Gartner Expert

Bob Gill

VP Analyst

Bob Gill is a Research Vice President in Gartner's Infrastructure Strategies group and is the founder and leader of the Edge Research Community at Gartner.

Mr. Gill’s research currently focuses on Edge Computing, Colocation, Cloud Computing and advanced networking services. He is also a leading authority in data center planning and aligning business and IT strategy. Mr. Gill's experience extends over 41 years in the business and technology arena, including data network design, distributed computing, IoT, and data center services.

The Edge Research community focuses on Edge Computing technologies, drivers, and business models. It includes over 200 analyst members across all of Gartner’s research business units and works synergistically with the Cloud Research Community and IoT Research Community.

Previous experience

Mr. Gill began his career at AT&T in 1979 in data networking, and included technical, product management, and product marketing roles in local and wide area products and services, including X.25, packet networking, local area networks, and networking software for AT&T’s Unix Operating System.

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


The Information Project

Chief Research Officer and Managing Director


Group Vice President and Director of Research

Areas of coverage

Cloud Computing (retired)

Data Center Infrastructure

Cloud and Edge Infrastructure

Retail Digital Transformation and Innovation


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