Gartner Expert

Scot MacLellan

VP Analyst

Scot MacLellan is a member of the Technology and Service Provider group and provides research and advisory services in cloud and data center technologies. His main area of coverage is the continued growth and evolution of cloud service providers and the resultant shift in most organizations to cloud and hybrid IT. He covers private, public, hybrid, multicloud and distributed cloud topics, with a particular focus on the ecosystem of cloud IT service providers that serves the market.

When working with technology and service providers, Mr. MacLellan's research focuses on how to evolve and position technologies and services to succeed amid the changing buying patterns and expectations of the market. In particular, he will advise technology product managers in product planning and product development. When working with technology consumers, he will advise on how best to exploit the current and emerging technology and the differing options in service delivery and consumption, in order to best satisfy the needs of their organizations and workloads.

Previous experience

Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. MacLellan had a notable career with IBM, in various technical and management positions. His most recent role was that of IBM Distinguished Engineer, an executive level role in which he led the technical strategy and development of cloud and data center automation products and technologies.

Professional background


Distinguished Engineer


Mainframe Systems Programmer

Areas of coverage

Product and Services Strategy for Tech CEOs

Cloud and Edge Infrastructure

Product/Service Discovery and Validation

Product/Service Design and Creation

Technology Market Essentials


B.S. (Hons.), Physics, University of Glasgow

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Trends and evolution of the many aspects of cloud computing (IT buyers and vendors)?

2What strategies to employ to best protect and expand cloud IT services market share (IT vendors)?

3What strategies to employ to adopt and get value out of cloud (IT buyers)?

4How to best position technologies and services in a competitive hybrid IT world (IT vendors)?

5How to protect intellectual property (IT vendors)?

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