Analyst Profile

David Cearley

David Cearley

Distinguished VP Analyst

28 years at Gartner ,  39 years industry experience

Roles and Responsibilities

David Cearley is a Vice President and Gartner Fellow in Gartner Research and is a leading authority on information technology. As a member of Gartner Research, Mr. Cearley analyzes emerging and strategic business and technology trends and explores how these trends shape the way individuals and companies derive value from technology. As a member of the Enterprise Architecture & Technology Innovation research group, he focuses on cloud computing, emerging and strategic technology trends, and how enterprises establish technology innovation programs.

Areas of Coverage

  • Emerging Trends & Technologies


Previous Experience

Mr. Cearley's expertise spans software architectures and standards, component software models, application design, the internet, business-IT alignment, and the IT services market. He has worked with a wide range of end-user and vendor organizations assisting in strategy creation, technology selection, implementation planning and organizational development. Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Cearley held various senior-level research positions at Meta Group. Before that, he was vice president of R&D for Revelation Technologies, served as program director at Gartner Group, and held various managerial/director-level positions at Innovative Software and Informix.

Professional Background

Informix, Director, Product Management, 8 years
Meta Group, Senior Vice President & Principal Analyst, 12 years
Revelation Technologies, Vice President, Research & Development, 2 years

Industry Awards/Accolades

Gartner Fellow


B.S., Finance and Economics, Rockhurst University



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