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 leads the agenda for cloud computing and 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 19-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 and is currently the lead on Amazon. 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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Toolkit: How to Separate the Reality From the Hype Surrounding Cloud Computing 21-Aug-2014 David Mitchell Smith
HTML5: The Future of Mobile or Irrelevant? 11-Aug-2014 David Mitchell Smith
Hype Cycle for Cloud Computing, 2014 24-Jul-2014 David Mitchell Smith
Cool Vendors in Application Development, 2014 25-Apr-2014 Brian Prentice, Jim Duggan, Magnus Revang, David Mitchell Smith, Nathan Wilson
Cool Vendors in Web Computing, 2014 24-Apr-2014 Ray Valdes, Gene Phifer, David Mitchell Smith, Jim Murphy, Magnus Revang, Brian Prentice