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A Statistical Look Back at Gartner Cool Vendors, 2004 to 2012

Published: 22 May 2012

ID: G00234679

Analyst(s): Michele Cantara, Daryl Plummer


Cool Vendors have a successful history. We examine some statistical realities about what it means to be a Cool Vendor.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts


  • Background and Statistical Analysis
  • Comparing Cool Vendors to the General Population of IT Vendors
  • Gartner Cool Vendors help end-user organizations filter out hype and home in on worthwhile innovations
  • Gartner Cool Vendors point out those vendors that are inflection points in market evolution, and help investors identify promising investment scenarios and candidates for mergers and acquisitions
  • Gartner Cool Vendors help larger, not-as-cool vendors find innovative alliance partners and fruitful targets for mergers or acquisitions
  • Gartner Cool Vendors have staying power, making them attractive to investors, end users and vendors contemplating acquisitions

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