Wrap-up: Netscout vs. Gartner re. Magic Quadrant positioning

Gartner Magic Quadrant: Pay to be here!Two Three interesting takes on Netscout suing Gartner for not putting them in the leaders quadrant:

16/9/16 update: 

See also this 2009 post by Jonny Bentwood: Is shooting on the referee productive?

Bottom line:

  • The Gartner methodology is quite solid nowadays, however the firm is still expressing an opinion by the choices it makes on inclusion criteria and weightings for instance.


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2 Responses to Wrap-up: Netscout vs. Gartner re. Magic Quadrant positioning

  1. Duncan Chapple Monday 18th August 2014 at 10:03 #

    “Two interesting takes” and three articles? Oh, that’s dry 😉

    • Ludovic Leforestier Monday 18th August 2014 at 11:04 #


      I contributed to Jonny’s piece on “don’t shoot the referee” and it sums it all pretty much. More interestingly though, is the point that Richard makes: look at what happened to ZL Technologies. It looks like they cosied up with Gartner and things improved?

      Which reminds me of an infamous piece from META Group by Phil Dawson (now at Gartner) saying “Sun is the next Digital, unless…” Sun withdrew their business from META, kicked a fuss, etc, but then came back. I saw the Sun acquisition by Oracle from the inside and it seems to me that the Sun/Digital (the latter having been bought by Compaq who then was purchased by HP) wasn’t too far off…

      Bottom line: shooting the messenger doesn’t help one’s cause.

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