David Cearley is a Distinguished Vice President Analyst and Gartner Fellow in Gartner Research and is a leading authority on information technology. As a member of Gartner Research, Mr. Cearley analyzes emerging and strategic business and technology trends and explores how these trends shape the way individuals and companies derive value from technology. As a member of the Technology Innovation research group, he focuses on emerging and strategic technology trends, trendspotting, and how enterprises establish technology innovation programs.
Mr. Cearley's expertise spans software architectures and standards, component software models, application design, the internet, business-IT alignment, and the cloud computing market. He has worked with a wide range of end-user and vendor organizations assisting in strategy creation, technology selection, implementation planning and organizational development. Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Cearley held various senior-level research positions at Meta Group. Before that, he was vice president of R&D for Revelation Technologies, served as program director at Gartner Group, and held various managerial/director-level positions at Innovative Software and Informix.
Senior Vice President & Principal Analyst
Vice President, Research & Development
Director, Product Management
CIO Technology and Innovation Leadership
Executive Leadership: Digital Business
Executive Leadership: Innovation and Disruption Management
B.S., Finance and Economics, Rockhurst University
1Strategic Foresight and Trendspotting - Identifying trends that shape the future and doing something about it
2Emerging, Strategic and Disruptive technologies and trends
3Creating a culture and process for innovation
4How to succeed as a CTO or Technology Innovation Leader
5Developing cloud computing strategies