Gartner Expert

David Wright

Sr Director Analyst

David Wright is a Research Director in the Infrastructure Strategies team of Gartner for IT Leaders, where he focuses on public, private and hybrid cloud infrastructure. His coverage includes infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), on-premises software-defined data centers and edge computing. Mr. Wright delivers advice to IT buyers on topics such as public cloud, hybrid, multicloud and cloud edge strategy, cloud sourcing and cost governance.

Previous experience

With an almost 30 year history in software platforms and partnering, Mr. Wright has led a variety of both technical and business initiatives. For AWS he built and led a team that managed their 100 largest ISV partnerships. At VMware, Mr. Wright led all field partner technical architects, then incubated and grew VMware's Telecom vertical product group. At Microsoft, Mr. Wright served as Worldwide Industry Director for the SaaS ISV sales channel.

Professional background

Amazon Web Services

General Manager, Strategic Technology Partnerships

VMware, Inc.

VP of Operations, Telco NFV Group

Microsoft

Industry Director, SaaS ISVs

Areas of coverage

Infrastructure, Operations and Cloud Management

Cloud and Edge Infrastructure

Infrastructure and Operations Business Value (retired)

Industry Product Planning

Education

M.B.A., Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Understanding the public cloud marketplace - dynamics, trends, functions, vendor ecosystem

2Building a cloud selection and adoption strategy - key issues, vendors, partners and best practices

3Optimizing cloud investment - from negotiating contracts to properly utilizing capacity

4Executing a multicloud strategy - selecting, using, integrating and balancing multiple cloud providers

5IT strategy in hybrid cloud environments - how to effectively mix, match and integrate physical, private and public cloud infrastructure