Analyst Profile

Thomas J. Bittman

Thomas J. Bittman

VP Distinguished Analyst

22 years at Gartner ,  33 years industry experience
Stamford, CT USA

Roles and Responsibilities

Thomas Bittman is a Vice President and Distinguished Analyst with Gartner Research. Mr. Bittman has led the industry in areas such as cloud computing and virtualization. He was an early pioneer for the concept of private cloud computing and invented the term "real-time infrastructure" in 2002 (a precursor to private cloud computing). Mr. Bittman served for three years as a member of Gartner's Senior Research Board. In 2005, he earned Gartner's Analyst of the Year Award. Mr. Bittman has served as Gartner's lead analyst covering IBM and Microsoft, and he is the current lead analyst for Hewlett Packard Enterprise. He is also doing research on agile infrastructures, OS container technologies, IT as a cloud broker, and hybrid cloud computing.

Areas of Coverage

  • Servers & Storage


Previous Experience

Before joining Gartner, Mr. Bittman was a division plan manager and chief software engineer with IBM, where he had development responsibility for four operating systems.

Professional Background

CSC, Associate Member of Technical Staff, 1 year
IBM, Chief Software Engineering Manager and Software Lab Plan Manager, 11 years

Industry Awards/Accolades

Gartner Analyst of the Year, 2005
Gartner Thought Leadership Award, 2004


B.S., Computer Science, with minors in Mathematics and Physics, University of Kansas
Completed postgraduate work in Management and Strategic Planning