Analyst Profile

Merv Adrian

Merv Adrian

Research VP

5 years at Gartner ,  38 years industry experience
Pleasanton, CA USA

Roles and Responsibilities

Merv Adrian is an Analyst on the Data Management team following DBMS, Hadoop, NoSQL and adjacent technologies as extreme information processing transforms assumptions about how to activate unused information assets. He also tracks the increasing impact of open-source software and monitors the way the software/hardware boundary for information platforms is shifting as more processing moves into the hardware layer and appliances change purchasing patterns.

Areas of Coverage

  • Data Management & Integration

Merv Adrian's Recent Gartner Activity

Latest Research


Previous Experience

Mr. Adrian most recently headed IT Market Strategy, which he founded to provide professional services to information technology strategy and marketing professionals. Earlier, he ran technology research for Forrester, following its acquisition of Giga Information Group. He spent a decade in the software industry after several years as a programmer on Wall Street.

Professional Background

Forrester Research, Senior Vice President, 5 years
Giga Information Group, Vice President, 8 years
IT Market Strategy, Principal and Founder, 2 years

Industry Awards/Accolades

Top Big Data Influencer of 2013
Twitter's Top Data Science Analytics and BI Feeds, 2015


B.A., Business (Finance), Baruch College, CUNY