Danny Brian

Danny Brian

Vice President and Gartner Fellow

Analyst Danny Brian covers presentation layer technologies, tools and techniques – the stuff people interact with on endpoint devices, and the ways to make it great. A coder at heart, he takes a hands-on approach by actively developing solutions to demonstrate the guidance he provides to clients. This guidance applies to web application architecture, mobile app development, framework selection, the use of HTML5, JavaScript and CSS3, and best practices for improving the user experience (UX) of resulting apps and applications.

A popular conference speaker and author of several books on software development, Mr. Brian has nearly 20 years of experience as an engineering director, application architect and developer at companies including Discovery Channel, NTT/Verio and Adaptive Computing. In 2013, Gartner awarded Mr. Brian the Thought Leadership Award for his popular research regarding professional effectiveness for development teams.

Years of Experience:

  • 6 years in total with Gartner
  • 24 years in IT industry
  • 17 years in Technology & Telecommunications industry
  • 6 years in Media industry

Top 5 Issues I Help Clients Address:

  • Developing web applications
  • Improving application UX
  • Developing mobile apps
  • Learning and improving developer skills
  • Web application architecture

Roles That Need My Research:

  • Application Architects
  • Developers
  • Designers

Top Vendors I Cover:

  • Adobe Systems Incorporated (Flex, Flash platform, Creative Cloud tools)
  • Microsoft Corporation (Silverlight, Expression, C#/Mono)
  • Apple Inc. (Webkit/Safari, iOS interfaces)

Top 5 Key Initiatives I Cover:

  • Modernizing Application Development
  • Modernizing Application Architecture and Infrastructure
  • Mobile and Endpoint Strategies
  • Mobile Application Strategies
  • Application Leaders

Common Inquiries I Address:

  • Can we leverage our web expertise to build great mobile apps?
  • Is HTML5 ready for prime time?
  • What newer web frameworks should we be looking into?
  • What JavaScript toolkits should we or shouldn’t we be using?
  • What’s the future outlook for web application architectures?
  • How can we build multichannel, multidevice applications?
  • We’re an Adobe Flex shop. What should we be looking at going forward?”
Monday, August 21, 2017 / 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Opening Keynote: Three Keys to Architect Your Digital Future

The digital business era is underway, and we face the most technologically diverse ecosystem ever. Confronted by a dizzying array of choices surrounding cloud computing, big data, IoT, DevOps, analytics, and more, technical professionals must come to grips with the fact that the breakneck pace of technology evolution will continue to accelerate. Through all of this complexity and change emerges three simple principles you can apply to architect your digital future.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 / 8:15 AM - 9:00 AM

State of the Web: The Critical Trends in Architecture, Platforms and Frameworks in 2017

The noise around the "framework of the month" is deafening. Increased demands of agility and scalability require new approaches to application architecture and tooling. Hundreds of vendors offer new platforms that promise developer productivity. HTML5 and JavaScript features offer extreme leverage of both code and skills to solve problems for any endpoint device or server environment. How can architects and developers make sense of this turbulent landscape? This session gives a rundown of the trends you cannot afford to ignore in web platforms, frameworks and architecture.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 / 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Crossfire: Native Mobile or Web: The Finale

Danny and Kirk have been arguing for years about the virtues of native mobile app development versus web and hybrid development. It's time to put the debate to rest! In fact, it might be time to stop talking about mobile-specific development altogether, if only the two could agree on that point.

In this session, Danny and Kirk tackle some key developments and misconceptions about the state of mobile app development in the enterprise.
• What technologies are seeing success, and which are creating undue burdens on IT?
• How is mobile different from other target platforms? How is it not different?
• Has the golden age of the mobile app passed, and will digital voice assistants replace visual UIs anytime soon?

Meet the analysts face to face.

Gartner Catalyst Conference 2017
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, 1 Market Pl,San Diego,CA92101
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