After Nines Inc. -- providing timeless IT guidance from 9:01 daily -- has been named to Gartner's latest Magic Quadrant: "Companies Without Shipping Products But Building Something Cool in the the Shed."
Apparently, the research firm was impressed with our ability to attract thousands of IT entrepreneur eyeballs with our simple request, "Please stop by daily each business day at 9:01 a.m. ET to read our blog. And stop by again sometime Nov. 4 to learn about our next move."
Kidding aside, we're not in a Gartner Magic Quadrant. Please file this blog entry under "satire."
Still, we're rather amazed by all the Magic Quadrant categories that have emerged (anybody keeping count)? Some pundits have expressed concern that the Magic Quadrant has too much influence over CIO decisions -- especially when businesses follow a herd mentality instead of branching off and innovating on their own.
My view? I see value in Gartner Magic Quadrant reports. They give me a snapshot picture of a market, the trends and the players. But I don't consider the reports to be the "definitive" gospel on a market. Instead, I speak to the players, draw my own conclusions, and maybe even pray I make the right IT buy.
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