Richard Watson

Richard Watson

Vice President

Richard Watson is Research Vice President in Gartner for Technical Professionals (GTP). His research focuses on cloud computing, advising application development teams on cloud application platforms and architecture. Mr. Watson recently rejoined Gartner after an 18-month sabbatical as a product manager for Engine Yard’s cloud platform. He was previously VP of architecture for Credit Suisse investment bank, leading efforts to adopt SOA, reference data architecture and enterprise Java. In his more than 20 years in software development, Mr. Watson has led engineering teams developing mission-critical software for startups, enterprise IT organizations and software vendors, including Cape Clear, IONA Technologies, Nokia and Siemens.

At Engine Yard, Mr. Watson was product manager for its cloud application management platform (PaaS), translating customer requirements into engineering and go-to-market action. At the investment banking division of Credit Suisse, he led initiatives to adopt SOA, reference data architecture and Java platforms. Mr. Watson led architecture review boards, patterns and practices initiatives, and capital expenditure reviews for the CTO architecture group.

Years of Experience:

  • 3 years in total with Gartner
  • 24 years in IT industry
  • 6 years in Banking, Finance and Insurance industry
  • 15 years in Technology & Telecommunications industry

Top 5 Issues I Help Clients Address:

  • Cloud computing – choosing cloud application platforms
  • Understanding how to build great applications in the cloud
  • Application integration and platforms – Java
  • SOA and application architecture
  • SOA implementation and delivery

Roles That Need My Research:

  • Application architect
  • Solution architect
  • Integration architect
  • Lead developer
  • Development manager
  • Enterprise architect
  • Application infrastructure manager

Top Key Initiatives I Cover:

  • Modernizing Application Architecture and Infrastructure
  • Cloud Computing

Common Inquiries I Address:

  • What options are available to me for deploying applications to the cloud?
  • Which PaaS (or aPaaS) providers are most suitable for my requirements?
  • How do I build scalable and highly available applications in the cloud?
  • How do I build a private or internal PaaS?
  • How should I use a PaaS to make my application delivery more agile?
  • How do I migrate applications to the cloud?
  • Which Java servers should I use (Java EE or Lightweight Servlet Engine)?”
Sunday, August 20, 2017 / 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Cloud Provider Bake-Off 2017

The Catalyst Cloud Provider Bake-off will warm up the conference starting on Sunday afternoon. We’ve invite 5 cloud providers to take the stage to show side by side demonstrations of their cloud services of a Gartner-scripted challenge. They will also be tasked with sharing one cool, innovative use case that differentiates their capabilities.

After the solution provider demonstrations, a panel of Gartner Analysts will discuss their personal impressions of the demonstrations and how attendees can use the cloud providers services when developing their cloud provider evaluations.

Monday, August 21, 2017 / 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

TechDemo: Seven Docker and Container Myths We Need to Bust

Docker revolutionizes software delivery. Docker makes you fitter. Docker makes you happier. Docker makes you coffee. There's a lot of claims made for Docker, and mythology has built up around it. For example, Docker is just for Linux, or containers are less secure than VMs. This session will examine seven of these myths, confirming some and busting others, so that you can walk away with answers to:
• How do I overcome objections to using Docker in your enterprise?
• How do I ensure gung-ho developers have done their due diligence on end-to-end governance for containers?

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 / 1:55 PM - 2:40 PM

TechDemo: Choosing and Using Salesforce Sales Cloud PaaS and Integration Technologies

Salesforce supports native and third-party tools for integrating and extending their Sales Cloud product. Choosing between options is challenging, and picking the wrong tool can be costly in terms of project, time and financial resources. Join us to learn:
• What alternatives are available for Salesforce development and integration?
• How do you choose the optimal alternative?
• Does app dev. and integration maturity drive a particular approach?

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 / 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM

TechCase: The Effects of a Cloud-Native Transformation in Delivery Capabilities at Healthcare Service Corp

The past few years have been a time of disruption in the healthcare industry, with new federal mandates and nimble entrants into healthcare payor market. Find out more about how Healthcare services Corp, the parent company of a 5-state Blue Cross Blue Shield organization, has evolved and retooled in 6 months to become digital-first, and maintain their strong leadership in the industry. Efforts which typically would have taken a year's worth of time and resources to create were completed in 5 weeks because of new development methodologies and technology, including Spring, microservices, and Pivotal Cloud Foundry. Discover how developers have become empowered to be more focused, to work intelligently in a lean fashion, and to understand the organizational experiences of co-locating with the business.

Meet the analysts face to face.

Gartner Catalyst Conference 2017
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, 1 Market Pl,San Diego,CA92101
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