Analyst Profile

David Mitchell Smith

David Mitchell Smith

VP & Gartner Fellow

22 years at Gartner ,  35 years industry experience

Roles and Responsibilities

David Mitchell Smith is a Vice President and Gartner Fellow in Gartner Research, where he leads the agenda for cloud computing and digital disruptors. He specializes in the impact of catalytic technologies, such as the Internet, Web technologies, cloud computing, digital business and consumer technologies. During his 20-plus years at Gartner, he has played a leadership role in several of the company's efforts in these areas, including the emergence of cloud computing, the impact of disruptive vendors and the consumerization of IT. He has served as the lead Gartner analyst covering major vendors, such as Microsoft, IBM, Sun and AOL, and is currently the lead on Amazon. Mr. Smith is often quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, and has frequently been a guest on CNBC. In 2002, Adweek's Technology Marketing magazine named him the most influential industry analyst.

Areas of Coverage

  • Web Services
  • Consumer Technologies
  • Application Development & Integration

David Mitchell Smith's Recent Gartner Activity

Latest Research


Previous Experience

Mr. Smith has more than 30 years of experience in the IT industry. Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Smith was a service director for Unix and advanced operating environments at International Data Corp. (IDC), where he was the lead analyst for open systems and software architectures. Before IDC, he held various marketing and engineering positions at Digital Equipment Corp., including responsibility for the company's Unix competitive analysis program. Before Digital, Mr. Smith spent several years working as a programmer at a small time-sharing (cloud computing) operation in Boston, Massachusetts.

Professional Background

Digital Equipment Corp., Various Roles, 8 years
International Data Corp., Service Director, 3 years
Manager of Programming Services, Mark Ops, 2 years

Industry Awards/Accolades

"Most Influential IT Analyst," Adweek's Technology Marketing magazine, 2002
Boston University Teaching Fellowship
Gartner Fellow


B.S., Applied Mathematics, summa cum laude, Clark University
M.S., Computer Engineering, Boston University