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Bjarne Munch

Sr Principal Analyst

Bjarne Munch is a Sr. Principal Research Analyst with Gartner's IT Leaders & Tech Professional research organization focusing on network and communications service sourcing strategy, evaluation/selection of providers, contract terms and conditions, SLA's, and pricing best practices. This includes This includes Managed network services, managed WAN services, Internet services, Mobile services and managed mobile services, Fixed voice services, SIP Trunking, and Co-location services including software defined cloud interconnectivity.

He has been deeply involved in the evolution of enterprise WAN architectures from MPLS to Hybrid WAN and now Internet based SD-WAN with network functional virtualization (NFV) and embedded cloud connectivity. He has taken a key focus on how to use the Internet, broadband and 4G/5G for both remote worker and branch office application connectivity, as well as evolving SD-WAN security and SASE architectures, and performance monitoring.

Previous experience

Prior to joining Gartner, he worked for Ericsson, Australia, as strategic product manager for convergent communication, with frequent involvement in marketing and tradeshows in Europe, US, Asia, and Australia. Prior to this, he was a Lead Solution Architect in the Ericsson Convergent Communication group. He has also served as Chairman of the Global Fixed Telephone Switch Product Development Council, as well as technical product manager for core switching functionality. He also represented Ericsson in standardization activities within ETSI and ITU.

Professional background


Strategic Product Manager - IP Convergence

Meta Group

Senior Research Analyst

Areas of coverage

I&O Organizational Strategy

Cloud and Edge Infrastructure

Digital Workplace Applications

Infrastructure Security


Master of Science in System Engineering, Aalborg University, Denmark

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1WAN, Internet, and mobile service provider selection, and contract negotiation.

2Evaluating and selecting Co-Location Services, including cloud connectivity

3SD-WAN equipment and vendor evaluation and selection

4Develop SD-WAN and SD-WAN security architecture, and SASE strategies

5How to manage and monitor application performance and user experience