Special Reports on Emerging Trends, Topics and Innovations

These are high-impact topics relevant to a variety of business and IT roles and industries across the globe. Gartner provides the insight and guidance clients need to understand the risks and opportunities around these topics and to help them make smart decisions based on the priorities for their organization.

Coming to Terms with Business Unit IT to Prepare for Digital Business

CIOs and IT leaders must not let the problem of business unit IT drag on into future generations to hinder their chances to harness the power of digital.

Unlock Digital Business Value Through the Economics of Connections

In digital business, connections give people, businesses and intelligent "things" value. This special report explains how digital business leaders need to design flexible ecosystems to exploit the economics of connections.

Explore Algorithmic Business to Drive Differentiation

Business and IT leaders need to step up to the growing business opportunities enabled by algorithms. While algorithms are not new, they are moving front and center in the race for competitive differentiation as leading organizations uncover their true value.

Cost Optimization in the Age of Digital Business

Many organizations are already behind the curve in terms of funding digital business. An economic slowdown further threatens organizations' ability to make these investments. CIOs must be proactive about IT and business cost optimization to fund digital business.

Internet of Things: 2016 Action Plan

In 2015, we saw the peak of IoT hype, with increasingly connected smart cities, connected cars and many new offerings to consumers. All of which sets 2016 as the time for a reality-check as IoT becomes real for more businesses across more areas.

Deliver on the Promise of Bimodal

Enterprises must innovate with a range of technologies and transform the business at speed. This special report provides insight on developing and scaling an enterprise bimodal capability to enable exploratory, innovative responses.

Rising to the Challenge of Digital Business: Key Insights From the 2015 Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Keynote

Algorithms define the future of digital business. They turn big data into insights, automate processes, and differentiate products and services.

Entering the Smart Machine Age

Senior business and IT leaders are stepping up to a broad range of opportunities enabled by smart machines. While they do not have to understand all of the capabilities and limits of smart machines, they do need their teams to be versed enough to exploit the opportunities and disabuse the myths.

Maverick Research

Maverick Research is intentionally edgy, disruptive and thought provoking to help your organization break out of the doldrums and go full "Mode 2" in business. The "Maverick Program" is a special innovation incubator within Gartner that helps our analysts break out of their comfort zone and their consensus-driven conclusions to consider, propose, research and write on novel and disruptive high-impact perspectives on the future, as well as new ways of approaching existing issues. This research allows clients the opportunity to consider alternative technology-related scenarios so that they can better conceptualize future opportunities and risks.

Delivering Business Value With a Digital Workplace

New technologies will undoubtedly help organizations become more innovative, respond more quickly to accelerating business cycles, become more customer centric and more collaborative. And of course new technologies are an inherent part of the transition to digital business. The digital workplace is a business strategy to promote employee agility and engagement through a more consumerized work environment. Done well, the digital workplace becomes the mechanism to enable organizations to successfully introduce and exploit new and emerging technology.

How to Build a Mobile Digital Presence

Businesses know that they must deliver compelling mobile experiences, yet IT Leaders often struggle to understand just how to achieve this. This special report helps master the four essential topics for building out a digital mobile presence: methods, people, technology and delivery.

Advancing Business With Advanced Analytics

Advanced analytics goes beyond the traditional role of basic analytics — advanced analytics is future-oriented, focused on driving business decisions based on explaining, anticipating and optimizing outcomes, behaviors and processes. Business and IT leaders are boosting investment in this area. This Gartner special report offers analysis and recommendations on the role of advanced analytics, the tools, techniques and best practices.

Customer Experience Emerges as the New Competitive Battlefield

Greater competition and growing consumer power have eroded traditional product- and service-based differentiation, forcing firms to seek new, more durable forms of competitive advantage. Many business and IT leaders see the customer experience as a sustainable source of competitive differentiation.

C-suite Perspectives: 2015 CEO Survey

Gartner's 2015 CEO and Senior Executive Survey finds that growth is the priority and technology is a primary tool, but the need for deep, structural change is not yet fully recognized.

Global Perspectives: CIO Agenda 2015

Building on the 2015 Gartner CIO Survey, in this report we interpret and augment the advice from "Flipping to Digital Leadership: The 2015 CIO Agenda" for specific industry and geographic contexts.

The Ongoing Opportunity for IT Cost and Value Optimization

The need to control IT costs and get the most from IT investments remains. Our research on IT cost and value optimization provides leaders across the IT organization — from the CIO to the application manager — with ongoing insights and best practices.

The Nexus of Forces: Social, Mobile, Cloud and Information

The nexus of forces describes the convergence and mutual reinforcement of four interdependent trends: social interaction, mobility, cloud, and information. The forces combine to empower individuals as they interact with each other and their information through well-designed ubiquitous technology.

Special Reports Helping Clients Make Strategic Technology Decisions

Our clients make important multi-year technology investments in the face of uncertainty and risk. These Special Reports provide insights designed to keep clients at the forefront of strategy and technology to help make investment decision as well as anticipate important shifts around the trends driving the industry forward.

Gartner Predicts 2016: Algorithms Drive Digital to the Next Level

Digital transformation has become a key factor in future business growth and success. The digital revolution is about consumer behavior and business opportunity, not technology. The future of business will be defined by how well companies, organizations, and governments leverage the technology to enable partner and customer engagement across a wide range of digitalized processes. Our predictions are broad and deep, and reach across the most significant areas of IT and the IT industry.

Gartner Cool Vendors 2016

Digital transformation can be a proactive or reactive strategy executed by a CIO that cements an organization's place in the digital world. Gartner's Cool Vendor Report for 2016 examines digital disruptions, game changing features and which technology fads are here to stay.

Gartner Hype Cycles 2015

Gartner's 2015 Hype Cycles will help enterprises identify which emerging computing technologies, services and disciplines to invest in. Hype Cycles can also help technology and service providers decide on product planning and marketing. In this special report, we'll show you how big an impact each will have and how soon it will occur.

Gartner IT Market Clock

The 2015 Gartner IT Market Clock Special Report gives advice to Executive Teams, CIOs and IT leaders about making IT investment decisions and pursuing digital business opportunities. Business leaders will need to adopt new IT capabilities, technologies, and delivery models if they hope to transform their businesses. IT Market Clocks are a critical tool that monitors the entire life cycle of IT assets and can help to identify existing IT investments that should be dismissed shortly, those that can be maintained for a while still and new IT investments needed for fast innovation.

Gartner Worldwide IT Spending Forecast

The Gartner Worldwide IT Spending Forecast is the leading indicator of major technology trends across the devices, IT services, data center systems, enterprise software and telecom services markets, and across geographies. IT and business executives are using these highly anticipated quarterly reports as they refine their strategy and road map to prioritize investments and identify opportunities within the IT market, and to base their critical business decisions on proven methodologies.

Role-Specific Special Reports

We also cover trending topics that have high impact to clients in specific technology areas.

Gartner Supply Chain Top 25

Our annual Supply Chain Top 25 identifies the companies that best demonstrate leadership in applying demand-driven principles to drive business results.

The Supply Chain Path to Becoming a Digital Disrupter

Digital transformation hinges on the supply chain's ability to support digital business. Find out more about the path to digital maturity, the requisite digital enablers and the corresponding changes to supply chain function.

Gartner for Technical Professionals: Modernize Application Development to Succeed as a Digital Business
To enable their enterprises to seize digital business opportunities, development teams must modernize architecture, infrastructure and processes to deliver higher-quality applications with greater agility. This special report brings together a range of research to help meet these challenges.

Gartner for Technical Professionals: 2016 Planning Guides
The exponential rate of technology change is shaking the foundation of IT, but this radical evolution is also creating an opportunity for IT to take advantage of abundant technology services. Technical professionals must embrace agility, design and innovation to set the pace in their organizations.

The Future of IT Sales: Understanding Buyer Readiness

Aligning sales processes with actual buyer readiness is an entirely new way to think about improving sales effectiveness and performance. Sales enablement leaders must work to eliminate the misalignment between what customers want and what sales does to create a more engaging buyer experience.

Gartner for Technical Professionals: Managing Cloud Service Providers

Now more than ever, organizations must focus on developing their competency to evaluate and manage public cloud providers — and build a foundation for productive provider relationships. This special report brings together a range of research to accomplish that goal, and to avoid looming pitfalls.

Gartner for Technical Professionals: Office 365

As Microsoft pulls out all the stops to entice, guide or compel customers to move to its Office 365 services, key decisions loom for many organizations. This special report brings together a range of research to help these organizations chart a sound course and avoid possible pitfalls.

Deconstructing Supply Chain Analytics

Supply chain analytics are essential to creating a profitable response to market demand. This research will provide supply chain strategists with answers to three critical questions: What are supply chain analytics, how should they be adopted and why adopt them?