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Let Me Explain: Gartner’s Not Letterman’s Top 10

by Phillip Redman  |  October 21, 2009  |  Comments Off on Let Me Explain: Gartner’s Not Letterman’s Top 10

This week is our annual Fall Symposium in Orlando and if that’s not breaking news enough (OK–any large meeting this year is news) then we also like to make some tech announcements. One of the bigger ones this year is that IT spending in 2010 is likely to grow 3.3% versus a 5.2% decline we estimate for 2009. That is good news. We also listed our top 10 strategic technologies for 2010.  And like any top 10 list it has gotten a lot of attention and some criticism for what it left out.  That is the danger of doing a top 10 in any field. (OK–give me your top 10 favorite songs or restaurants?)  But one criticism in general impacts me more than others–that we left off mobility.  I guess being a mobile-focused Network analyst this is important–isn’t my research important anymore?  Should I be looking for a job somewhere else?

Seriously (I hope) you have to understand the depth and breadth of our coverage to understand how we work and also our theory on mobility.  Smaller research firms may only cover mobility or have a mobility-focused practice so they may not have the depth or understanding of how mobility impacts so many technology areas.  Or how deep Gartner’s mobility research is in almost everything we do, not separate but integrated into much of our research and thinking.  Oh yeah, we’ve been through separating mobile and wireless out as a research practice at Gartner but it just doesn’t make sense anymore.  In fact, about five years ago, ahead of everyone else in this area, we integrated mobility into our applications, networks, security, infrastructure etc. groups so that like our clients, tech providers and adopters, it becomes embedded in all our thought processes.  Nothing should leave out mobility including security, app development, networking, Green IT, cloud computing etc.   In fact, we just converged our wireless and network service provider Magic Quadrants into one–as wireless revenues from the top providers like AT&T or Verizon approach or have already surpassed 50% of their total annual revenues.  Is anyone else as far ahead in our thinking as we are?

I know we may have jumped the gun in some of this as we continually strive to be ahead of the market–not behind–but our focus on wireless, mobile computing is as strong–and in fact stronger, than it ever was.  It doesn’t have to be listed in a top 10 (which we did last year–again ahead of the rest of the market) every year or in our annual Predicts (4 of the top 11 predicts for 2009 were mobile-oriented), though it likely will be.

So we are taking some chances, pushing the envelope.  We are moving ahead by thinking mobility in every way,  can you keep up?

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Phillip Redman
Research VP
10 years at Gartner
17 years IT industry

Phillip Redman is a research vice president in Gartner Research, where he leads mobile research in the network services and infrastructure group. Mr. Redman brings almost 15 years of experience in the wireless mobile and telecommunications industry… . Read Full Bio

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