Like a modern David, James has decided to take on the Borg Goliath:
In this post (and before), he argues the cuneiform writing is on the wall for Gartner Borg:
- Why would vendors continue to pay a ransom to a gatekeeper to enterprise purchasing?
- They're under pressure to disclose their "methodologies" and clients
- He quotes Jonathan Schwartz, COO (SUNW), as not being happy with Gartner (IT)
Joe has already posted an analysis on Gartner Watch:
ARmadgeddon's take: commoditisation of research is an inescapable trend and presents a serious threat to traditional content-based IT Analyst Research firms such as Gartner. However, open source research faces challenges before it can be seen as a credible alternative:
- Reputation/credibility lies with individual analysts or firms (and not with the "ecosystem")
**An AR professional emailed us that the main issue with "one-man-boutiques" for them was the lack of branding/the confusion in the marketplace.
- The output of independent analysts varies considerably as it is not like a single source code (although the emergence of aggregators such as IT-Analysis.com is a major step forward). **As Richard Stiennon puts it in the comments, "open source research would imply a wikipedia like collaboration on market research, [...] the results however would be FREE to use by anyone." (see comments for more)**
- Consulting to users remains the exception for independent analysts and it is not proven can the open source model can be financially viable for them. **Vendors value this user insight more than everything else, this is however currently the priviledge of Gartner, Forrester, Ovum, etc....**