Gartner Expert

Tim Zimmerman

VP Analyst

Tim Zimmerman is a Vice President at Gartner and covers enterprise access layer connectivity and IoT networking. Mr. Zimmerman's focus is on the end user deployment of wired switching and wireless LAN architectures and governing applications but also includes IoT solutions for asset tracking, indoor location services and RFID. He assists clients in how emerging trends around these technologies are transforming and disrupting organizations across a number of industries. At Gartner, his thought leadership encompasses not only Wi-Fi but also includes LF, HF, UHF and UWB RFID for applicable passive and active tag, reader and gateway functionality across the enterprise networking and IoT ecosystems. With his technical and entrepreneurial background, Mr. Zimmerman has advised global enterprise and government end users on their strategic planning, RFPs, and vendor selection for over thirty years. He also advises vendors on product requirements, product positioning, market messaging and competitive analysis.

Previous experience

Mr. Zimmerman's previous experience in the wired and wireless networking and IoT industries has included technical, marketing and management roles with Intermec, SyVox, Hand Held Products, Norand and a number of startups.

Professional background

Intermec Technologies

Director, Strategic Alliances


Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Hand Held Products

Vice President

Areas of coverage

Digital Workplace Infrastructure and Operations

Sourcing, Procurement and Vendor Management Leaders

Cloud and Edge Infrastructure

Digital Workplace Applications


M.B.A., University of Iowa

B.A., Computer Science, Cornell College

B.A., Physics, Cornell College

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1What communication and security issues should enterprises consider when implementing Internet of Things devices and sensors?

2Planning, managing and sourcing passive or active HF,VHF and UHF RFID solutions

3How should organizations implement indoor-location services to achieve the correct accuracy needed to make business decisions?

4How to plan, manage, security and source access layer network infrastructure?

5What disruptive technologies are driving change at the edge of the campus network?