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Gideon Gartner and Gartner Group Records

Gideon & Sarah Gartner at CBI Sarah and Gideon Gartner during their September 2014 visit to CBI. Photo courtesy of Arvid Nelsen.

In the summer of 2014, the Charles Babbage Institute received a significant donation from Gideon and Sarah Gartner. Following on a donation of Gartner reports in 2010, the 2014 gift documents the career and contributions of Gideon Gartner, a truly influential figure in information technology and investment. In 1979 Gideon established the Gartner Group, an information technology consulting and advisory group that sold services to vendors of hardware, software and services, to enterprise and organizational IT users, as well as to investors and consulting firms. Gideon brought expertise in both computing – from his professional beginnings at IBM, Philco Corporation’s Computer Division, and System Development Corporation – and finance, having been a partner at Oppenheimer & Co, where he was recognized as a top technology analyst on Wall Street. Among his many accomplishments, Gideon is recognized for developing a research process, documented in the “Research Notebook” (included in the materials now at CBI) and that was used to create the concise research reports that were deeply valued by the IT industry, investors, and users. Gideon also created the technology advisory consulting company GiGa in 1995 and the financial services/broker-dealer firm Gartner Securities Corp. in 1984, which became SoundView Technologies Group in 1988. The collection that now resides at CBI documents all of these innovative and respected organizations.  See Gartner Group Records (CBI 228) at <purl.umn.edu/202668>: 57 linear feet.

R. Arvid Nelsen


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