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Andre   Kindness

Andre Kindness

Principal Analyst Serving Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

Andre serves IT Infrastructure & Operations Professionals. He is a leading expert on enterprise network operations and architecture. His research focuses on networking technology and strategy--such as software define networking and network function virtualization--for private cloud, remote locations, and hybrid cloud. In particular, he is a leading visionary in defining the network architecture and technology needed inside retail stores, hospitals, manufacturing sites, and hospitality venues. The focus of each is engaging the people involved, especially customers. He helps Forrester clients develop and improve their strategy to ensure they create a network platform for the digital business since the network connection can be a customer's first touch point to the business.

Previous Work Experience

Andre's career spans 20 years in marketing, business, and technology leadership roles. Andre worked for 10 years with networking professionals inside business and value added resellers at HP's networking division and Cisco Systems, researching and defining which features, products, and solutions were needed to solve complex business challenges. Prior to the network industry, he developed an expertise in systems engineering, designing complex rocket propulsion systems for GenCorp Aerojet, a leader in space missile and propulsion industry. His perspective on the importance of customer orientation, standardized process and procedures, continuous improvement, agile tactics, resiliency, and rapid innovation were honed during his years designing new aircraft features and models at an aircraft company.

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 also routing and switching technologies.

Andre Kindness

Principal Analyst Serving Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

Andre serves IT Infrastructure & Operations Professionals. He is a leading expert on enterprise network operations and architecture. His research focuses on networking technology and strategy--such as software define networking and network function virtualization--for private cloud, remote locations, and hybrid cloud. In particular, he is a leading visionary in defining the network architecture and technology needed inside retail stores, hospitals, manufacturing sites, and hospitality venues. The focus of each is engaging the people involved, especially customers. He helps Forrester clients develop and improve their strategy to ensure they create a network platform for the digital business since the network connection can be a customer's first touch point to the business.

Previous Work Experience

Andre's career spans 20 years in marketing, business, and technology leadership roles. Andre worked for 10 years with networking professionals inside business and value added resellers at HP's networking division and Cisco Systems, researching and defining which features, products, and solutions were needed to solve complex business challenges. Prior to the network industry, he developed an expertise in systems engineering, designing complex rocket propulsion systems for GenCorp Aerojet, a leader in space missile and propulsion industry. His perspective on the importance of customer orientation, standardized process and procedures, continuous improvement, agile tactics, resiliency, and rapid innovation were honed during his years designing new aircraft features and models at an aircraft company.

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 also routing and switching technologies.

Andre Kindness's Research

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Vendor Landscape: Programmable Data Center Hardware Switches, Q3 2017

    August 10, 2017Andre Kindness

    Traditional networks can't keep up with the pace of change within the data center. Many infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals have investigated various technologies to deploy the five tenets of Forrester's virtual network infrastructure (VNI) and found some immature elements. As data center switching hardware ages out, organizations want to avoid locking themselves into one specific software-defined solution. In this report, we highlight the multiple vendors that offer data center switches and methods of programmability without other dependencies.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Adapt Your Network Strategy To Thrive In A Shifting Ecosystem

    Old And New Players Disrupt Standards And Solutions In The Communication Market

    July 28, 2017 Sophia I. Vargas, Andre Kindness

    Businesses increasingly depend on cloud to help deliver differentiated services to customers. As a consequence, rampant adoption of new infrastructure platforms has changed the composition of the enterprise network, altering provider solutions, consumption models, and performance-driven architectures. This report helps infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals understand the transition and seize the opportunity to redefine their network service delivery channel and better serve their customers.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Rumors Of VMware's Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated

    VMware Faces Great Challenges But Keeps Delivering Growth, Defying Its Critics

    July 12, 2017 Chris Gardner, Dave Bartoletti, Andre Kindness, Richard Fichera

    VMware, for years one of Silicon Valley's darlings, has struggled to find its place in the new world of cloud computing. Skepticism over its long-term viability continues because of unprecedented challenges, and some execution and strategic missteps. However, it keeps delivering growth and sound financial performance, contradicting critics. Part of this is due to the growing maturation of the software-defined data center (SDDC) and the increasing popularity of infrastructure-as-code (IaC). This report helps infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals understand the issues affecting VMware and its pundit-defying staying power.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Huawei Is Unifying Its Cloud Strategy But Must Strengthen Its Software

    The Firm Still Needs To Improve Analytics, AI, Automation, And Orchestration

    July 10, 2017Travis Wu, Dan Bieler, Randy Heffner, Charlie Dai, Andre Kindness

    CIOs can no longer see Huawei as just a telco equipment provider. In 2016, Huawei's annual revenue grew by 32% to US$75 billion, 59% of which came from outside of China — making it the largest global network solutions vendor by revenue. Huawei is transforming into a more comprehensive tech company and competing with global cloud players. This report offers insights that will help CIOs understand where Huawei is heading and how they can collaborate with the vendor to further their own digital journeys.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Pick The Right IoT Network Strategy

    Sorting Through The Latest Wireless Technologies And Choosing The Right Architecture To Connect IoT Devices

    June 14, 2017Andre Kindness, Michele Pelino

    Network-connected sensors and actuators improve business operations and transform products. But internet-of-things (IoT) requirements stretch current enterprise networking technologies past their breaking points. Thus, a dizzying array of new low-power networking technologies has materialized. To help infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals navigate this new landscape, this report defines a taxonomy of low-power transport technologies, provides an overview of the technologies in each category, and highlights the emergence of multibusiness networks.

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