David Smith

David Smith

Distinguished VP Analyst
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.
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Tuesday, December 06, 2022 / 12:30 PM - 01:00 PM PST
The Cloud Journey: From Strategy to Transformation

Not all cloud journeys are the same but there are similarities. A business-driven strategy coupled with a pragmatic adoption/migration plan is critical. But knowing where you are and where you are headed is critical to success. Journeys range from infrastructure replacement to digital transformation, with many others in between. This session brings all the ingredients together to enable the right journey for you.

Wednesday, December 07, 2022 / 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM PST
The Future of Cloud: Prepare for 2027

By 2027, cloud computing will be pervasive. Learn how the cloud will rapidly evolve through to 2027 and its impact on IT and business leaders. This provocative session will help you rethink and develop your cloud strategies to serve as a foundation for business disruption and innovation, beyond just technology innovation.

Wednesday, December 07, 2022 / 04:00 PM - 04:20 PM PST
Theater: Cloud Computing — Literally Off the Hype Cycle Charts? (Repeat)

Cloud computing continues to be one of the most hyped terms in the history of IT. Its hype transcends the IT industry and has entered popular culture, which has further increased hype and confusion around the term. In fact, cloud computing hype is literally “off the charts,” as Gartner’s Hype Cycle does not measure the amplitude of hype (meaning that a heavily hyped term such as cloud computing rises no higher on the Hype Cycle than anything else).

Thursday, December 08, 2022 / 12:30 PM - 01:00 PM PST
Avoiding the Top Mistakes in Your Cloud Strategy

Many organizations think they have a working cloud strategy or are lacking one altogether. They often consider the needs of IT without input from other parts of the organization. Likewise, they are often operating under the false assumption that a cloud strategy is the same as a cloud implementation plan or a data center strategy. Here are the top 10 mistakes Gartner saw most often while reviewing hundreds of cloud strategy documents.

Thursday, December 08, 2022 / 02:30 PM - 03:15 PM PST
Ask the Expert: Avoiding the Top Mistakes in Your Cloud Strategy

In this session you will have an opportunity to ask a Gartner analyst about the top 10 mistakes Gartner saw most often while reviewing hundreds of cloud strategy documents.

Thursday, December 08, 2022 / 05:00 PM - 05:30 PM PST
The Future of Cloud: Prepare for 2027 — Repeat

By 2027, cloud computing will be pervasive. Learn how the cloud will rapidly evolve through to 2027 and its impact on IT and business leaders. This provocative session will help you rethink and develop your cloud strategies to serve as a foundation for business disruption and innovation, beyond just technology innovation.

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