Gartner Expert

Philip Russom

Director Analyst

Director Analyst in the Data and Analytics group (D&A) for IT Leaders. Mostly I cover data platforms: from legacy on-premises database management systems (DBMSs) to new cloud DBMSs on cloud service provider (CSPs). I specialize in uses of these data platforms for data warehouses, data lakes, and data lakehouses.

Previous experience

Before Gartner, I was an industry analyst in four firms: TDWI, Forrester Research, Giga Information Group, and Hurwitz Group. Before that, I worked for database vendors Progress Software, InterSystems, and IRI Software.

Professional background

The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI)

Senior Research Director for Data Management

Forrester Research

Principal Analyst for Data Management

Giga Information Group

Research Director for Data Management

Areas of coverage

Data and Analytics Leaders

Data Management Solutions

Data and Analytics Programs and Practices


Ph.D. and Masters, Yale University

Masters and Bachelors, University of North Texas

Degrees listed above were majors in music theory and history. Some had a computer science minor.

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Data warehouse modernization, migration, automation, augmentation

2Infrastructure for data warehouses, data lakes, lakehouses, and other database design patterns

3Large-scale, multi-platform data architectures

4Data management specifically for advanced analytics

5Aligning data management work to business goals