Kirk Knoernschild

Kirk Knoernschild

Vice President

Kirk Knoernschild is an analyst covering many aspects of application platform strategies, including development platforms, programming languages and frameworks, mobile application platforms, and the software development life cycle (SDLC).

Prior to joining Gartner in the Gartner for Technical Professionals Group, Mr. Knoernschild was a software developer who could be found working in the trenches on enterprise software development projects. With over 19 years of software development experience, Mr. Knoernschild has filled most roles on the software development team. He is an open-source contributor, has authored numerous articles, and is a frequent conference speaker. He has trained and mentored thousands of software professionals on topics including Java/J2EE, modeling, software architecture and design, component-based development, service-oriented architecture, mobile application development, Web technologies, and software process. Mr. Knoernschild is trapped in a software developer’s body and continues to enjoy hacking in a variety of languages, including Java, Net, Ruby and PHP.

Years of Experience:

  • 9 years in total with Gartner
  • 24 years in IT industry
  • 5 years in Banking, Finance and Insurance industry
  • 5 years in Energy & Utilities industry

Top 5 Issues I Help Clients Address:

  • Mobile Application Architecture and Development
  • Software Architecture and Architectural Agility
  • Programming Languages
  • Application Servers and Infrastructure
  • Agile Software Development and the Software Development
Monday, August 21, 2017 / 4:25 PM - 5:10 PM

Agile Development and Software Architecture: Friend or Foe?

Current approaches to software architecture are broken and cannot meet the business demands of the future. Yet, agile methods fail to adequately explain how to increase architectural agility. More so than ever before, speeding software delivery and increasing software quality require more than process improvement. Increasing software development agility also requires us to adopt more modern architectural paradigms and lighter weight infrastructure.
Key issues:
• What's the role of software architecture in an agile development project?
• What's the relationship between architecture, agility and infrastructure, and how does it impact software delivery?
• What's needed to increase architectural agility?

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?

Thursday, August 24, 2017 / 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Closing Keynote: The Foundation of Your Digital Future Starts Today

We live in an era of extreme technological diversity. Organizations are faced with security, development, and infrastructure decisions that span cloud, data, IoT, mobile, and more. Yet these decisions are not made in a vacuum. Each are related in subtle ways. Technology convergence will result in new ecosystems that expose organizations to amazing new digital business opportunities.

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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