It looks like Gartner is looking to broaden their executive strategic services down the chain to more practical-tactical management best practices for HR, sales, finance and legal/compliance. Gartner is paying $2.6 billion for CEB Inc. CEB Inc. describes itself as, “a best practice insight and technology company. We have a unique view into what matters—and what works—when driving corporate performance. With more than 30 years of experience working with top companies to share, analyze, and apply proven practices, we deliver innovative solutions that help you unlock your full potential.” Some might be surprised at the price tag, but CEB Inc. expects roughly $950M in 2017 revenue, which makes this a 2.7x multiple acquisition price, pretty much what you should pay for a public services company. Back at LTNY 2008, Barry Murphy and myself sat at the Hilton Lobby Lounge and were inspired to start eDJ Group by the service gaps we saw in Gartner and Forrester. Right idea, we were just too far ahead of the market. Sad story of my life with start ups.