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Alternatives to Gartner (going away in November)

August 26, 2011

For those who don't know, the Gartner Group is the gold standard IT industry analyst firm used by Fortune 500 companies and others to keep track of current opinions on information technology vendors, products and developments. They have great high level reports such as 'hype cycles' and 'magic quadrants' that summarize lots of information.

Unfortunately, our usage did not warrant its continuation. By chance, the Library became aware of the more hands-on IT analyst service called 'Burton Group' used by our campus computing department. Students had access to individual Burton reports through the iSchool Librarian who acted as a gatekeeper.

Then Gartner purchased Burton and integrated all the content under the portal. So once again, Drexel gained access to the combined version of their content. Imagine my surprise when our campus computing department recently decided to drop their Burton subscription. So all Drexel access will cease at some point in November 2011. Until then, enjoy the content you find at Feel free to email me if you are unable to retrieve full text.

Alternatives to Gartner include the following:

Faulkner Advisory for IT Studies - great short, basic background on technology and vendors
IGI InfoSci - wide array of academic books, journals, encyclopedias and case studies
Summon - our multi-disciplinary discovery layer that searches ALL Drexel's online databases

See the Information Systems & Technology research guide for all our IT resources.

Please get in touch if you would like an introduction to any of these additional great resources!

Tim Siftar