Gartner Expert

David W. Cearley

Distinguished VP Analyst

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.

Previous experience

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.

Professional background

Meta Group

Senior Vice President & Principal Analyst

Revelation Technologies

Vice President, Research & Development

Informix/Innovative Software

Director, Product Management

Areas of coverage

Technology Innovation

CIO Technology and Innovation Leadership

Executive Leadership: Digital Business

Executive Leadership: Innovation and Disruption Management


B.S., Finance and Economics, Rockhurst University

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

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