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.

The Internet of Things Enables Digital Business

Much of the innovation in the Internet of Things is being fueled by young, dynamic companies, and the "maker generation." Gartner research reveals the Internet of Things (IoT) as one of the most active areas for innovation. This special report focuses on the opportunities it provides and the threat of disruption it could pose to many businesses.

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.

How to Achieve Enterprise Agility With a Bimodal Capability

Confronted by digital transformation, enterprises recognize the need to innovate more, manage uncertainty better and establish more agility. However, they have to do this while simultaneously running the business and hitting regular performance goals, which is where bimodal capabilities are crucial.

Boosting Workforce Effectiveness with a Digital Workplace

The digital workplace is a business strategy to boost employee engagement and agility through a more consumerized work environment. Gartner's digital workplace initiative helps organizations develop a comprehensive plan to align IT strategies with the changing needs of the workforce and the workplace. The end result is sustained competitive advantage delivered through the rapid and enthusiastic uptake of new and emerging technologies throughout the organization.

Digital Business: Digital Humanism Makes People Better, Not Technology Better

The emerging digital world requires human-centric digital leadership. It is the notion that people must be a central focus in the manifestation of digital businesses and digital workplaces. This special report explains how CIOs and business leaders must integrate human-centric digital leadership into their overall strategic plans to drive successful digital strategies. Our focus on a digital business philosophy that centers on human values and interests is called digital humanism.

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 Cool Vendors 2015

The trend towards digitalization continues unabated in 2015. Any success in digital business must deal with the rise of "things." Many of this year's Cool Vendors are exploiting digitalization and the Internet of Things to build the next generation of innovation. Cool Vendors research can help clients stay ahead of the IT technology curve, and make better strategic decisions about technology and services.

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 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.

Gartner Predicts 2015

Digital business disrupts IT, redefines the power of the consumer, and redraws the lines of competition across multiple industries. Businesses must act rapidly to respond to fundamental changes in competitive challenges, customer demands and technology use models. Gartner's Predicts 2015 Special Report points out the multiple ways CIOs, IT leaders, marketing leaders and technology providers can use technology to deliver real-world business value.

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.

The Future of IT Sales: Digital Business Drives Change

Digital business is driving change across the enterprise — including in the sales organization. To build a strong future sales force, technology providers' business unit and strategy leaders must better enable their sellers with skills that drive customer value.

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.

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.

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?

2014 Special Reports

Maverick Research

Maverick 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. This research explores high-impact future scenarios that help executives and senior managers to break out of conventional approaches and use new perspectives to explore the future.

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.

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.