Never ceases to amaze me..
..how much sway people allow analysts to have, when the majority of them simply give opinion based on talking to the vendor and not actually playing with the product.
As an ex-product internal I have seen with my own eyes the way marketing and product executives cosy up with, wine, dine and generally fawn all over analysts within their sector in a scary sycophantic manner just to garner that little bit of MQ kudos.
I have more sympathy with companies like Forrester who actually test the product and provide real world metrics as opposed to the likes of Gartner.
One day I will start an analyst firm myself, but it will report on the analysts themselves and provide in-depth analysis of their past predictions when directly compared to today's reality.. Have a look back and see what Gartner said about the Network Computer for evidence.. For every one thing they get right I wager there will be nine other inaccuracies.. A simple random number generator would provide a more accurate forecasting model.