Gartner Expert

Bill Ray

VP Analyst

Bill Ray provides written research and inquiry covering autonomous things and wireless connectivity. He covers applications of robots and drones, and connectivity extending from low-power networks to orbital satellite constellations, primarily for Product Managers and Tech CEOs.

Previous experience

Mr. Ray has extensive experience in developing wireless products and services, which was accumulated at international telecommunications companies including Telefonica, Swiss Telecom and Cable & Wireless. His experience extends into securing communications and systems, having developed cryptographic software and created secure applications for execution on SIM cards and other embedded platforms. Before joining Gartner, he worked with telecommunication companies around the world, advising and training staff on the impact of the IoT and how to prepare for it. He has also authored two books on embedded application development, focused on working with wireless protocols and secure communications.

Professional background

Situation Publishing

Wireless Correspondent

O2 (Telefonica)

Head of Enabling Software

Informa Telecoms Academy, Trainer, 10


Areas of coverage

Product and Services Strategy for Tech CEOs

Product/Service Discovery and Validation

Emerging Technologies and Trends Impact on Products and Services

Industry Product Planning and Strategy

Tech Buying Behavior

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1How will satellite and new space projects impact my business

2How can I harness autonomous robots and drones?

3How will 5G impact my business?

4Which wireless technology is right for my IoT project?

5What new opportunities and risks are exposed by changes in the way that radio spectrum is managed