One of the more recognizable names in the consulting world,
Gartner is a firm whose reputation is built on its capabilities in
technology research and benchmarking. While that research focus
means that the overall firm is not considered a consulting shop,
its consulting arm does leverage that research for clients, using
it to provide actionable insights for firms seeking to improve
their IT-related ROI.
The firm's clients are drawn from a number of sectors,
including: banking, investment services and insurance; education;
energy and utilities; government and public sector; healthcare
provides; and high tech and telecom providers. The firm's services
include: IT Cost Optimization; Identity and Access Management; IT
Risk Management; IT Outsourcing; and Benchmarking.
According to Gartner's site, the firm serves 80 percent of the
Fortune 500, and completes over 1,500 initiatives and 5,500 IT cost
and performance benchmarks each year. Additionally, the average
Gartner consultant has around 15 years of experience--with the firm
having almost 1,500 consultants on its books in 2013, according to
its annual report from that year.