Analyst Profile

David W. Cearley

David W. Cearley

VP & Gartner Fellow

23 years at Gartner ,  34 years industry experience
Stamford, CT USA

Roles and Responsibilities

David Cearley is a Vice President and Gartner Fellow in Gartner Research and is a leading authority on information technology. As a member of Gartner Research, Mr. Cearley analyzes emerging and strategic business and technology trends and explores how these trends shape the way individuals and companies derive value from technology. His current research is focused on cloud computing and how Internet and Web technologies, standards and business models are impacting the IT landscape.

Areas of Coverage

  • Emerging Trends & Technologies


Previous Experience

Mr. Cearley's expertise spans software architectures and standards, component software models, application design, the Internet, business-IT alignment, and the IT services market. He has worked with a wide range of end-user and vendor organizations assisting in strategy creation, technology selection, implementation planning and organizational development. Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Cearley held various senior-level research positions at Meta Group. Before that, he was vice president of R&D for Revelation Technologies, served as program director at Gartner Group, and held various managerial/director-level positions at Innovative Software and Informix.

Professional Background

Informix, Director, Product Management, 8 years
Meta Group, Senior Vice President & Principal Analyst, 12 years
Revelation Technologies, Vice President, Research & Development, 2 years

Industry Awards/Accolades

Gartner Fellow


B.S., Finance and Economics, Rockhurst University