It has been a month since I posted the blog called "When censorship goes too far, we cannot say Gar-ner anymore". Since then I have received many email about Gar-ner and how really no one likes them for what they do. I am still waiting on a reply from Gar-ner about the email they sent to me, I have responded back to the email four times but never get a reply. I have sent an email to some C-Level Executives but it seems they never read the email.
Many people who have sent me emails very curiously are lawyers and would love to take Gar-ner up on the email with regards to the use of their name in any media outlets. Let's review the post below and parts of the email sent to me. http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/44252
"Per our Copyright and Quote Policy, available at the link below and at any time from Gartner's home page, other companies may only externally quote, mention, reference or display the Gartner name or Gartner research after first obtaining approval in writing, in advance, from my department. In violation of this restriction, your organization has been using Gartner's name and research as shown in your blog entry at this link".
Just to display the company name you need to get approval, in a email I sent to Gar-ner I asked them how many people they have working in this group, maybe 5,000? If they need to have every person complies with this so called written law then they must have a huge staff. Below is a posting from the last blog which I found interesting,
"The subject line alone indicates their level of arrogance. Furthermore, as someone who spent a good part of his life defending the Constitution of the United States, and loves to study Constitutional Law (nice to understand what you are defending), they are setting themselves up for a hell of a lawsuit should someone decide to peruse it. "
So is it the point that they just send nasty emails and threaten people with action? Is it a bully tactic that they use with everyone? Does anyone every call the bluff and say no, it is a right of free speech to use the company name in news or personal opinion?
What I think is that Gar-ner is in violation of the free speech act when they say you cannot mention, reference or display the name. So where is the Gar-ner response?
In my opinion I will never see a email from them. They are good at being a bully in email and on twitter, just have a arrogance problem when it comes to backing up what they send.
Feel free to read this blog on my Gar-ner post:
Larry Chaffin Ph.D is the Chief Executive Officer/Chairman and founder of Pluto Networks, a Consulting and VAR partner specializing in WAN acceleration, VoIP, WLAN, telepresence and security.
Pluto Networks is a Riverbed reseller. Pluto was previously a Cisco reseller but in June, 2010, ended its reseller relationship with the company and is no longer a Cisco channel partner.
Pluto Networks specializes in the needs of small, large and enterprise companies by always giving them a great ROI on the products they sell. Pluto Networks has a presence in 23 countries around the world enabling all of its consultants to be virtual. Larry was a Judge at Interop for the Best of Interop Awards for 2009.
Larry has also co-authored all of the books listed below:
Managing Cisco Secure Networks, Skype Me, Practical VOIP Security, Configuring Check Point NGX VPN-1/Firewall-1,Configuring Juniper Networks NetScreen & SSG Firewalls,Essential Computer Security: Everyone's Guide to Email, Internet, and Wireless Security, How to Cheat at Microsoft Vista Administration, Microsoft Vista for IT Security Professionals, Asterisk Hacking, 2008 VoIP and Video Conferencing, Infosecurity 2008 Threat Analysis and author of Building a VOIP Network with Nortel's MS5100, along with co-authoring/ghost writing eleven other technology books for VIOP, WLAN, security and optical technologies. Larry is currently working on a follow up to Building a VoIP network with Nortel's MCS 5100 Book as well as new books on Cisco Telepresence Networks, Practical VoIP case studies and WAN Acceleration with Riverbed.
Larry also has more than 29 vendor certifications and has been working on many others. Larry has been a principal architect around the world in 22 countries for many Fortune 100 companies designing VoIP, security, wireless and optical networks. He has expanded over time also to include application acceleration. Larry is working with worldwide company now out of Asia as a Special Assistant to the CEO and CIO as they go through organizational and network changes, helping them with strategic advice from his years of experience.
Pluto Networks is a channel partner of, LifeSize, Riverbed, Call Copy, Fastsoft and Symantec.