Gartner CEO: Think Big, Bet Small
Interview: Gartner CEO Michael Fleisher says to weather tough times, companies need to place small and thoughtful bets.Michael Fleisher is Chairman and CEO of Gartner, Inc., the worldwide technology research company that boasts a 10,000-company clientele. Gartner is advising its clients to focus on their strengths during the current difficult economic environment and to invest prudently where opportunities are present. Like its clients, Gartner has been under pressure and its business is off compared with past years. For example, attendance at this weeks annual Symposium and IT Expo in Orlando, Fla., is 6,000up from 5,000 last year but down from 7,500 two years ago. Fleisher joined Gartner in 1993 after working as an associate at Bain Capital. He later ran Gartner events, served as CFO and became CEO in 1999.
Fleisher discussed Gartners recommendations and its business practices with eWEEK Executive Editor Stan Gibson at the Symposium.