Analyst Profile

Merv Adrian

Merv Adrian

VP Analyst

12 years at Gartner,  48 years industry experience

Location:  USA  | Language(s):  English

Roles and Responsibilities

Merv Adrian is an Analyst on the Data Management team following operational DBMS, Apache Hadoop, Spark, nonrelational DBMS and adjacent technologies. Mr. Adrian also tracks the increasing impact of open source on data management software and monitors the changing requirements for data security in information platforms.


Previous Experience

Mr. Adrian most recently headed IT Market Strategy, which he founded to provide professional services to information technology strategy and marketing professionals. Earlier, he ran technology research for Forrester, following its acquisition of Giga Information Group. He spent a decade in the software industry after several years as a Programmer on Wall Street.

Professional Background

  • Forrester Research, Senior Vice President, 5 years
  • Giga Information Group, Vice President, 8 years
  • IT Market Strategy, Principal and Founder, 2 years


  • B.A., Business (Finance), Baruch College, CUNY

Industry Awards/Accolades

  • Top Big Data Influencer of 2013, HadoopSphere
  • Top Data Science Analytics and BI Feeds, 2015, Twitter