Gartner Expert

Thomas J. Bittman

Distinguished VP Analyst

Thomas Bittman is a Vice President and Distinguished Analyst with Gartner Research. Mr. Bittman has led the industry in areas such as cloud computing, virtualization, and edge computing. He was an early pioneer for the concept of private cloud computing and invented the term "real-time infrastructure" in 2002 (a precursor to private cloud computing). Mr. Bittman served for three years as a member of Gartner's Senior Research Board. In 2005, he earned Gartner's Analyst of the Year Award. He has served as Gartner's Lead Analyst covering IBM, Microsoft and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. His primary focus of research is edge computing and the future of infrastructure.

Previous experience

Before joining Gartner, Mr. Bittman was a Division Plan Manager and Chief Software Engineer with IBM, where he had development responsibility for four operating systems.

Professional background


Associate Member of Technical Staff


Chief Software Engineering Manager and Software Lab Plan Manager

Areas of coverage

Data Center Infrastructure

Cloud and Edge Infrastructure


Postgraduate work, Management and Strategic Planning

B.S., Computer Science, with minors in Mathematics and Physics, University of Kansas

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Edge computing, especially infrastructures for edge, applications driving edge

2Server virtualization selection, deployment, strategies, futures

3Microsoft as a vendor

4VMware as a vendor

5VMware as a service from hyperscale cloud providers