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: LoWPAN Technologies Redefine Wireless Infrastructure And Operations

    How To Pick The Right Low-Power Wireless Personal-Area Networking Technology

    July 31, 2018Andre Kindness

    While 5G and low-power 4G derivatives are often the focus in internet-of-things (IoT) connectivity discussions, most IoT devices — due to fit, form, and function — will transmit over very short distances using one or more low-power wireless personal-area networking (LoWPAN) technologies. Failing to understand the characteristics of the short-range wireless technologies that share space with Wi-Fi can derail your IoT initiatives — and even collapse your wireless infrastructure. This report guides infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals through these LoWPAN technologies to help them develop a better wireless environment and highlights the technologies that support the creation of new IoT applications.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: The Top Emerging Technologies To Watch 2018

    July 11, 2018 Brian Hopkins, Christian Austin, Andre Kindness, James Staten, Brandon Purcell, Nate Fleming, Frank E. Gillett, Jeffrey S. Hammond, Martha Bennett, J. P. Gownder

    To outpace the competition, CIOs must keep a constant finger on the pulse of technology change. Forrester has identified 12 emerging technologies with massive disruptive potential; their impact will be seen across a range of products, services, and solutions. This report helps CIOs zero in on the technologies most worthy of their focus, strategic planning, and investment.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Five Networking Metrics To Discard — And Five To Embrace

    Traditional Networking Metrics Are Smothering Your Digital Initiatives

    May 18, 2018Andre Kindness

    Metrics are key to using technology correctly and enabling smart business decisions. While many networking organizations have adopted new technologies, few have changed their measurements systems; infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals tell us they haven't made many gains in operational efficiency or the ability to meet the dynamic nature of today's business. In this report, Forrester highlights five networking metrics that you should toss and recommends five new ones to embrace.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: The Forrester Wave™: Hardware Platforms For Software-Defined Networking, Q1 2018

    Tools And Technology: The Infrastructure Transformation Playbook

    March 7, 2018Andre Kindness

    In our 40-criteria evaluation of data center hardware platforms for software-defined networking (SDN), we identified the nine most significant players — Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, Arista Networks, Extreme Networks (which recently acquired Brocade Communications System's data center networking business), Cisco Systems, Cumulus Networks, Dell, Huawei, Juniper Networks, and Pluribus Networks — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps infrastructure and operations professionals (I&O) make the right choice.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: IoT Use Case Requirements Will Shape Your Need For 5G

    How To Gauge The Readiness Of 5G And Its Impact On Your Network Strategy

    February 9, 2018 Michele Pelino, Andre Kindness, Dan Bieler

    Vendors and the media are spurring interest in the promise of 5G networks to enable enterprises to deploy internet of things (IoT)-enabled use cases requiring high bandwidth, ultra-low latency, and differentiated service characteristics. 5G network standards are still in development, and broad commercial deployments in selected metropolitan cities aren't likely to start until 2019. This report gives infrastructure and operations (I&O) stakeholders insight into where 5G networks can play a role in IoT initiatives and how to prepare for 5G network availability.

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