Jonathan Forest is an Analyst within Gartner's Information Technology Leaders team, focusing on Infrastructure and Operations with respect to enterprise networking. Mr. Forest primarily performs research and advises on SD-WAN, virtualization, managed network services, application performance, LAN/WAN/data center, migration to the cloud, and other emerging technologies for multinational corporations, service providers and vendors.
Before joining Gartner, Mr. Forest led product management, strategy, service management, and product marketing for managed network service providers and software vendors. He has experience in SD-WAN, MPLS, internet, cloud, virtualization, wireless, WiFi, satellite communications, broadband, UC, security and WAN optimization.
Mr. Forest ran product management and product marketing for an Application Optimization/SD WAN vendor. In this role, he managed the roadmap as far as features and timing, pricing, market positioning, market strategy, and field support with customers and channels.
His role was global, so his team was located in the U.S. and Europe. Hence, he has international experience with customers, vendors and channel partners.
Vice President, Enterprise Products and Markets
Hughes Network Systems
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Vice President, Business Development and Product Management
IT Cost Optimization (retired)
Building and Expanding a Digital Business (retired)
Digital Disruption and Innovation (retired)
Driving Digital Business Transformation for Industry Leadership (retired)
M.B.A., International Business, University of Maryland
Bachelor of Science, Mathematics, University of Wisconsin
1SD WAN Evaluation
2Network Services Features.Functionality (SD WAN, WAN Op, APM, etc.)
3Managed Network Services Evaluation
4Decisions About Virtualization
5WAN Migration to Support the Cloud