Author Profile

Franz Hinner

Franz Hinner

Sr Director Analyst

1 year at Gartner,  30 years' experience

Location:  TX USA  |  Language(s):  English, German

Roles and Responsibilities

Franz S. Hinner is a Sr. Director Analyst in the Endpoint Security team specializing in cybersecurity, endpoint protection platforms (EPP), endpoint detection & response (EDR), extended detection & response (XDR), next-generation endpoint & email security. Franz has a proven track record of creating industry-leading & revolutionizing product solutions. Mr. Hinner has 20+ years of visionary, results-oriented leadership experience in security, cybersecurity, endpoint protection, endpoint management, system management & identity management. Franz's focus over the last 15+ years was building genuine Software as a Service Cloud solutions that significantly changes how customers use software infrastructure & provide the financial structures for fiscal success.


Previous Experience

Before joining Gartner, he envisioned Trend Micro's technology stack & drove the strategic vision for a pure multi-tenant cloud endpoint & email solution. Previous to Trend Micro, Mr. Hinner created the identity & authentication strategy at Gemalto, now Thales, that led to the acquisition of SafeGuard. Ahead of Gemalto, Franz established a cloud strategy, Borland's application lifecycle business & testing solutions to the cloud. These SaaS solutions achieved the goal to make Borland profitable & led to the acquisition of Borland by Micro Focus, during which he became a certified Scrum Master & Agile Coach while living the day-to-day DevOps experience. Before Borland, Franz had several leadership positions in Product Management at Vignette, Tivoli Systems & IBM. Before moving to the US with Tivoli, Franz worked for Tivoli System as the EMEA chief architect & as the Director of the Center of Competence at IBM in London. Franz is a published author with Markt & Technik, having written extensively about network protocols & local area networks. In addition, Franz has worked on 8 IBM Redbooks, spanning from topics like LDAP, X.500 to local area network (LAN) solutions & remote access solution sets.

Professional Background

  • Borland, Senior Director Product Advocacy & Management, 2 years
  • Gemalto now Thales, Senior Director Product Management & Marketing - Security Solutions, 1 year
  • Trend Micro, Dir. Product Experience Multi-Tenant & xSP/MSP/MSSP & Chief Strategist SaaS, 12 years

Industry Awards/Accolades

  • 12+ years experience creating & managing security SaaS products
  • 12+ years in technical solution & architecture consulting
  • 20+ years experience in building SaaS infrastructure, products & platforms