Analyst Profile

Michael Disabato

Michael Disabato

VP Analyst

19 years at Gartner ,  47 years industry experience

Roles and Responsibilities

Michael Disabato is a Research Vice President in Gartner for Technical Professionals Research. Mr. Disabato covers Office 365, mobile strategies, governance and policies. He has written extensively on bring your own device (BYOD) and enterprise mobility management (EMM) systems, unified workspaces and personal ecosystems. Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Disabato was a Senior Manager in network engineering for WorldCom Conferencing and held duties at McDonald's as an Enterprise Architect for security, Network Manager, and Manager of the applied technology lab. With over 35 years of experience in consulting, application development, networking, security, mobility and technology assessment, Mr. Disabato was named one of the 10 visionaries in 1993 by Communications Week Magazine and one of the 50 Most Influential People in the Networking Industry by Network Computing Magazine.

Areas of Coverage

  • Mobile & Wireless
  • Networking & Communications Services


Previous Experience

Previously, as Enterprise Security Architect (June 1995 through November 1998), Mr. Disabato developed an architecture allowing support of Internet/intranet/extranet activities. The first step was defining an information classification scheme, establishing levels of security and mandating use of digital certificates to protect corporate information assets. Working with Marketing and Legal, he created a team to investigate commercial uses of the Internet and application of intranet/extranet technologies to corporate business needs. The result of this research established McDonald's presence on AOL, MSN and the Internet. Projected savings from implementation of intranet/extranet systems exceeded $2 million annually. Over the course of the project, the corporate website was outsourced, during which Mr. Disabato prepared the RFP, analyzed responses, selected the finalist and managed the migration to the new servers. Adopting the ITIL principles was the most challenging project attempted at McDonald's. ITIL required a huge cultural shift, and a formal process was established for technology and business research. Outputs included reports and presentations concerning applications of emerging technologies, competitor analysis, and future trend analysis. Forecasts and analyses of business operations and emerging technologies were used to determine appropriate time of technology insertion. Emphasis was placed on business value of technology and its application in support of the strategic template. Information presented impacted the technology decision process. Prior to his work as an enterprise architect, Mr. Disabato was manager of Network Management Systems (February 1990 through June 1995). His team developed a network management architecture designed to facilitate operations and maintenance of the voice, data and video networks.

Professional Background

Burton Group, Vice President and Service Director, 9 years
McDonald's Corp., Technologist/Enterprise Security Architect, 10 years
WorldCom Conferencing, Senior Manager, Network Engineering, 2 years

Industry Awards/Accolades

50 Most Influential People in Networking Industry by Network Computing Magazine
Top 10 Visionaries in 1993 by Communications Week Magazine


Master of Science, Information Systems



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