Gartner, Inc, officially known as Gartner, is a global research and advisory firm providing information, advice, and tools for leaders in IT, finance, HR, customer service and support, communications, legal and compliance, marketing, sales, and supply chain functions.[3] It is a member of the S&P 500.[4] Its headquarters are in Stamford, Connecticut, United States. The firm changed its name from Gartner Group, Inc to Gartner in 2000.[5]

Gartner, Inc.
Public company
Traded as
IndustryResearch & Advisory Services
Founded1979 (1979) by Gideon Gartner in Stamford, Connecticut
FounderGideon Gartner 
Key people
  • Gene Hall (CEO)
  • Craig Safian (CFO)
  • Mike Diliberto (CIO)
RevenueUS$4.1 billion (2018)[2]
US$(4.3) billion (2017)[2]
US$3.3 billion (2017)[2]
Total assetsUS$7.3 billion (2017)[2]
Total equityUS$983 million (2017)[2]
Number of employees
15,173 (2018)

Research provided by Gartner has historically targeted CIOs, senior IT, marketing, and supply chain managers. The acquisition of CEB, Inc. has expanded its range and breadth of offerings to support every business function in every industry and enterprise size.[6][3] Gartner clients include large corporations, government agencies, technology companies and the investment community. Its client base consists of over 15,000 organizations in over 100 countries.[3] The company's products and services include Research, Executive Programs, Consulting and Conferences. Founded in 1979, Gartner has over 15,000 employees located in 100+ offices around the world.[7]

Gartner uses Hype Cycles and Magic Quadrants for visualization of its market analysis results.


The company was founded in 1979 by Gideon Gartner. Originally a private company, the Gartner Group was launched publicly the first time in the 1980s, then acquired by Saatchi & Saatchi, a London-based advertising agency, and then acquired in 1990 by some of its executives, with funding from Bain Capital and Dun & Bradstreet.[8] The company went public again in 1993.[9] In 2000 the name was simplified to Gartner.[10]

Gene Hall has been the CEO of the company since August 2004.

In the course of its growth, Gartner has acquired numerous companies providing related services, including Real Decisions—which became Gartner Measurement, now part of Gartner's consulting division—and Gartner Dataquest, a market research firm. It has also acquired a number of direct competitors, including NewScience in the late 1990s, Meta Group in 2005, AMR Research and Burton Group in early 2010, and Ideas International in 2012.

In March 2014 Gartner announced that it had acquired the privately held company Software Advice for an undisclosed amount.[11]

In July 2015, Gartner acquired Nubera, the business app discovery network that owns properties like GetApp (a peer review site), AppStorm, AppAppeal or CloudWork. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.[12] In September 2015 it acquired the privately held peer review site (PRS)[13] Capterra.[14]

In June 2016 Gartner announced that it had acquired the privately held company SCM World, headquartered in London, U.K.[15]

On January 5, 2017 Gartner announced it had reached an agreement to acquire CEB, Inc. in a cash and stock deal worth about US$2.6 billion.[16][17][18]

On March 7, 2017 Gartner announced that it has agreed to buy[19] New York-based L2 Inc, which specialises in benchmarking the digital performance of brands. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.[20]

See also


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