Gartner Expert

Daryl C. Plummer

Distinguished VP Analyst

Daryl Plummer is VP, Distinguished Analyst & Gartner Fellow. His research focuses on the strategic issues of cloud computing, digital disruption, and the unfolding of the future through predictions, trends and evolving digital business cycles.

Mr. Plummer is a Chief of Research in the Technology & Service Providers Organization, where he helps oversee research across the four roles of General Manager, Product Managers, Product Marketers, and Tech CEOs. In this role, he is responsible for the advancement of research and the promotion of same to solve the critical problems of, and answer the key questions for, tech providers from engineers all the way up to and including the CEO and board of directors.

Daryl is also Chief of Research for Cloud computing and a primary analyst covering multiple strategic Cloud topics. He focuses his research on the broad cloud service market, including market trends, forecasts, the cloud vendor landscape and cloud sourcing scenarios. He tracks different cloud usage cases, including public cloud, private cloud and hybrid cloud scenarios and is the originator of the topic of Distributed Cloud Computing. Covering cloud strategy and evolution requires one to see how end user scenarios are evolving in the context of technology and service provider strategies that are producing cloud innovations at an ever-increasing speed. Mr. Plummer provides a perspective on the key phenomena which will drive the largest segments of change.

Previous experience

Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Plummer was the Division director of the State of Florida's Technology division in the Department of Management Services. He was also data center director of the Technology Resource Center, Florida's central technology organization at the time. His responsibilities included advising the Secretary of the Department of Management Services and the Governor of Florida on technology issues. He and his team were responsible for creating Florida's Internet presence in 1993, the first statewide Intranet. In addition, the Florida division of communications, responsible for the SUNCOM statewide network, worked through Mr. Plummer's division to facilitate statewide communications.

Mr. Plummer had 10 years of state Government experience in Florida, including running the IT Services technology group for the Governor's office. Mr. Plummer was also a board member for the Florida State University school of computer and information sciences. Mr. Plummer has held roles as systems analyst, programmer, architect, and product specialist.

Professional background

Department of Management Services, Florida

Division Director for Information Services & Data Center Director - TRC

Executive Office of the Governor, Florida

Director of IT

Areas of coverage

Cloud Computing

Artificial Intelligence

Go-to-Market Strategy

Emerging Technologies and Trends Impact on Products and Services

Analyst Relations Leadership and Evolution


A.A., University of Florida

B.S., Architectural Engineering Technology, Florida A&M University

M.S., Computer Science, Florida State University

M.S., Math-Computer Education

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Understanding and taking advantage of cloud computing.

2Confronting uncertainty through disruption and future trends.

3Understanding and taking advantage of Digital Business and Digital Transformation

4Explaining the business connection to cloud computing, business models, and emerging phenomena.

5Predicting the Future