[indy at THE-TECH.MIT.EDU: Re: [Linux-aus] Catch me while I faint, Gartner almost said something positive about Linux]

Con Zymaris conz at cyber.com.au
Tue Aug 5 17:41:01 UTC 2003

On Mon, Aug 04, 2003 at 11:32:01PM -0400, indy at THE-TECH.MIT.EDU wrote:
> Hit the wrong reply button...
> here it is for list consumption...
> On Tue, Aug 05, 2003 at 10:55:43AM +1000, Con Zymaris wrote:
> > 
> > I wouldn't be too harsh on Gartner. I suspect the reality is that they
> > have a disparate and diverse range of researchers and skills. My
> > discussions with a number of them seem to indicate this: some are quite
> > clued-in, whereas others are shockingly bereft of market intelligence,
> > which is amazing when you consider that that's their job. I find it ironic
> > that we, as amateurs, often need to correct invalid assumptions that they
> > base their analyses on.
> No offence Con (maybe you have friends at Gartner) but this is exactly
> the reason to be harsh on Gartner and companies like them.

I agree with your assessment. However, I've found the best way to work
with all such people is to walk along with them on the slow, gradual road
to enlightenment. This starts by not painting all the Gartner researchers
with the same brush. 

> To end this rant I'd emphasize a different point:
> When critising any established organization (like Gartner or Microsoft)
> it's necessary to do so in a calm and reasoned manner. The facts will help
> us make a good case, whilst statements like "Frankly it's like a cancer on 
> decision making across the world." probably will just turn people off.  ;)


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