Analyst Profile
David Mitchell Smith
David Mitchell Smith
VP & Gartner Fellow
Bedford, NH USA
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Years of Experience
19 years at Gartner
33 years IT industry
Areas of Coverage
Consumer Technologies
Web Services
Application Development & Integration

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Roles and Responsibilities
David Mitchell Smith is a vice president and Gartner Fellow in Gartner Research, where he specializes in the impact of catalytic technologies such as the Internet, Web technologies (such as the mobile Web and HTML5), cloud computing and consumer technologies. During his 17-plus years at Gartner, he has played a leadership role in several of the company's efforts in these areas, including the emergence of cloud computing and consumerization of IT. He has served as the lead Gartner analyst covering major vendors such as Microsoft, IBM, Sun and AOL. Mr. Smith is often quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, and has frequently been a guest on CNBC. In 2002, Adweek's Technology Marketing magazine named him the most influential industry analyst.
Previous Experience
Mr. Smith has more than 30 years of experience in the IT industry. Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Smith was a service director for Unix and advanced operating environments at International Data Corp. (IDC), where he was the lead analyst for open systems and software architectures. Before IDC, he held various marketing and engineering positions at Digital Equipment Corp., including responsibility for the company's Unix competitive analysis program. Before Digital, Mr. Smith spent several years working as a programmer at a small time-sharing (cloud computing) operation in Boston, Massachusetts.
Professional Background
International Data Corp., Service Director, 3 years
Digital Equipment Corp., Various Roles, 8 years
Manager of Programming Services, Mark Ops, 2 years
Industry Awards/Accolades
Boston University Teaching Fellowship
"Most Influential IT Analyst," Adweek's Technology Marketing magazine, 2002
Gartner Fellow
B.S., Applied Mathematics, summa cum laude, Clark University
M.S., Computer Engineering, Boston University

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A Two-Pronged Approach to Browser Strategies Allows for Legacy and Modern Browser Strategy 07-Mar-2014 David Mitchell Smith, Ray Valdes
Agenda Overview for Application Development, 2014 09-Jan-2014 Ian Finley, Thomas E. Murphy, Jim Duggan, Mark Driver, Gordon Van Huizen, Nathan Wilson, David Mitchell Smith, Matthew Hotle, Joe Bugajski, Brian Prentice, Ray Valdes, Ross Altman, Richard Marshall, Van L. Baker, David Norton
Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Application Platform as a Service 07-Jan-2014 Yefim V. Natis, Massimo Pezzini, Mark Driver, David Mitchell Smith, Kimihiko Iijima, Ross Altman
Agenda Overview for Cloud Computing, 2014 03-Jan-2014 David Mitchell Smith
Predicts 2014: Cloud Computing Affects All Aspects of IT 04-Dec-2013 David Mitchell Smith, Gregor Petri, Yefim V. Natis, Donna Scott, Michael Warrilow, Jay Heiser, Alexa Bona, Douglas Toombs, Morgan Yeates, Tiffani Bova, Benoit J. Lheureux