Re: or Gartner consulting
Exactly, Rob. I edited plenty of those reviews, and let's be clear, the model was a good one that the vendors whining about paying Gartner didn't support with their advertising dollars or, often, by taking part. I often hear IT pros on both sides of the vendor/buyer aisle wax nostalgic for the days when publications like NWC could support labs that produced unbiased reviews by experienced technology journalists, not paid analysts.
At this point, if vendors feel they are under the thumb of analyst firms, they ought to look in the mirror before affixing blame.