Analyst Profile
David A. Willis
David A. Willis
VP Distinguished Analyst
Plano, TX USA
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Years of Experience
15 years at Gartner
30 years IT industry
Areas of Coverage
Networking & Communications Equipment
Networking & Communications Services

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Roles and Responsibilities
David Willis is a VP and Distinguished Analyst in Gartner Research. He is Chief of Research for Mobility and Communications and runs Gartner's Senior Research Board. Mr. Willis sets the direction and framework for worldwide integrative research across all aspects of mobile computing, mobile devices, networking, and telecommunications equipment and services. He has expertise in the management of mobile computing for large enterprises, including technology selection and policies. He is responsible for research and advisory services in communications planning, metrics, infrastructure and sourcing strategies. He is an advisor in the planning of IP networks for some of the largest enterprise customers in the world, including those in the financial services, government, pharmaceutical, medical, retail and IT outsourcing sectors. As head of Gartner's Senior Research Board, he is responsible for Gartner's major research themes promoted throughout the year, as well as position management and conflict resolution.
Previous Experience
Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Willis was networking research practice lead at the Meta Group. Prior to Meta, he served as managing editor for Network Computing Magazine. Mr. Willis was previously responsible for system integration at the American Red Cross, serving as chief technology advisor to the CIO and leading the organization's technology standardization and transformation efforts.
Professional Background
Meta Group, Vice President and Research Practice Lead, 5 years
Network Computing Magazine, Managing Editor, Technology, 3 years
American Red Cross, Director, Technology Integration, 11 year
Industry Awards/Accolades
Special Recognition, American Society of Business Press Editors, for Columns in Network Computing Magazine
B.S., Computer Science, George Mason University
Postgraduate work in Engineering

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Gartner's Hype Cycle Special Report for 2014 06-Aug-2014 Betsy Burton, David A. Willis
The Gartner Scenario for Communications Service Providers 27-Jun-2014 Frank Fabricius, David A. Willis, Daniel O'Connell, Norbert J. Scholz, Jouni Forsman, Gyanee Dewnarain
Get Ready for Digital Business With the Digital Business Development Path 23-Jun-2014 Jorge Lopez, Patrick Meehan, Stephen Prentice, Mark Raskino, Chris Howard, David A. Willis
Bring Your Own Device: The Results and the Future 05-May-2014 David A. Willis
Lead in the Digital Industrial Economy Using Insights From Symposium's Analyst Keynote 30-Dec-2013 David A. Willis, Peter Sondergaard, Nick Jones, Hung LeHong, Dave Aron, Jim Tully, Mark Raskino