Analyst Profile

Philip Dawson

Philip Dawson

Research VP

17 years at Gartner ,  29 years industry experience
Reading United Kingdom

Roles and Responsibilities

Philip Dawson is a Vice President in Gartner Research and Agenda Manager. He specializes in data center modernization, cloud, ERP and server platforms. Mr. Dawson is a leading authority on Linux, Unix and Windows server infrastructure strategies. He focuses on virtualization, portfolio consolidation, ERP migration and rationalization processes as key components of his coverage and enabling cloud delivery. He has been at Gartner for 17 years and has more than 30 years of experience in the IT industry.

Areas of Coverage

  • Open Source
  • Servers & Storage


Previous Experience

Prior to joining Gartner through the Meta Group acquisition, Mr. Dawson was competitive market research manager for Sequent Computer Systems, Europe. In this role, he worked within product marketing, helping develop UNIX/NT Integration Strategies and the introduction of Intel IA-32/IA-64 NUMA platforms. Before this, he worked at Santa Cruz Operation as product marketing manager for all layered products.

Professional Background

Meta Group, Vice President, 5 years
Santa Cruz Operation, Product Marketing Manager, 3 years
Sequent Computer Systems, Competitive Market Research Manager, 5 years


B.A. (honors), Computing in Business, Huddersfield Polytechnic
Diploma, Computer Studies