Gartner is well respected in the industry by most. Even people who dismiss traditional analyst firms concede (however grudgingly) that Gartner does a good job of describing the technology landscape. In the public cloud world, that credibility has been built, in part, through the respect that most in the industry have for Gartner’s VP and distinguished analyst, Lydia Leong. In a world of quick, knee-jerk reactions, hers is a steady and steely voice.
The problem with Gartner’s work, however, is that most of it is behind a paywall. Not only that, but the Gartner paywall is notoriously expensive. I’m often given a copy of something to read with the specific instructions not to circulate or share. I guess that’s fair enough — Gartner’s entire business rests on its in-depth research so it needs to hold that research tightly.