Apparently I wasn’t clear enough in my argument. So here is a restatement:
Are enterprises and vendors happy to pay the Gartner tax ad infinitum?
If you are a vendor are you happy that an industry analyst firm can hold you to ransom, acting as a gatekeeper to enterprise purchasing?
If you are an enterprise are you really happy to take technical advice from a firm that refuses to makes it methodologies public or admit what percentage of its revenues are driven by vendors, rather than your enterprise peers? At least one chief operating officer is definitely not happy with the status quo. Jonathan
Given the increasing scrutiny
under which Gartner and IDC now find themselves, it’d probably help their credibility if they, like the financial analyst community, started disclosing revenues they receive from the vendors they cover. At their scale, vs. the smaller boutiques, I think it’s going to become an imperative.
And personally, it may end up being a determinant of whether we’re willing to do business with such firms. Transparency’s a good thing.
If the answer to any of my questions above is no then perhaps you should consider alternatives.
My key argument in the last blog was that ten years ago nobody would have believed that Linux would be used widely in the enterprise. Open source was something for sandal-wearing university students.
But the costs of supporting a proprietary industry were being borne by customers. Eventually they began to shrug those shackles off, as the students got job as IT architects. Today a swathe of open source technologies are being widely adopted by enterprises, in development and production.
RedMonk has great relationships with developers and architects now. What happens when they become architects and CIOs?
Is it really so hard to imagine a shared model for market research and analysis will ever take off?
What if you could cut your Gartner budget by 30%, and improve your corporate decision making in the process? What would you do with the money? What if you could base your best practices on peer experience, rather than someone else’s tablets of stone, brought down from the mountain?
Gartner is like a mainframe in 1979. Ripe for deconstruction.
We now have new collaboration, coordination and governance techniques that can underpin a change in how analysis is done. We should learn from the experiences of the Eclipse Foundation.
Wouldn’t it be nice to think that one day in the not too distant future enterprises had access to, and could contribute to, their own platform quadrants. No magic required, just aggregated decision-making.
Basically openness wins over time. It lowers costs for everbody, and accelerates innovation.
a) Information technology gives cultures and civilizations a ‘once in a lifetime’ chance to leapfrog / totally transform themselves and secondly.
However, it’s not enough merely to create a new ‘information innovation(a language, a printing press etc)’ – it’s necessary to remove barriers so that it can spread fast, create new nodes and enrich itself. Leading to the second point
b) ‘Closed’ civilizations and knowledge centres do not grow. In fact, they shrink and die
The Sumerians invented one of the first languages as we know it. As per the link above Sumerian, the oldest known written language in human history, was spoken in Mesopotamia (modern Iraq and peripheral regions) throughout the third millennium BC and survived as an esoteric written language until the death of the cuneiform tradition around the time of Christ.
It was the first but it was ‘elite’ i.e. for aristocracy, esoteric (like Greek and Latin today) and different to almost all the then contemporary languages (like Hebrew).
The result is – inspite of being the first – it’s an extinct language today.
I leave my astute readers to join the dots…
Gartner is sort of a competitor, but probably too big to be one per se.
Its not the competition, its the environment in which we compete… but they used to say that about the IBM mainframe ecosystem, didn’t they? Gartner won’t die but its margins will shrink.
the winner is not the one with the best (or earliest) breakthrough(like the Sumerians) – but rather the one with the greatest number of ‘links’ i.e. an open system
So please link to RedMonk… You know we’ll link to you.
Is that any clearer, folks? Any takers?