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Thomas E. Murphy
Research Director
15 years at Gartner
33 years IT industry

Thomas Murphy is a research director with Gartner, where he is part of the Application Strategies and Governance group. Mr. Murphy has more than 33 years of experience in IT as a developer, product manager, technical editor and industry analyst. Read Full Bio

Peer Insights: Driving Community Input

by Thomas Murphy  |  August 21, 2018

We are in the midst of building the next iteration of the Magic Quadrant for Software Test Automation and its companion Critical Capabilities note.  In addition, we are starting the preparation process to update the MQ and CC for Enterprise Agile Planning.  Both of these markets have associated Peer Insight review support.  Peer Insights is […]

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RPA and Test Automation

by Thomas Murphy  |  August 17, 2018

We are seeing an uptick in questions around RPA and Test Automation.  This is driven from a number of directions: vendors that are moving into both spaces service providers with expertise in test automation that can apply those skills to build RPA scenarios with a testing tool organizations seeking ways to either reduce RPA costs […]

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Current Research and Symposium Orlando

by Thomas Murphy  |  September 24, 2017

I will be at Gartner Symposium in Orlando the first week of October.  If you are attending and want to chat about Software Testing, DevOps and the DevOps toolchain, Code Pipelines, Scaling Agile, and other similar things, be sure to get on my 1:1 schedule.  I look forward to the interactions as I work on my […]

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Atlassian Summit

by Thomas Murphy  |  September 14, 2017

Atlassian has had a solid climb from humble beginnings to near ubiquity in software development teams.  Built on a foundation of easy to use and a focus on how Teams work together was a right place, right time message.  It has placed them in the leader’s quadrant in our Enterprise Agile MQ (clients see: and […]

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Shifting MQ from ADLM to Enterprise Agile

by Thomas Murphy  |  July 21, 2016

We have decided this year to retire our ADLM MQ and focus on a new MQ for Agile planning and execution tools.  We have done this for the following reasons Shifts in market due to DevOps A continued need of our clients to evaluate the components of ADLM and DevOps toolchain rather than an integrated […]

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Paths to Automation

by Thomas Murphy  |  June 30, 2016

Digital business creates a strong drive for companies that haven’t traditionally thought of themselves as software companies to become more like software companies. One strong need continues to be how to drive greater amounts of test automation.  We see two primary paths that have emerged and as we work on updating our Magic Quadrant for […]

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Updating Requirements Market Guide

by Thomas Murphy  |  March 23, 2016

I have started the update to the Market Guide for Requirements Definition and Management.  The goal is to publish by the end of April as I will hopefully start a new MQ (watch this space) soon.  The Market has stayed relatively consistent since the last market guide was published though there are some recent and […]

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Testing Research Update

by Thomas Murphy  |  December 10, 2015

The summer and fall are over and while some pieces have taken longer than desire we have now delivered several new pieces of testing market research. The latest piece is our new Magic Quadrant for Software Test Automation. So where do we go from here?  Well a few places: 1) critical capabilities for software test […]

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The Evolution of ADLM

by Thomas Murphy  |  October 19, 2015

Software development has been changing dramatically over the last 5 years driven by a number of shifts including SMAC (social, mobile, analytic, cloud) technologies, the growth in first Agile practices and now DevOps and Continuous Delivery. Still terminology and tools are stuck in an era of applications. Gartner believes we are moving to a “post […]

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Digging through the data — Testing Tools and Practices

by Thomas Murphy  |  July 15, 2015

We are currently digging through good quantities in data as we build out our testing market documents.  Earlier we had a mind numbing set of vendor briefings and we still have a good amount of data collection and writing to go.  The market is certainly in a state of transition and we find that there […]

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