Author Profile

Arun Chandrasekaran

Arun Chandrasekaran

Distinguished VP Analyst

11 years at Gartner,  24 years' experience

Location:  TX USA  |  Language(s):  English, Indian - Hindi, Indian - Tamil

Roles and Responsibilities

Arun Chandrasekaran is a Distinguished Vice President, Analyst at Gartner, where his research focus is emerging technologies and trends, with an emphasis on artificial intelligence and cloud computing. Arun is a trusted advisor to executive and IT leaders, which includes the board of directors, CEOs, CIOs, CTOs, and their direct reports. He has advised thousands of CIOs, CTOs, and conducted hundreds of workshops for several Global 2000 organizations on AI, Cloud, and Innovation. In addition, he covers the start-up ecosystem closely, advising venture capitalists and tech CEOs. He is part of the core team that analyzes emerging technology trends and creates the annual Gartner top strategic technology trends research. He also leads the Gartner hype cycle for emerging technologies. His research focus areas include emerging trends in AI, including Generative AI and AI foundation models, Public Cloud, and Cloud-native architectures.


Previous Experience

Before joining Gartner, Mr. Chandrasekaran headed research on cloud computing, data center equipment and services for Frost & Sullivan, in a practice offering consulting and research services to the leading vendors, service providers and end users in the Asia/Pacific region.

Professional Background

  • Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), Senior Network Engineer, 2 years
  • Frost & Sullivan, Research Director - Cloud Computing and Data Center Practice, 6 years
  • SSI Technologies, Member of Technical Staff, 5 years


  • B.E., Electronics and Communication Engineering, University of Madras, India
  • Certificate Program in Professional Communications, UC Berkeley
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program, Stanford University
  • M.B.A., Strategic Management, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Industry Awards/Accolades

  • Gartner Inquiry Excellence Award, 2016
  • Gartner Inquiry Excellence Award, 2017