Cognitive Dissonance: Gartner and Open Source - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Software // Information Management
Commentary
7/3/2007
01:16 PM
Seth Grimes
Seth Grimes
Commentary
Connect Directly
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Cognitive Dissonance: Gartner and Open Source

Gartner has announced an Open Source Summit for this coming fall. The summit will bring together, on the one hand, an analyst firm known for authoritative pronouncements on all things IT, and on the other, a disruptive model for software development that is, at its core, anti-authoritarian. How will the Gartner summit bridge two conflicting world views?

Gartner has announced an Open Source Summit for this coming fall. The summit will bring together, on the one hand, an analyst firm known for authoritative pronouncements on all things IT, and on the other, a disruptive model for software development that is, at its core, anti-authoritarian. The term that comes to mind is cognitive dissonance. How will the Gartner summit bridge two conflicting world views?Open source typically ignores the established hierarchies that Gartner caters to. Those traditional corporate structures are deemed irrelevant to collaborative, community focused development. As for Gartner, their summit is designed to educate enterprise clients about a set of technologies and a model that have notoriously been introduced without executive sanction or even awareness. The common ground is dually open source business's well understood need to win over the corporate crowd that pays the Gartner's bills and also Gartner's need to stay on top of an extremely important industry trend.

True to form, all summit presenters are Gartner analysts. Outside participation is limited to a couple of keynotes. Gartner is sticking with their usual all-knowing, ex cathedra approach. Absent is the community spirit that lends open source its power and vibrancy.

Does Gartner get open source? While I'm sure that individual Gartner analysts do, I wonder that an open-source event without meaningful practitioner and community participation can adequately suggest real-world implementation strategies.

Just about every enterprise now uses open-source somewhere and just about every significant enterprise hardware or software vendor, even Microsoft, now works with open source developer and user communities. It seems to me that in the case of open source, judging by Gartner's summit plans, it's the would-be educators who most need educating in what open source is really about.

Seth Grimes is a principal of Alta Plana, a Washington, D.C.-based consultancy specializing in IT and analytics strategy. Write him at [email protected] has announced an Open Source Summit for this coming fall. The summit will bring together, on the one hand, an analyst firm known for authoritative pronouncements on all things IT, and on the other, a disruptive model for software development that is, at its core, anti-authoritarian. How will the Gartner summit bridge two conflicting world views?

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
News
How to Create a Successful AI Program
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  10/14/2020
News
Think Like a Chief Innovation Officer and Get Work Done
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  10/13/2020
Slideshows
10 Trends Accelerating Edge Computing
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  10/8/2020
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
[Special Report] Edge Computing: An IT Platform for the New Enterprise
Edge computing is poised to make a major splash within the next generation of corporate IT architectures. Here's what you need to know!
Slideshows
Flash Poll