Gartner buys Meta

I just read an article about Gartner buying Meta. There is also a press release available. I would love to see a magic quadrant showing analyst firms and the accuracy of their analyses. Anyone want to bet who has the best vision and ability to execute?? :)

Wow, Meta made $858 Million in revenue in 2003. That's a lot of analyst shopping. What I would really like to see in the press release is an analysis as to how this will impact Gartner's business. "There is a .7 probability that Gartner will execute a successful acquisition that will add $1 Billion in revenue by 2007." Or perhaps "There is a .9 probability that there will be N layoffs when the acquisition completes." Shouldn't they do this type of analysis for their shareholders? It is their business after all :)

All joking aside, hopefully the result will be an organization that can provide a better value to their customers and the industry as a whole. Perhaps this article will help. My favorite point is to "Get underneath the reports and case studies." Ask questions. Lots of questions. These folks aren't perfect. If they were, most of us would be running OS/2 on Itanium by now :)

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Every time you mention analists, I think about the Marketing division of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation (this is obviously a quote form Douglas Adams Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy defines the marketing division of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation as "a bunch of mindless jerks who'll be the first against the wall when the revolution comes,"
(...)
Curiously enough, an edition of the Encyclopaedia Galactica that had the good fortune to fall through a time warp from a thousand years in the future defined the marketing division of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation as "a bunch of mindless jerks who were the first against the wall when the revolution came."
Maibe with this merger they have more people to put in HP's shows telling us how good Itanium is selling.

Posted by Jaime Cardoso on December 28, 2004 at 02:18 AM PST #

What does this mean to conflicting analysis? Meta was known for having some strong opinions, and Gartner is known for milquetoast opinions.

Does Gartner have the guts to issue clarifications where there are conflicts in analysis?

What about vendors who have paid off Meta? Will they demand a refund from Gartner? What about vendors that have paid off Gartner? Do they have something to fear?

My guess is Gartner will just roll Meta's analysis into its probability matrix and issue more glop.

Posted by Mark on December 28, 2004 at 03:19 AM PST #

this just is not a good thing... meta tends to be much better at cto-level analysis... gartner's aimed more at cio-level analysis... so now what we'll get is a blended bipolar marketoid attempt to combine their analysis to satisfy both ;) just not a good thing...

Posted by mike dunn on December 29, 2004 at 10:55 AM PST #

<tt>These folks aren't perfect. If they were, most of us would be running OS/2 on Itanium by now :)</tt>

You say that like it would be a bad thing :) I still have fond memories of SOM and the Workplace Shell.

I keep wishing someone would steal the good bits of that....

Posted by David Kopp on January 03, 2005 at 01:13 AM PST #

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