Blogger: Lyn Robison
Burton Group CEO Jamie Lewis called together the BG Research Directors and Service Directors for a series of meetings this week at HQ in Salt Lake City. As the first meeting began on Monday, Jamie stepped to the front of the room to present a set of slides, which was not unusual. But then, one of the first slides he showed had a big Gartner logo right in the middle. Jamie then said, as near as I can recall, “Burton Group has been purchased by Gartner.”
I was so shocked that I almost could not process what I was seeing and hearing. After the initial surprise and after hearing the rationale behind this acquisition, I began to see the potential of this combination. Burton Group’s depth with Gartner’s wide distribution should be a great combination.
At that Monday meeting, the Burton Group Research Directors and Service Directors asked lots of pointed questions of the Gartner leadership, which included Gartner CEO Gene Hall and Gartner SVP of Research Peter Sondegaard. Our questions centered on how this acquisition by Gartner would affect Burton Group analysts’ ability to give our Burton Group clients the fiercely independent and technically thorough guidance to which they have become accustomed. I’ve got to say, I liked what I heard from the Gartner executive leadership at that meeting. Gartner bought Burton Group because they like the guidance that we provide, and they want us to continue to provide that guidance to our clients and to a whole bunch of additional clients in the future.