Gartner Tech and Service Providers Expert

Aapo Markkanen

Sr Director Analyst

Aapo Markkanen is an analyst at Gartner's Tech Product Manager team within the Technology and Service Providers research unit. His research deals with product management across various technology domains, with a special focus on the Internet of Things and edge computing. He also spearheads Gartner's research on the software tools that are used to enhance and optimize product management processes. Mr. Markkanen joined Gartner through its acquisition of Machina Research in 2016.

Previous experience

Prior to Gartner (Machina Research), Mr. Markkanen worked as a Principal Analyst at ABI Research, where he led a range of research activities related to the IoT, M2M and big data. In this position, he explored areas such as data analytics, product life cycle and IoT platforms.

Previously, Mr. Markkanen worked as a Research Analyst at IHS, where he was responsible for providing market intelligence and strategic analysis on the European telecom sector and its leading players.

He has also served as an independent expert for the European Commission, evaluating funding proposals submitted under the EC's Horizon 2020 framework for research and innovation.

Professional background

Machina Research

Principal Analyst

ABI Research

Principal Analyst


Research Analyst

Areas of coverage

Product Strategy and Launch for Tech CEOs

Product Leadership

Product Planning

Product Development

Product Portfolio Vision and Strategy


M.Sc., Management and Organization, University of Tampere

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1The future and evolution of edge computing

2The role of edge computing in IoT

3Product managers' best practices for adopting and using product management tools

4Product management tools as a competitive landscape for vendors

5Validation of product ideas and product initiatives