Richard Fichera

Vice President, Principal Analyst serving Infrastructure & Operations PROFESSIONALS

Richard is a member of Forrester's Infrastructure & Operations research team and has coverage responsibilities for servers and data center architecture and transformation. Among the core technologies he focuses on are blade and modular servers, converged infrastructure, virtualization and management of virtual data center resources, enterprise cloud infrastructure, and techniques for data center transformation.

Previous Work Experience

Richard recently returned to Forrester after spending four years as director of BladeSystem strategy at Hewlett-Packard. He was responsible for planning future technology products as well as serving as an executive sponsor for large financial service companies; participating in merger and acquisition projects; and serving as a member of HP's Technology Advisory Council team, which solicited input from a group of senior customer representatives. Richard was also a member of the startup team at Egenera, an early blade server and virtualization pioneer.

During his 10-year tenure at Forrester, Richard consulted with many large companies on their technology road maps and strategy, emerging technologies and their role in the organizations, vendor management and selection, and data center migration and transformation.


Richard has a combined degree in computer science, operations research, and statistics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Richard Fichera's Research

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report: The Software-Defined Data Center Is The Future Of Infrastructure Architecture

    Over the last two decades, IT infrastructure and operations (I&O) teams have been in a race with complexity. As business requirements have mounted, generations of technology have been implemente...

    • Downloads: 1632
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report: Strategic Benchmarks 2013: IT Infrastructure

    This report provides IT infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals with strategic benchmarks to compare their IT infrastructure budgets, priorities, motivations, and technology adoption t...

    • Downloads: 1457
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report: Develop Infrastructure Metrics Using The Balanced Scorecard

    This report outlines Forrester's solution for developing effective objectives and metrics to measure and transform your infrastructure practice and strengthen your business technology (BT) agend...

    • Downloads: 1251
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report: Five Data Center And IT Infrastructure Lessons From The Cloud Giants

    Amazon. Microsoft. Rackspace. The economics and efficiencies of the world's largest cloud and hosting service providers are an aspiration for some in enterprise IT — but a ...

    • Downloads: 1093
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report: Server And Data Center Predictions For 2012

    This report outlines Forrester's solution for infrastructure and operations executives working on data center infrastructure. This report is designed to help you build a road map for 2012. Looki...

    • Downloads: 1197
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