Why No One Seems to Care that Gartner Follows No Research Rules

Executive Summary

  • Gartner and the other major IT analysts follow no research rules.
  • However, very few people appear to care, and we look at why this is the case.


In our article library on Gartner covers in great detail how the company ignores all known research rules. However, what is curious is that so much of Gartner’s lack of adherence to research rules and it’s undeniable corruption is known by many, but so few people seem to care.

See our references for this article and related articles at this link.

Lack of Interest in Shared Articles on a Lack of Standards in Private Research

I shared the article How Common is Research & IP Theft in IT?, on LinkedIn on August 30th of 2020.

The lack of interest in this article share was instructive.

After three days, it now seems likely to only break around 2000 views and six likes. This is one of my least popular shares ever on LinkedIn.

Lack of Concern for Gartner’s Lack of Research Standards

If we look at people who will throw around Gartner MQs but have no idea that Gartner follows no research rules — or uses references, or does not disclose income sources — we should not be surprised that most of my contacts also don’t care about widespread research IP theft.

How can research be published that lacks references and be accepted?

The idea that private research is highly corrupted is apparently an incredibly boring topic. I wonder how much interest in my previous articles on Gartner have just been from vendors — who don’t care about research either but have felt disempowered because they have not had enough money to buy off Gartner. This is because I have never once had an employee of a large vendor complain about Gartner.


Roughly speaking, very few people care that Gartner or Forrester or IDC follow no research rules. If we look at those that have an opinion of Gartner and other analysts, we can break it down as follows.

  1. Employees of Gartner, etc..: Make their income from Gartner and company, and so do not let the truth get out. Benefit from their prestigious jobs.
  2. Consulting Firms: Mostly aligned with the largest vendors, so support Gartner and company.
  3. Large Vendors: Can afford to buy the most influence with Gartner, so appreciate their high rankings.
  4. Small Vendors: Suffer in the rankings, so do not like Gartner, but cannot speak out publicly due to a fear of Gartner and company.
  5. Buyers: Most corporate buyers of research don’t know anything about research. And the vast majority don’t care if the research is accurate as they want approval to make safe purchases.

This means that there are extremely few individuals who care about the lack of research quality in enterprise software, and far fewer can say anything about it.