Gartner Expert

Anne Thomas

Distinguished VP Analyst

Anne Thomas is a VP and Distinguished Analyst in the Enterprise Software team in the Gartner for IT Leaders research group. Ms. Thomas covers Application Architecture and Infrastructure. Her current major topics include microservices, APIs, application platforms, open source strategies, and digital modernization.

Previous experience

Ms. Thomas is a 41-year veteran in the IT industry. She developed her expertise working at a number of world's leading hardware and software companies, including Systinet (now Micro Focus), Sun (now Oracle), Open Environment Corp. (now Micro Focus), Digital Equipment Corp. (now HPE), Cullinet (now Broadcom) and IBM. She developed product strategies, developed distributed computing standards, evangelized emerging technologies, conducted training and supported clients.

Professional background


Chief Technology Officer

Sun Microsystems

Director of Market Innovation

Patricia Seybold Group

Editor in Chief

Areas of coverage

Applications and Software Engineering Leaders

Software Engineering Technologies

Software Engineering Practices


B.A., Economics, Wellesley College

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Modernizing application architecture to improve agility, scalability, and resiliency

2Adopting SOA, APIs, microservices, event processing, and cloud native architecture

3Building a mediation layer to enhance and protect APIs

4Determining which application infrastructure technology best fits project needs

5Comparing cloud platforms, container management, and on-premises application infrastructure