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Gartner Special Reports are time-sensitive IT research reports focused on key issues in technology. Below is an archive of Special Reports published in the past year.

September 2014

Gartner IT Market Clock

With billions of people, businesses and things communicating, transacting, and even negotiating with each other — the world of digital business is developing and organizations must get ready for that. Finding the right balance between maintaining existing IT assets and investing in new ones is a challenging task and Gartner’s IT Market Clock can help. The IT Market Clock is a decision framework that helps prioritize IT investments, cost justify IT modernization projects and connect multiple stakeholders to enable joint initiatives and investment decisions.

Every Budget is an IT Budget

Information Technology has become ubiquitous. Every enterprise, every department, every employee could not perform daily activities without it. Increasingly, competitive advantage is determined by competencies necessary for selecting and applying information technology. This special report examines how responsibility for budgeting IT expenses should be distributed as enterprises transform into digital businesses.

The Future of IT Sales: A New Way Forward

Although technology has seen unprecedented advancements, the sales models used to take those products to market have remained largely unchanged. Gartner’s Future of IT Sales Reports provides tools and best practices for making go-to-market choices a source of differentiation and competitive advantage.

August 2014

Gartner Hype Cycles 2014

The 2014 Gartner Hype Cycle Special Report evaluates the market promotion and perception of value for over 2,000 technologies, services and trends in over 119 areas. This year, we're also exploring the impact of the megatrends affecting the Hype Cycles and profiles across all research areas. This report tells a story of how technologies, services and strategies evolve from market hype and excitement of value to becoming a mainstream part of business and IT.

Gartner for Technical Professionals: 2014 Planning Guides

Adopting mobility, cloud, information intelligence, and collaboration are a given into today's world. But the key to unlocking the true potential of these technologies is not to use them individually to solve tactical problems. The key is to use them in concert to revolutionize the business model, improve customer services, and streamline processes.

Digital Business Technologies

As digital business grows, so does its impact on technology – existing and emerging. The transition to digital business models will require the coordinated application of mulitple classes of technology. This special report on Digital Business Technologies explores five of these areas which are essential for success with digital business.

Long-Range Trends, Scenarios & Planning for Business Executives & CIOs

To make smart decisions today about business tomorrow, leading-edge CIOs will need insight into long-view scenarios, perspectives and advice so they can harness business shifts before their competitors.

June 2014

Digital Business Development Path

Digital business is the creation of new business designs by blurring the digital and physical worlds. CIOs and IT leaders can use this framework to identify the current state of the business, determine the future state and gauge the change required to become a digital business.

Security Futures: Prepare for the Peak & Beyond

New, advanced threats are straining security team resources, even while spending increases. In 2013, Gartner's Security Scenario Research explored the possible directions that may occur by 2020. Now, Gartner builds upon that foundational research with a look at threat-centric trends in security spending and staffing, and how to manage and thrive though what may be an unsustainable trajectory.

May 2014

Gartner Cool Vendors 2014

Digital business is causing changes on a scale and at a frequency that is unprecedented. New opportunities can be captured through use of many emerging technologies, new products and services. These Cool Vendors, while not exhaustive, will support digitalization and the notion of "Big Change."

Gartner for Technical Professionals: Big Data and Business Analytics

Business analytics is front and center in today's enterprise. Enterprises are being challenged to leverage increasing amounts and types of data to capatilize on new opportunities, guide operations, respond to regulatory obligations, manage and reduce costs, and provide a competitive advantage. Gartner's big data and analytics guidance provides proven guidance to the IT professional for making business analytics efforts successful.

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 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.

April 2014

The Future of IT Sales

Technology and service providers' profitable growth is increasingly dependent on an ability to optimize their go-to-market strategy. Gartner's Future of IT Sales Research provides tools and best practices for making go-to-market choices a source of differentiation and competitive advantage, instead of an afterthought.

Gartner Worldwide IT Spending Forecast

The Gartner Worldwide IT Spending Forecast is the leading indicator of major technology trends across the hardware, software, IT services and telecom markets. For more than a decade, global IT and business executives have been using these highly anticipated quarterly reports to recognize market opportunities and challenges, and base their critical business decisions on proven methodologies rather than guesswork.

March 2014

Digital Business

Digital business promises to usher in an unprecedented convergence of people, business, and things that disrupts existing business models. With more than seven billion people and businesses, and at least 35 billion devices, communicating, transacting, and even negotiating with each other, a new world comes into being — the world of digital business.

February 2014

Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2014

Strategic technologies are those with the potential for significant impact on enterprises during the next three years. Gartner's list of the top 10 strategic technology trends highlights 10 key trends that companies should be factoring into their strategic plans.

Gartner for Technical Professionals: Hybrid IT

Hybrid IT is the result of combining internal and external services, usually from a combination of internal and public clouds, in support of a business outcome. Interest in the public cloud has been tempered by adoption risks, leading to architectures that connect internal core services and critical data to external, commoditized services.

Gartner for Technical Professionals: How to Create a High Performance Mobile Center of Excellence

The media tablet market did not exist in early 2010. But now, millions of workers use these tablets in the enterprise every day and the tablet market is just the tip of the mobility iceberg. Just below the surface lies a torrent of innovations that include mobile applications, social media, mobile health, cloud computing, mobile payments, interconnected machines, mobile collaboration, and wireless technologies.

Gartner for Technical Professionals: Professional Effectiveness

Professional Effectiveness stems from the realization of IT practitioners that their organizations need to change how they work and that their culture must change to allow collaborative innovation with their business peers.

January 2014

Gartner Predicts 2014

Smart machines, 3D printing and digital business are just a few of the disruptions that are impacting business and IT. With so much change, IT leaders face a new set of realities moving forward. Gartner's 2014 Predicts Special Report explores how to exploit the digital revolution now.

The Gartner Execution Model

The Gartner Execution Model (GEM) provides a workflow and toolkit which helps identify, document and communicate potentially conflicting or interdependent execution streams across different parts of the enterprise.

November 2013

Long-Range Trends, Scenarios & Planning for Business Executives & CIOs

CIOs who master the intersection of macro trends, leadership in a digital world and gamechanging information and technology will dominate the new era of IT investment and business leadership.

The Mobile Imperative: Getting Started and Overcoming Obstacles

While most enterprises are increasingly feeling the imperative to "do mobile," many don't know where to begin, and there are many obstacles to success. This special report covers the range of obstacles from development to deployment, issues ranging from tools to management and security, and why bring your own device (BYOD) needs to be approached more broadly with the applications and strategies designed for today's world.

October 2013

Gartner Symposium Keynote: Leading in a Digital World

Digital Business applies unprecedented combinations of new technologies to generate revenue and value. It reshapes industries, reinvents business processes and models, and creates entirely new business opportunities. It determines the future of the IT profession. Highlights from the Keynote Presentation at Symposium/ITxpo Orlando and related research describe how organizations can prepare for the rapidly approaching Digital Industrial Economy.

The Future of Global Information Security

The last ten years of information security are barely a hint to what comes next. This special report will explore the major tectonic forces at play that will change how business use of technology will be dramatically changed by rapid escalations in threat, defense and societal demands.

Drive Disruptive Innovation with Maverick* Research

Maverick* Research explores high-impact future scenarios that help our clients think differently to uncover opportunity and enable innovation. Our collection of research is intentionally disruptive and edgy to help you get ahead of the mainstream and take advantage of trends and insights that could impact your IT strategy and your organization.

Driving Value from Big Data

Organizations have increased their understanding of what big data is and what value it can potentially deliver to the business. With this shift comes a new set of hurdles spanning people, process and technology. This special report explores those hurdles and how information leaders can overcome them.

September 2013

Gartner IT Market Clock

Every IT product and service has a finite useful life and must eventually be retired or replaced. When making these decisions, correct timing is critical. The Gartner IT Market Clock is a framework that can help IT and business leaders evaluate and prioritize IT investments.

Hybrid Cloud: Driving the Shift from IT Control to IT Coordination

Hybrid Cloud — the name is odd enough, but it represents one of the primary realities of the cloud world: no cloud service stands alone. Cloud computing comes in several forms: public, private and hybrid. In this special report, we examine the notion of hybrid cloud and how it is also turning enterprise IT into a hybrid IT organization.