Gartner certainly fosters chatter in the “independent” analyst community. How could we not talk about the 900 lb Gorilla? Ever since the Altimeter Group got a gravitational slingshot from Forrester one of the topics under discussion is the Star Analyst firm, and whether a big firm can be one. Can larger firms celebrate their analysts as individuals, or must they have a Corporate Voice and Line?
Anyway I recently posted a response to a conversations the Enterprise Irregulars are having, and thought I might as well cross post here. The Irregulars are some of the smartest guys in the room, with a rough and tumble yet touchingly familial culture. Get Well Soon Vinnie.
Here is what I said:
I see plenty of *stars* at Gartner. and they are all allowed to use twitter and so on. My opinion of the firm has actually improved in recent years (please read further coverage from me here and here).
Far more engagement, far more transparency, and I have some really good friends there. Gartner has plenty of really high quality people and I would happily take advice from Nick Gall (@ironick) or Thomas Otter (@vendorprisey) or Kirk Knoernschild (@pragkirk) or any number of folks. I am loving the more collegiate atmosphere I see at this firm.