Distinguished VP Analyst
27 years at Gartner
40 years industry experience
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 he leads the research agenda for cloud computing and digital disruption. He specializes in the impact of catalytic technologies, such as the internet, 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 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 Deloitte. 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.
David Smith's Recent Gartner Activity
Vendor Rating: Apple
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The Future of Cloud Computing for IT Leaders
17 November 2020
The Cloud Strategy Cookbook: Find the Recipe for Your Success
05 May 2021
Cloud Native & Multicloud – Buzzwords or Key Principles for Your Cloud Strategy?
05 August 2021
On-Demand & Upcoming Webinars
17 October 2022 - 20 October 2022
IT Infrastructure, Operations and Cloud Strategies Conference
06 December 2022 - 08 December 2022
Upcoming Gartner Events
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.
Digital Equipment Corp., Various Roles, 8 years
International Data Corp., Service Director, 3 years
Manager of Programming Services, Mark Ops, 2 years
"Most Influential IT Analyst," Adweek's Technology Marketing magazine, 2002
Boston University Teaching Fellowship
B.S., Applied Mathematics, summa cum laude, Clark University
M.S., Computer Engineering, Boston University