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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: Now Tech: Virtual Network Infrastructure Switching Fabric, Q2 2020

    Forrester's Overview Of 14 VNI Switching Fabric Providers

    April 22, 2020Andre Kindness

    Business and technology leaders can use virtual networking infrastructure (VNI) switching fabric to connect business resources, enhance customer interactions, and deliver new services and products. But to realize these benefits, they'll first have to select from a diverse set of switching vendors that vary by size, functionality, geography, and vertical market focus. Infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals should use this report to understand the value they can expect from a VNI switching fabric provider and to select a solution based on size and solution functionality.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Research Overview: Enterprise Networking Technology For 2020

    A Guide To Building Your Next-Generation Network Using The Five Tenets Of Virtual Network Infrastructure

    April 22, 2020Andre Kindness

    I&O professionals need to acknowledge and adopt two concepts. First, they must create the network as a businesswide system built on good design principles — not disparate, isolated concepts — that can support a long-term business and technology strategy. Second, they must base the networking infrastructure on principles to create customer engagement. This report gives infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals an overview highlighting those themes, frameworks, and new approaches for designing, deploying, and managing the next-generation business network.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: IoT Connectivity: Align The Wide Array Of Options With Your Requirements

    An Overview Of The Low-Power Wireless Technology Choices Augmenting Today's Networks

    February 26, 2020Andre Kindness, Michele Pelino

    Network-connected sensors and actuators improve business operations and transform products. But internet-of-things (IoT) requirements stretch traditional enterprise wireless technologies past their breaking points. A dizzying array of low-power networking technologies have emerged over the past five years. Infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals can navigate this new landscape using this report, which defines a taxonomy of low-power transport technologies, provides an overview of the technologies in each category, and highlights the emergence of multibusiness networks.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Jump-Start Your Network Automation

    Four Random Automation Characteristics Fuel Networking Automation Adoption

    February 6, 2020Andre Kindness, Chris Gardner

    C-level professionals have accelerated their investments in automation to achieve greater business competitiveness. Inside infrastructure and operations (I&O) teams, automation has taken hold, from hybrid cloud management to continuous delivery. However, even after virtualizing network functions and deploying programmable switches, most enterprise networking teams have done little to move network automation forward. This report provides I&O professionals guidance on what to do to automate their network and where and how to do it.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: SDWAN — More Than Just Cutting WAN Costs

    Definition, Benefits, And The Market Landscape For SDWAN

    December 2, 2019Andre Kindness, Abhijit Sunil

    A software-defined WAN (SDWAN) approach has pivoted past the technology inflection point and moved beyond PowerPoint slide decks touting lower WAN costs. It's become a key element in supporting the emerging businesswide fabric — a highly automated mode of networking far beyond simple network plumbing. Infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders can use this report to understand the fundamental elements of and available market options for SDWAN.

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