20 years at Gartner
31 years industry experience
Roles and Responsibilities
Neil Rickard is a Vice President in Gartner Research. Mr. Rickard provides Europe, the Middle East and Africa coverage of networking issues, and focuses on WAN technologies, equipment and vendors, as well as data-oriented carrier services. His coverage includes hybrid WANs, SD-WAN, enterprise vCPE, SDN and NFV services, IP VPNs, MPLS, Ethernet WAN services and application-fluent networking, as well as voice data convergence and network sourcing.
Areas of Coverage
- Networking & Communications Equipment
- Networking & Communications Services
Neil Rickard's Recent Gartner Activity
Cloud Adoption Is Driving Hybrid WAN Architectures
Technology Insight for Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN)
Market Guide for WAN Edge Infrastructure
Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Rickard was responsible for business development with service provider customers at Cisco Systems. His previous experience in the networking industry has included technical and marketing roles with StrataCom, Nortel, Timeplex and Marconi, totaling more than 20 years of networking industry experience.
Cisco Systems, Marketing Manager, 1 year
Nortel, Product Marketing Manager, 2 years
StrataCom, Marketing Manager, 4 years
B.S., with honors, Physics, Nottingham University