner Copyright and Quote Policy on gartner.com. You might say, “It’s about time!” and you’d be right: we certainly have seen an increase in requests to quote research […]

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Analysts Attending Meals or Cocktail Receptions with Vendors

September 30th, 2010 · Comments Off on Analysts Attending Meals or Cocktail Receptions with Vendors

With Symposium season officially underway, we’ve seen an increase in the number of vendors reaching out to analysts with invitations to dinner and cocktail receptions. As you may know, Gartner has some “rules of engagement” for these types of interactions (not limited to Gartner events). I briefly touched on this topic in a previous blog […]

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Judge Grants Gartner’s Motion to Dismiss Law Suit

November 5th, 2009 · Comments Off on Judge Grants Gartner’s Motion to Dismiss Law Suit

I have received some questions recently about a law suit filed against Gartner regarding our Magic Quadrant. I want to provide those following the situation with an update. Yesterday, the judge granted Gartner’s motion to dismiss the case for failing to state a legal claim. While the plaintiff has a limited right to amend and […]

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It’s Still True: Gartner Opinion is Not for Sale

October 8th, 2009 · 6 Comments

It almost sounds like a joke, except we’ve heard it more than once. Here it is: a number of vendors have told their prospects that Gartner charges vendors to be covered in its research. I’ve even heard specific amounts of up to $100,000 being claimed. Quite simply, if this were true Gartner would not be […]

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Updated Research Issue Escalation Process for Vendors

September 18th, 2009 · Comments Off on Updated Research Issue Escalation Process for Vendors

Prepare and have a sense of urgency. Do these and you’ll be on your way to mounting a successful escalation about Gartner Research. But there’s more — lots more. Check out the updated Research Issue Escalation Process for Vendors (http://tinyurl.com/mz6vs6). Also included in the process document is an FAQ that answers questions you may have about whether […]

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