Reshaping the Future: Gartner 2017 Cool Vendors


Daryl Plummer
Daryl Plummer

Digital transformation is reshaping the way we do business across every industry in every region. So which providers are reshaping digital? Each year Gartner looks out at the cutting edge of IT to the providers who are changing the digital paradigm. We look now at the 2017 honorees of Gartner’s annual Cool Vendors. Chief Gartner Fellow Daryl Plummer is the lead author of the latest special report:

“Cool Vendors are typically companies that are lesser well-known. They’re not going to be too old, because that could suggest they’ve maybe had too many rounds of funding, had maybe even a public offering. So we try to keep them newer companies that are lesser well-known. Typically they have to be under $100 million in U.S. revenue. They have to be compelling and offer something interesting to the market, that either shifts or disrupts the market or brings a solution to the market that’s really necessary.”

So who are the Cool Vendors on the block this year? Daryl Plummer gives us the inside story on how they were selected and why you need to be aware of them now.


Daryl Plummer is a managing vice president, chief of Research and chief Gartner Fellow. He is chief of research for cloud computing and a primary analyst covering multiple cloud topics, business process management, SOA and Web technologies. Mr. Plummer manages the Gartner Fellows Program, which is designed to allow senior analysts the opportunity to explore new research ideas and to elevate the Gartner culture and brand with clients. He is also chief of Research for emerging trends and interacts with clients on topics ranging from application development to enterprise architecture.¬†With Gartner for 15 years, Mr. Plummer has more than 30 years of experience in the IT industry. Prior to joining Gartner, he was division director and technology coordinator for the State of Florida’s Department of Management Services. Mr. Plummer was also data center director of the Technology Resource Center, at the time one of the largest data centers in Florida.