Author Profile

David Smith

David Smith

Distinguished VP Analyst

28 years at Gartner,  42 years' experience

Location:  NH USA  |  Language(s):  English

Roles and Responsibilities

David Mitchell Smith is a Distinguished Vice President Analyst and Gartner Fellow Emeritus in Gartner Research. Mr. Smith is part of the Enterprise Architecture and Technology Innovation team where his focus is on cloud computing and digital foundations. He specializes in the impact of catalytic technologies, such as the internet, cloud computing, digital business and consumer technologies. During his 28-plus years at Gartner, he has played a leadership role in several of the company's efforts in these areas, including the consumerization of IT and willful disruption, a model for analyzing the intent of disruptors. He has served as a Lead Gartner Analyst covering major vendors, such as Microsoft, IBM, Amazon, Sun, Google and Apple. 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.


Previous Experience

Mr. Smith has more than 30 years of experience in the IT industry. Prior to joining Gartner, he 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, he 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


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

Industry Awards/Accolades

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