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Traverse Clayton

Sr Director Analyst

Traverse Clayton is a Research Director with the Application Platform Strategies (APS) team in Gartner for Technical Professionals (GTP). Mr. Clayton's areas of coverage include cloud computing, iPaaS, aPaaS, containers, kubernetes, docker, microservices architecture, cloud integration patterns, cloud adoption and migration in enterprise IT, and adapting on-premises SOA and legacy applications to the cloud. Mr. Clayton has served in roles as an entrepreneur, engineering leader, architect, consultant and developer. During this time, he has led technology initiatives for both startups and enterprise IT to deliver distributed systems integrated across COTS, open-source and Microsoft platforms.

Roles and responsibility

Application Architect, Enterprise Architect, Integration Architect, Chief Architect, CTO, Solution Architect, Lead Developer, App Dev Manager, Director of App Dev/Engineering, Program/Product Managers, Software Engineering Manager

Previous experience

Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Clayton served as a Principal Enterprise Architect at Microsoft responsible for designing scalable, distributed architectures spanning on-premises and cloud for Global 100 companies. He advised engineering leaders and CTOs on multiyear roadmaps, application modernization strategies and decision frameworks for transforming their technology businesses to take advantage of the Nexus of Forces. While at Microsoft, he also served as a Senior Consultant responsible for leading teams of developers and architects to deliver full-life cycle programs migrating applications to the cloud. During his tenure, he delivered on community efforts to produce technical artifacts, white papers and presentations and to harvest best practices to shape architecture delivery and reuse at scale across the service organization.

Mr. Clayton grew up in technology writing code as an Application Developer for SalesLogix/Sage software responsible for producing packaged, client-server applications and integrating and extending enterprise Web applications. He also served as the Chief Architect at Automon, where he refactored the codebase to be loosely coupled and leverage data access patterns, including ORM and attribute/value store, to support cross-platform databases.

Professional background


Principal Enterprise Architect


Senior Consultant


Application Developer

Areas of coverage

Cloud Computing (retired)

Applications and Software Engineering Leaders

Modernizing Application Architecture and Infrastructure (retired)

Integration Architecture and Platforms (retired)

Application and Product Portfolio Governance (retired)


B.S., magna cum laude, Software Engineering, University of Advancing Technology

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1How to start with designing, building and migrating applications for the cloud

2Integrating applications between disparate clouds and on-premises resources

3What attributes to consider when selecting a cloud service provider for developing applications

4Designing app services for multiple consumers on Azure

5How to mitigate risk and complexity when modernizing applications for the cloud