Gartner, Inc. is an information technology research and advisory company. It offers independent and objective research and analysis on the information technology, computer hardware, software, communications and related technology industries. The company operates through three reportable business segments: Research, Consulting and Events. The Research segment provides insight for CIOs, IT professionals, technology companies and the investment community through reports and briefings, access to its analysts, as well as peer networking services and membership programs designed specifically for CIOs and other senior executives. The Consulting segment provides customized solutions to client needs through on-site, day-to-day support, as well as proprietary tools for measuring and improving IT performance. The Events segment provide IT, supply chain and business professionals the opportunity to attend various symposia, conferences and exhibitions to learn, contribute and network with their peers. The company was founded in 1979 by Gideon I. Gartner and Dave L. R. Stein and is headquartered in Stamford, CT.