Andre Kindness

Principal Analyst serving Infrastructure & Operations PROFESSIONALS

Andre serves IT Infrastructure & Operations Professionals. He is a leading expert on network operations and architecture. His research focuses on networking technology and strategy, mobile network infrastructure, application delivery networking, data center convergence, and network infrastructure security. He helps Forrester clients develop and improve their strategy around infrastructure investment and optimization. His analysis balances technology with business strategy to ensure IT maximizes operational and financial efficiency.

Previous Work Experience

Prior to his role at Forrester, Andre worked for 10 years in the networking industry at HP's networking division and at Cisco Systems as a networking and security marketing manager, assessing the market and driving the creation and adoption of products and solutions to solve complex business challenges. Prior to these roles, he was an engineer who tackled complicated system dynamics for GenCorp Aerojet, a leader in space missile and propulsion. He developed a broad range of skills and quickly evolved into a system integrator, where he ensured the success of a low-cost, reusable rocket program.

Education

Andre graduated from the University of California, Davis, in 1994 and has Bachelor of Science degrees in mechanical engineering, material science and engineering, and aeronautical science and engineering. Additionally, he has a pending CISSP certificate from (ISC)2 and has received certificates from UC Davis in network administration and management and routing and switching technologies.

Andre Kindness's Research

  • For CIOs

    Report: The Enterprise Network Enables Business Innovation

    The enterprise network is the ugly duckling of enterprise technology landscape, looked at disparagingly by CIOs and often ignored by the business. The enterprise network is much less exciting th...

    • Downloads: 168
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report: Brief: Cisco's Tail-f Acquisition Is Good News For Your Flexible Service Ambitions

    On June 17, 2014, Cisco announced its acquisition of Tail-f Systems for $175 million in cash and retention incentives. The acquisition helps Cisco deliver on a virtual network infrastructure vis...

    • Downloads: 59
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report: Three Forcing Functions That Will Extend Your Data Center's Network Services Beyond Its Walls

    Five years after introducing network fabrics, the networking industry has hit the reset button. Vendors haven't come any closer to helping customers build networks that can instantly mesh users,...

    • Downloads: 159
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report: Is Software-Defined Networking Ready For The Enterprise? Part 2 Of 3

    Even though software-defined networking (SDN) is widely popular with cloud providers, carriers, and universities, today's SDN solutions won't cure enterprise infrastructure and operations' (I&O'...

    • Downloads: 351
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report: Is Software-Defined Networking Ready For The Enterprise? Part 3 Of 3

    Software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) hold the promise to reposition the network and supporting team from being a business barrier and services liability t...

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