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About Dana

Since 1999 Dana Gardner has emerged as a leading identifier of software productivity trends and new IT business value opportunities and is frequently quoted as a thought leader in top, news and IT industry publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Washington Post, Business Week, San Francisco, Reuters, Associated Press, MSNBC.com, CNN.com and more.

Gardner is well known as a creative thought leader on enterprise software solutions, strategies, partnerships, and markets. As a skilled multi-media communicator and evangelist, he has written dozens of industry reports on the business benefits of IT and Internet innovation for advancing general productivity, improving employee efficiency, and reducing total IT costs.

Gardner tracks and analyzes a critical set of enterprise software technologies and business transformation issues: Cloud computing, data center modernization, software-defined data centers, virtualization, big data analysis platforms, business intelligence, application development tools and application delivery optimization techniques, as well as mobile and virtual desktop strategies. His specific interests include enterprise architecture, IT as a service, open source strategies, social media, and mobile-first DevOps initiatives.

As founder and president of Interarbor Solutions, Gardner has taken a strong record in consulting services for IT vendors, carriers, and enterprises to yet another level: The exciting new communications capabilities around Internet social media. Businesses of all kinds are quickly exploiting blogs, podcasts and video-podcasts for education, communications and viral outreach. Gardner practices what he preaches, as a frequent blogger on ZDNet and his personal blog, as well as a podcaster. He began podcasting as a founding member of the Gillmor Gang in 2005.

Briefings Direct

Through Interarbor Solutions and the BriefingsDirectTM series of Internet content vehicles, Gardner pioneered a novel mashup of analyst skills with social media publishing. BriefingsDirectTM sponsored podcasts combine the value of leading industry analysts’ perspective and objective credibility with a natural language ease in understanding complex IT subjects. This equivalent of a deep-dive analyst briefing made available as a widely available podcast or text to all interested viewers breaks the mold of exclusive knowledge, takes the best of what IT product innovators know, and delivers it all with balance and objectivity within a 30-minute lively discussion.

In a Past Life

Gardner is a former senior analyst in the Application Infrastructure & Software Platforms Decision Service at Yankee Group Research Inc., where he advised clients on enterprise software technologies, software trends and developments, and application development and deployment strategies. Before joining Yankee Group in 2003, Gardner was an industry analyst covering enterprise software at Aberdeen Group, beginning in 1999. A reporter and editor in the general press from 1980 through 1988, Gardner is a former editor-at-large and founding online news editor at InfoWorld. He is also a former news editor at the global IDG News Service, and at Digital News & Review and Design News magazines.

Awards & Accolades

Gardner was designated a “Top Industry Influencer” for IT industry analysts by Technology Marketing magazine in both 2001 and 2002. He helped earn a “Best Trade Tabloid” Maggie Award from Western Publications Association (WPA) in 1998, and was a “Top Computer Journalist” for electronic publications, awarded by Marketing Computers in 1996. More recently, he has been designated a top Twitterer for cloud, with more than 9,500 followers and a Klout score of 63.