Analyst Profile

David Cearley

David Cearley

Distinguished VP Analyst

31 years at Gartner,  44 years industry experience

Location:  FL USA  | Language(s):  English

Roles and Responsibilities

David Cearley is a Distinguished Vice President Analyst 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 Technology Innovation research group, he focuses on emerging and strategic technology trends, trendspotting, and how enterprises establish technology innovation programs.


Previous Experience

Mr. Cearley's expertise spans software architectures and standards, component software models, application design, the internet, business-IT alignment, and the cloud computing 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/Innovative Software, Director, Product Management, 8 years
  • Meta Group, Senior Vice President & Principal Analyst, 12 years
  • Revelation Technologies, Vice President, Research & Development, 2 years


  • B.S., Finance and Economics, Rockhurst University

Industry Awards/Accolades

  • Gartner Fellow