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IT Analyst firms - fact or fiction?

Discussion in 'Windows Server 2003 / 2008 / 2012 Exams' started by demarrer, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. demarrer

    demarrer Byte Poster


    I was just reading on computerweekly about trends for 2008 and was wanting to gauge peoples opinions on IT analyst firms that analyse current/future trends in IT.

    Does anyone actually use these opinions and analysis of future trends in IT, or is it a bit like reading your horoscope? Or is the information they present good/accurate. If so, does anyone use the information to inform IT business strategies/practise?

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  2. Qs

    Qs Semi-Honorary Member Gold Member

    I tend to stay blissfully ignorant - it's much easier that way :p

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  3. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

    Many managers seem to use them to justify their rather poor decision making process in my experience.

    They tend to be written by people who are not technologists or if they are, tend to be so far from the coal face as to be completely out of touch.

    Unfortunately IT seems to have become a catch-all area for people who like to pretend they know stuff but have really just read the blaggers technology buzzword almanac.
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  4. zebulebu

    zebulebu Terabyte Poster

    Do you mean firms like Gartner?

    A lot of that s*** is pathetic - companies falling over each other to get in the 'magic quadrant' or whatever bull**** methodology they come up with to determine how good a product is. I think most of the time their 'formula' for products/trends looks something like this:

    Value of product = (number of freebies x beauty of company's PR staff)
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