NewsForge: IT analysts' credibility gapJun 15, 2001, 12:57 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Bryar)
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The pundits turn on the analysts in this column, a post-mortem on the large gap in figures presented by Gartner, which claimed Linux holds 8.6 percent of the server maket, and IDC, which claims 27 percent. Mr. Bryar is fair to IDC's analyst but cautions that there are factors at work in the analyst business that have less to do with getting the best numbers and more to do with marketing the results:
"As early as 1999, Kusnetzky admitted Linux was "a market that has been really difficult for us to get our arms around." He told CNN, "We have no real way to track the number of copies of Linux that are installed." Coming from an analyst who has generated some fairly precise numbers and percentages, that should be a concern. Kusnetzky has said himself that all "we can keep track of is the money generated by commercial shipments." These are precisely the numbers that Hewitt claims to be following.
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