Gartner Expert

Forest Conner

Sr Director Analyst

Forest Conner expertise is in the areas of enterprise video usage, content management and delivery, unified communications, data analytics, and subscription pricing. He provides insight in product life cycle management and product leadership, planning, development, and introduction. He provides optimization of outcomes at any point in the life cycle of a product, team, or organization.

Previous experience

Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Conner spent 6 years in the start-up company VHX and its subsequent acquirer Vimeo, focused on leveraging data to inform product teams, managing feature development, and growing the business. He directly advised both GM and CEO roles to identify market trends and evaluate opportunities for increased revenue by defining product and solution strategy. He also advised product marketing on go-to-market strategy, including resource allocation and attribution, market segmentation, and messaging.

Professional background


Head of Enterprise Growth Strategy

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Software Developer

Areas of coverage

Product Leadership

Business Performance Management for Tech CEOs

Customer Acquisition for Tech CEOs

Product Planning

Product Development


Master of Business Administration, May 2013, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University

Master of Fine Arts, May 2014, Tisch School of the Art, New York University

B.S. Computer Science and Psychology, Summa Cum Laude, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Evaluating opportunities for business growth

2Pricing strategy for subscription business

3Measuring, valuing, and utilizing data

4Improving product planning and developing compelling product roadmap

5Enterprise video usage and monetization