Gartner Expert

Thomas James Klinect

Sr Director Analyst

Thomas Klinect covers application modernization for mainframe, iSeries, distributed (Windows & Linux/UNIX) and cloud platforms. Mr. Klinect has a deep understanding of Relearn, Refactor, Rehost, Re-interface, Re-architect, Replace and Retire strategies for modernization. Areas covered are;

* Gas and oil

* Retail

* Entertainment

* Healthcare

* Financial/Insurance

* Telecommunications

* Utilities

* Consumer goods/service

* Government

- Federal

- State

- Local

- DoD

Mr. Klinect provides "been-there, done-that" analysis of tools, best practices, and techniques. He also provides insight and understanding in the following phases of a modernization effort;

* Business case development

* Analysis

* Program development

* Deployment

* Maintenance

With his deep understanding of all parts in a legacy and modern enterprise, he offers guidance for a complete understanding of application modernization programs. In short, when it comes to modernization/transformation he is knowledgeable and can speak to members of the board, down to the technical.

Roles and responsibility

Application Development

Application Leaders

Program Managers



Previous experience

With over 33 years in the transformation business, Mr. Klinect brings a diverse understanding of transformation. He has led large-scale transformations in all business segments, and has worked on mainframes, client/server, mobile, supercomputers and midrange platforms. This provides for a unique understanding of large-scale and small-scale transformation. During the preceding 34 years, he worked for some of the largest system integrators in a consulting capacity, helping Fortune 1000 companies in understanding and executing enterprise programs. He also ran a consulting company specializing in client/server transformation with both government and large defense contractors.

Professional background


Vice President, CSI Delivery


Transformation Practice Lead

Hewlett Packard

Server-2-Server Leader

Areas of coverage

Applications and Software Engineering Leaders

Government Technology Optimization and Modernization

Modernizing Application Architecture and Infrastructure (retired)

Software Engineering Technologies

Application and Product Portfolio Governance (retired)


Bachelor of Science, Computer Science, National University

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Applications modernization



4Platform modernization

5Platform transformations