Gartner Expert

Joe Skorupa

Distinguished VP Analyst

Joe Skorupa is a Research VP/Distinguished Analyst within the Gartner for General Managers team where he advises senior leaders at technology and service providers. He covers strategic matters such as product plans, go-to-market/positioning, partnerships and M&A. Mr. Skorupa also advises end users on network architectures, technology acquisition and vendor negotiation. His area of focus is disruptive market forces, whether technology, business model or broader geopolitical, economic or social factors.

From a market/technology perspective, his current research focuses on the convergence of wide area networking and network security into the new market, Secure Access Service Edge (SASE). Mr. Skorupa also covers the impact of digital business transformation and edge computing on WAN Edge/branch office and data center networks. Mr. Skorupa leads Gartner's research on SASE, SD-WAN, intent-based networking and disaggregated NOS/Brite Box. He also covers SDN/network virtualization as well as data center network fabrics, networking for HCIS and WAN optimization.

Mr. Skorupa lead the creation of Gartner's initial edge computing infrastructure forecast and Gartner's initial SASE forecast. These forecasts broke new ground in terms of emerging markets and also content/presetation, using 3D graphics and composite forcasting techniques.

In 2011, he led breakthrough research on the disruptive factors shaping the data center market, earning his second Thought Leadership Award. His follow-on research developed the Protector and Evolutionary/Revolutionary Disruptor model of company behaviors, earning a third Thought Leadership Award.

Previous experience

Mr. Skorupa has more than 40 years of experience in enterprise, service provider and storage networking. He has experience working in global enterprises and in early stage startups, holding a variety of engineering, marketing and analyst roles at companies such as FORE Systems, Bytex, Motorola, Indiana University and RHK.

Professional background

RHK

VP Switching and Routing

FORE Systems

Sr. Director, Product Marketing and Management

Bytex

Sr. Director, Product Planning and Management

Areas of coverage

Product Strategy and Launch for Tech CEOs

Data Center Infrastructure

Customer Acquisition for Tech CEOs

Corporate Development for Tech CEOs

Product Promotion and Awareness

Education

B.A., College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Member of the IEEE for 30 years

Member of 802.3 Committee for more than eight years

Chaired the 802.3 Network Management Task Force for four years

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Business strategy/partnerships/go-to-market for startups, midsize companies and large companies

2Corporate development/M&A strategy for startups and large companies

3Disruptive forces affecting the networking market

4Data center networking

5SD-WAN and the evolution of the WAN edge/branch office

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