Analyst Profile

Richard Watson

Richard Watson

VP Analyst

2 years at Gartner,  30 years industry experience

Location:  Ireland  | Language(s):  English

Roles and Responsibilities

Richard Watson is Vice President, Analyst in Gartner for Technical Professionals (GTP). He advises application and platform teams on cloud-native platforms and architecture. Richard's published research focuses on Kubernetes, cloud adoption and architecture, cloud application migration and platform ops.


Previous Experience

Richard rejoined Gartner in 2021 after working as a Product Manager for VMware's Tanzu Kubernetes Grid team. Prior to that role, he was analyst at Gartner since 2014-2020, product manager with cloud application platform Engine Yard, 2013-2104 and analyst at Gartner and Burton Group (2008-2013). Richard was VP of architecture for Credit Suisse investment bank 2005-2008. With more than 28 years of experience 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.

Professional Background

  • Credit Suisse, Enterprise Architect, 4 years
  • Gartner, VP Analyst, 12 years
  • VMware, Product Manager, 1 year


  • B.A., Computer Science, University of Dublin, Trinity College

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