Gartner Expert

Bob Gill

VP Analyst

Bob Gill is a Vice President and Agenda Manager in Gartner's Infrastructure Strategies group.

Mr. Gill is a leading authority in data center planning, aligning business and IT strategy, cloud computing, edge computing architectures, managed DNS, content distribution, and colocation.

He also manages the Research Agenda for Infrastructure Delivery, which centers on the evolution from on-premises, data-center-based IT, to hybrid IT including colocation and cloud computing. Mr. Gill's experience extends over 38 years in the business and technology arena, including data network design, networked operating systems, internet services, network computing and data center services.

Previous experience

Starting in 1989, Mr. Gill spent 15 years at Gartner in research and executive roles, including Group Vice President and Director of Research for a startup synthesized within Gartner.

In 2002, Mr. Gill was VP of Business Development for a value-added reseller focused on the SMB medical market. He then served as Chief Research Officer for The Information Project, where he was responsible for the overall research agenda and process, as well as Managing Director of the Server practice, which spawned the virtualization and cloud practice areas. Mr. Gill returned to Gartner in 2012.

Professional background

Western Electric/AT&T/Bell Laboratories

Manager

The Information Project

Chief Research Officer and Managing Director

Gartner

Group Vice President and Director of Research

Areas of coverage

Cloud Computing

Data Center Infrastructure

Cloud and Edge Infrastructure

Internet of Things for Technical Professionals (retired)

Education

Professional Certificate, Innovation in Sustainability, University of Vermont

M.S., Management Information Systems, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey

B.A., Business, University of Notre Dame, Indiana

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Planning and implementing moves outside of the data center, including colocation and cloud computing

2Selecting and implementing the right colocation solution

3Selecting and implementing the right cloud computing strategy

4Contracts, service-level agreements and MSA negotiations

5Bridging the gap between private virtualization efforts and public IaaS