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Thomas J. Bittman

Thomas J. Bittman

Vice President and Distinguished Analyst

Thomas J. Bittman is a Vice President and Distinguished Analyst with Gartner Research. Mr. Bittman has led the industry in areas such as cloud computing and virtualization. He was an early pioneer for the concept of private cloud computing and invented the term “real-time infrastructure” in 2002 (a precursor to private cloud computing). Mr. Bittman served for three years as a member of Gartner’s Senior Research Board. In 2005, he earned Gartner’s Analyst of the Year Award. Mr. Bittman has served as Gartner’s lead analyst covering IBM and Microsoft, and he is the current lead analyst for Hewlett Packard Enterprise. He is also doing research on agile infrastructures, OS container technologies, IT as a cloud broker, and hybrid cloud computing.

Before joining Gartner, Mr. Bittman was a division plan manager and chief software engineer with IBM, where he had development responsibility for four operating systems.


Years of Experience:

  • 22 years in total with Gartner
  • 34 years in IT industry
  • 5 years in Education industry

Top 5 Issues I Help Clients Address:

  • Server virtualization selection, deployment, strategies
  • Private and hybrid cloud computing strategies
  • Hybrid IT – operational models for IT in a cloud computing world
  • Overall cloud computing trend, how/whether they should leverage
  • Future of key virtualization vendors (esp. VMware, esp. for Invest clients)

Roles That Need My Research:

  • Data center managers
  • Server administrators
  • Infrastructure and operations executives
  • CIOs

Top Key Initiatives I Cover:

  • Cloud Computing
  • Infrastructure and Operations Leaders
  • Infrastructure Agility
  • Infrastructure Modernization

Common Inquiries I Address:

  • Private cloud computing plans
  • Server virtualization selection/futures
  • Containers/Docker
  • Becoming an internal cloud broker
  • Future of VMware
  • Future of Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Monday, December 4, 2017 / 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

The Journey to the Mix: Private Cloud, Public Cloud and Edge

Enterprises are on a journey to digital business, and an expansion of their application portfolios. I&O leaders need to modernize for existing applications, while adding support for agile development, rapid and real-time scaling, and low-latency analytics. Infrastructures of the future will span enterprise data centers, cloud and the intelligent edge – enabled and managed by I&O.

Monday, December 4, 2017 / 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Living on the Edge: How IoT and Immersive Technologies Will Change Computing

Digital business requires real-time not just at the back-end, but between people and things. As IoT explodes and immersive technologies like augmented and mixed reality expand, the need for hyper-interactivity and local processing will grow, and the edge will need to become much more intelligent. The edge will grow faster than the today's cloud, changing architectures, apps, IT strategies, cloud providers, and new competitors.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 / 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Ask the Analyst: Creating an Edge and Cloud Strategy

This session will allow participants to ask questions and to share experiences and success stories they have encountered as they advance along the path toward cloud and/or edge computing and IT.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 / 3:45 PM - 4:15 PM

Town Hall: Cloud

This session will provide the audience an opportunity to ask cloud-related questions to a panel of Gartner analysts.

This town hall will cover all aspects of the cloud, including IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, and more. Attendees can ask a panel of analysts direct questions, or learn from questions posed by peers.

Thursday, December 7, 2017 / 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Four Key Server Virtualization Decisions

Server virtualization options are growing, and there are four key strategic decisions that enterprises need to make: (1) should they consider switching their virtualization platform, (2) should they and how should they adopt container technologies, (3) when should VMs be migrated to cloud, what level of private cloud makes sense, how do Azure Stack and VMware Cloud on AWS fit in to the virtualization/cloud story, and (4) when should a traditional virtualization architecture convert to a hyperconverged architecture, and what does that mean in terms of hypervisor (and choices like Acropolis) and management?

Meet the analysts face to face.