Gartner Usage Policy
We welcome you to call us if you are a Gartner Licensed User with Analyst Inquiry Service.
You may use our Analyst Inquiry Calls (or Written Responses, where approved) to discuss:
- Company related issues
- Interpretation of Gartner Research
- Document reviews such as basic technology reviews of business-related documents (up to 20 pages)
NOTE: Non-Users, inside or outside the Client company, may not participate on Inquiry Calls or receive copies of Written Responses. For the avoidance of doubt, "participate" in this context means Non-Users:
- May not physically attend a session
- May not listen in to an Analyst Inquiry session
Analyst Inquiry entitlements beyond the baseline service described hereunder may vary by service purchased. For additional guidance on your service-specific entitlements, please consult your account representative.
Best Practices for using Analyst Inquiry
What if I want to use Analyst Inquiry...
After reading a Banking and Investment Services Gartner Research document, George (Licensed User) would like to speak with the Gartner Industry Analyst who authored it to ask some second-level questions regarding the information he read. Since George has the necessary Advisor-level access with his Industry Advisory Services License, George may ask Gartner to schedule an Analyst Inquiry call with the relevant Gartner Industry Analyst.
Sally (Non-User) must provide guidance to her senior leadership team on how to best restructure their network and communications systems. Sally's colleague, Frank (Licensed User) schedules an Analyst Inquiry call; Sally participates in his place. This is unacceptable use because Non-Users may not participate on Analyst Inquiry calls. Frank may, however, take notes on his Analyst Inquiry call and share those notes with Sally; or alternatively, the Client company may contact their Account Executive to purchase a User License for Sally so that she can participate in her own right on Analyst Inquiry calls. The Account Executive will make sure to find an appropriate solution to meet Sally's requirement.
George (Licensed User) is working with a group of colleagues, all of whom have Advisor-level licenses for Industry Advisory Services. They are launching a project related to gaining a competitive edge in the global manufacturing market. In preparation for the launch, George would like to schedule an Analyst Inquiry call with an Industry Advisory Analyst to better understand the key issues. This is an acceptable use of Analyst Inquiry, as all participants have an Advisor-level license for Industry Advisory Services.
Dawn (Licensed User) subscribes to the IT Leadership Team solution, and her company has designated her as the Leader Licensed User. She and her IT Leadership Team Members are assessing a potential vendor and need to speak to a Gartner Analyst regarding the vendor selection process. As the Leader, Dawn schedules the Analyst Inquiry call for herself and the IT Leadership Team Members. This is an acceptable use of Analyst Inquiry, as all the participants subscribe to the IT Leadership Team license (i.e., Leader and Member(s)).
Frank (Licensed User) is an Enterprise Architect who is responsible for multiple projects throughout the year. Frank likes to have other colleagues join him on his Analyst Inquiry calls to ensure that there is consensus and that all relevant questions are answered during the call. Sometimes, Frank invites a large group of participants to these Analyst Inquiry calls, none of whom has the Advisor-level or workgroup license required for participation. This is an unacceptable use of Analyst Inquiry calls, because only Licensed Users with the correct access level for the relevant service may participate on Analyst Inquiry calls. If Frank wants to have other colleagues participate with him on Analyst Inquiry calls, Frank should contact his Account Executive who will help Frank find an appropriate solution to meet his requirements.
Sally (Licensed User) is an administrator in the IT department of her company and currently subscribes to an Advisor-level license for Industry Advisory Services. Often times she sets up Analyst Inquiry calls for others in her department working on key projects (i.e., regardless if the other person is a non-User or Licensed User with a different level of access). Sally never joins the Analyst Inquiry calls. As a general rule, participation on Analyst Inquiry calls is limited to Licensed Users who are entitled to Analyst Inquiry for the same type of service under their company's contract with Gartner. Non-Users, inside or outside the Client company, may not participate on Analyst Inquiry calls.
Dawn (Licensed User) is an Analyst Relations professional and has scheduled an Analyst Inquiry call to discuss a new product launch. Dawn would like to invite Non-Users to participate on the Analyst Inquiry call. She promises that they will only listen and not engage with the Gartner Analyst. This is an unacceptable use of Analyst Inquiry calls, because (1) only Licensed Users with the correct access level for the relevant service are permitted to participate, attend, or listen to an Analyst Inquiry session; and (2) Non-Users are prohibited from both (a) physically attending an Analyst Inquiry session or (b) listening in to an Analyst Inquiry session.
John (Licensed User) is a Product Development professional and has scheduled an Analyst Inquiry call to discuss a product strategy for which he is collaborating with a third-party vendor organization. John would like to invite Sally (Licensed User) from the third-party vendor organization to participate on the Analyst Inquiry call. This is an unacceptable use of Analyst Inquiry calls, because Analyst Inquiry calls are strategic conversations limited to the Gartner Analyst(s) and the Licensed User(s) from the single client organization only. Licensed User(s) from other client organizations may not participate.
George (Licensed User) is assigned to a project team and schedules an Analyst Inquiry call with Gartner for additional insight on a subject. George may take notes during the Analyst Inquiry call and share those notes internally with his colleagues on the project team. Sharing notes from an Analyst Inquiry call internally with colleagues on a project team is an acceptable use so long as it is not done on a systematic or routine basis and so long as distribution is limited to an internal audience only (e.g., project teams of no more than 15 people; if it is more than that please consult firstname.lastname@example.org for additional guidance).
Dawn (Licensed User) has read a Gartner Research document for her upcoming vendor selection process. Dawn noticed that Gartner has not published any research for 3 years on the vendor that she is considering. Since Dawn has a Gartner for IT Leaders Advisor license that entitles her to Inquiry, she schedules a call with the Gartner Analyst to determine how that vendor is faring in the marketplace. The Gartner Analyst may provide Dawn with up-to-date data and insights to help her in the selection process. Also note: the Gartner Analyst may not recommend that specific vendor to the client for selection.
John (Licensed User) is the CIO for a small company in a smaller geography. He is responsible for implementing an ERP system and has read an interesting Gartner Research document, but he is uncertain as to whether the advice provided in the Gartner Research document applies to his company. Since John subscribes to the Gartner for IT Executives CIO product, he schedules an Analyst Inquiry call to ask for additional guidance beyond what is published in the Gartner Research document. The Gartner Analyst may provide John with recommendations and information to consider so that John has greater insight to make an informed ERP selection.
Frank (Licensed User) asks Gartner to schedule an Analyst Inquiry call to assist him in reviewing a significant purchasing contract. Frank invites an outside consultant, retained by his company, to join him on the Analyst Inquiry call. This is an unacceptable use because Gartner does not permit Non-Users, inside or outside of Client company, to participate on Analyst Inquiry calls. Frank is, however, welcome to take notes on the Analyst Inquiry call and share those notes confidentially with his company's outside consultant.
Dawn (Licensed User) is responsible for numerous cost-cutting initiatives in her company's IT department and would like to work with a Gartner Analyst to set up an Analyst Inquiry to discuss her company's detailed cost-cutting strategy and conduct an in-depth discussion to establish priorities and estimated time frames. Since this request requires additional research and/or the development of supporting material by the analyst, it cannot be fulfilled in a 30-minute Analyst Inquiry call. Alternatively, Dawn may purchase from her Account Executive a Strategic Advisory Services (SAS) Internal Advisory Session.
John (Licensed User) contacts Gartner to schedule an Analyst Inquiry call about Camera Depot and the latest developments in digital SRL cameras, a vendor and topic that Gartner does not cover in its Research. In this case, John must look elsewhere for guidance on this particular vendor and topic.
Frank (Licensed User) schedules an Analyst Inquiry call to discuss a Gartner Research document on "Green IT Strategies." Frank wants to record the Analyst Inquiry call so that he can share the information he learns with a key group of managers within his organization. This is an unacceptable use because Gartner does not permit clients to record Analyst Inquiry calls. While Frank may share personal notes he takes during the Analyst Inquiry call, a verbatim recording of the Analyst Inquiry call is not permitted.
George (Licensed User) subscribes to a Gartner for IT Executives CIO License and is concerned because the terms in his Service Description for that product are different from the baseline License described in the Gartner Usage Policy. In instances, where a specific Gartner product offering includes entitlements that are different from the baseline license in the Gartner Usage Policy; the terms of that product offering will apply for the duration of George's Service Agreement.
Dawn (Licensed User) subscribes to a Gartner license with Analyst Inquiry privileges. Instead of scheduling an Analyst Inquiry call, she has requested and received permission from Gartner for the Analyst to provide a Written Response to her question. Dawn would like to share the Analyst's Written Response with her CIO. A Licensed User may, on a non-routine basis and provided the sharing is limited to a small audience, excerpt from or summarize in their own words an Analyst's Written Response and share that excerpt or summary internally within their client organization only.
Frank (Licensed User) subscribes to a Gartner license with Analyst Inquiry privileges. As part of a vendor selection process he is working on, he requests the Gartner Analyst to provide a Written Response regarding the pros and cons of doing business with a particular vendor. Frank decides to share the Analyst's Written Response with that vendor. This is an unacceptable use of Analyst Written Responses, which are confidential and intended solely for use by the Licensed User. Any external sharing of an Analyst Written response is in violation of Gartner policy.
Frank (Licensed User) subscribes to a Gartner Service with Analyst Inquiry privileges including contract reviews. He would like to request the Gartner Analyst to conduct a contract review of his upcoming vendor renewal. Frank is concerned that he may be violating the confidentiality provision in his vendor contract. It is a commonly accepted business practice to seek outside professional assistance in reviewing service contracts, provided such review is done on a confidential basis. Since Frank's company has an agreement with Gartner that includes a confidentiality clause, it is acceptable for Frank to share his vendor contract with the Gartner Analyst. For more information go to Contract Reviews.
Frank (Licensed User) is gearing up for his strategic marketing plan presentation to his senior management. He has prepared a 15 page presentation that he would like for the Gartner Analyst to review and provide comments. If Frank subscribes to a license with the appropriate Analyst Inquiry entitlements, he may leverage an Analyst Inquiry call to have an Analyst review and comment on Requests for Proposal (RFP), marketing or business plans, and other documents. The document size should not exceed twenty (20) pages.
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Updated as of April 2016