Analyst Profile

Joe Skorupa

Joe Skorupa

Distinguished VP Analyst

14 years at Gartner ,  40 years industry experience

Roles and Responsibilities

Joe Skorupa advises technology and service providers on strategic matters such as product plans, go-to-market/positioning, partnerships and M&A. He also advises end users on network architectures, technology acquisition and vendor negotiation. His area of focus is disruptive market forces, whether technology, business model or broader geopolitical, economic or social factors. He leads Gartner's research on SDN/network virtualization, White Box/Brite Box switching, disaggregated NOS, intent-based networking and SD-WAN. Current research focuses on SD-WAN and the transformation of the WAN edge/branch office IT environment and on the impact of web-scale IT practices on the enterprise. He also covers data center network fabrics, networking for HCSI, and WAN optimization. In 2011, he led breakthrough research on the disruptive factors shaping the data center market, earning his second Thought Leadership Award. His follow-on research developed the Protector and Evolutionary/Revolutionary Disruptor model of company behaviors, earning a third Thought Leadership Award.

Areas of Coverage

  • Networking & Communications Equipment


Previous Experience

Mr. Skorupa has more than 40 years of experience in enterprise, service provider and storage networking. He has experience working in global enterprises and in early stage startups, holding a variety of engineering, marketing and analyst roles at companies such as FORE Systems, Bytex, Motorola, Indiana University and RHK.

Professional Background

Bytex, Sr. Director, Product Planning and Management, 4 years
FORE Systems, Sr. Director, Product Marketing and Management, 4 years
RHK, VP Switching and Routing, 3 years

Industry Awards/Accolades

Gartner Thought Leadership Award, 2005
Gartner Thought Leadership Award, 2011
Gartner Thought Leadership Award, 2014


B.A., College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
Member of the IEEE for 30 years. Member of 802.3 committee for more than eight years and chaired the 802.3 Network Management Task Force for four years



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