Gartner Expert

Carolin Zhou

Sr Director Analyst

Carolin Zhou is a Senior Director, Analyst at Gartner focusing on Infrastructure Cloud Strategy, which includes public cloud, private cloud, hybrid cloud, multicloud management, cloud migration, cloud architecture, cloud management tool, platform service providers (AWS, Alibaba, Google, Microsoft, Oracle, Tencent, etc), DevOps, CI/CD, container technologies and distributed systems, etc.

Previous experience

Prior to her career in research, Ms. Zhou has 15 years of experience in IT area with a focus on enterprise architecture, IT governance, shared service management and architecture transformation, API management, Cloud strategy and cloud migration management, solution architecture, big data, IoT, DevOps and IT compliance and risk management, etc.

Professional background

BMW China Automotive Trading Ltd.

Region China Lead Enterprise Architect


Senior IT Governance Manager and Enterprise Architect

Baidu Ltd

Senior Data Mining Manager

Areas of coverage

Applications and Software Engineering Leaders

Enterprise Architecture and Technology Innovation Leaders

I&O Operations Management

Data Center Infrastructure

Cloud and Edge Infrastructure


MSC in e-Business Management, University of Warwick

BSC in Optoelectronic Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1How to choose the right cloud native service as well as platform services?

2How to build cloud strategy and cloud migration strategy for public cloud/hybid cloud?

3Cloud reference architecture for multiple cloud, like: AWS, Azure and Ali Cloud, etc.

4DevOps, Container technologies as well as operation model for Cloud/Hybrid Cloud Adoption

5Cloud Native Architecture, and Hybrid Cloud Cost Optimization