“Do this, don’t do that” – the new policies make Gartner sound like a nagging mom. “You can’t use the content like that. Stay out of the park.”
So now customers can’t point to the magic quadrant without also including a full research note (and paying for it?)
Gartner must be stressed out if it thinks a discussion about analyst ethics is about what its clients can and can’t do with the content it produces. Gartner acts more like a 20th century software company every day. Old line proprietary. Will it start hitting up customers about “license non compliance”?
You guys need to get easier to work with, not harder.
The transparency revolution isn’t going to go away. Nor is what’s happening on blogs. If you want to be included in the conversations you have to lower the barriers to entry, not raise them. Aren’t you watching your vendor clients? In general they seem to think this blog thing is pretty cool, and perhaps they don’t need so many intermediaries to interact with enterprise customers….
In my opinion you should post the quadrants online for bloggers to link to – that will get you some attention soon enough, and then you can drive some consulting revenues to users and vendors that want to know more. Its not rocket science. Enable information flows.
I would like to commend Gartner heartily on its use of Ombudsman. It’s one of my all time favourite words. I don’t think they achieve much in practice, but i do love the word. Command and control huh? It really is the right word to use.
Word History: The word ombudsman has one familiar element, man, but it is difficult to think of what ombuds could mean. Ombudsman is from Swedish, a Germanic language in the same family as English, and man in Swedish corresponds to our word man. Ombud means commissioner, agent, coming from Old Norse umbodh, charge, commission, administration by a delegacy, umbodh being made up of um, regarding, and bodh, command. In Old Norse an umbodhsmadhr was a trusty manager, commissary. In Swedish an ombudsman was a deputy who looked after the interests and legal affairs of a group such as a trade union or business. In 1809 the office of riksdagens justitieombudsman was created to act as an agent of justice, that is, to see after the interests of justice in affairs between the government and its citizens. This office of ombudsman and the word ombudsman have been adopted elsewhere, as in individual states in the United States. The term has also been expanded in sense to include people who perform the same function for business corporations or newspapers.
Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
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