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Eric Knipp
Managing Vice President
3 years at Gartner
15 years IT industry

Eric Knipp is a Managing Vice President in Gartner Research, where he focuses on Web and cloud application development methodologies and trends. Mr. Knipp is based in Dallas, Texas. Read Full Bio

Caching and Silver Bullets

by Eric Knipp  |  March 5, 2015

“There are no silver bullets in software engineering” is a well worn phrase since it was first coined by Fred Brooks in the eighties. Although most developers probably don’t know where the phrase originated, they intuitively grok the general thesis: “There is no single development, in either technology or management technique, which by itself promises even […]

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Cloud Applications: Proper Prior Planning Prevents Proprietary Penalization

by Eric Knipp  |  January 28, 2015

If you’re considering the cloud for custom application development, you’re probably licking your chops over its promise of rapid time to value, smooth scalability and the prospect of delegating the management of the underlying I&O mess to a cloud service provider. Cloud-native applications promise to unleash the productivity of the next generation of developers. Not so fast. Value […]

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Come and see us at AADI London

by Eric Knipp  |  May 1, 2014

The Gartner Application Architecture, Development, and Integration season is upon us! Every year, Gartner Events runs a series of events geared toward the application delivery leader. The biggest is in Vegas, but there are satellite events in Sydney and London. Owing to the presence of Technical Insights content geared toward demonstrating the GTP (formerly Burton) […]

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Crowdsourcing Enterprise Apps

by Eric Knipp  |  April 4, 2014

Crowdsourcing has become well known because of high-flying concepts like the X Prize and the Netflix Prize. And everybody has heard of Amazon Mechanical Turk. Less well known are coding puzzle sites like Project Euler and HackerRank. Then there are the hidden gems for Application Development organizations – the crowdsourcing AD vendors like [topcoder] and uTest. That Crowdsourcing […]

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Hey Kid, Want Some Candy?

by Eric Knipp  |  April 2, 2014

At the BUILD conference Microsoft announced that Windows is free for all mobile devices with screens smaller than nine inches. That means for phones and some tablets, Windows is basically free.. as in beer. Awesome! Let’s back up for a minute and really think about this. The last few years, Microsoft has gone from a […]

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Don’t Let API Management Wag the Dog

by Eric Knipp  |  August 2, 2013

I had a great week at Gartner Catalyst where I spent time with many clients and got to catch up with friends old and new. Gartner analysts speaking at our conferences not only present on-stage, we spend a large amount of our time in one-on-one sessions with attendees. During these one-on-ones, we try to help […]

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The Getting Carded Hype Cycle

by Eric Knipp  |  July 28, 2013

A little levity before we start off Gartner Catalyst. A b-school friend of mine pointed out that as we go through life in the US, there’s a bit of a love/hate relationship with getting “carded” for alcohol purchase. I realized immediately that this relationship bears a striking resemblance to something we know well at Gartner.. […]

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Catalyzing Convergence

by Eric Knipp  |  July 26, 2013

I’ll be in San Diego next week at the annual Gartner Catalyst conference. “Convergence” is the theme this year. Specifically, the convergence of mobile, social, and information – all backed by cloud – to bring about new opportunities and challenges for enterprises and IT professionals alike. My team is presenting a “virtual track” of application architecture […]

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Private PaaS is For Real

by Eric Knipp  |  May 20, 2013

Large enterprises are very interested in the PaaS value proposition, but much less interested in making strategic commitments to public PaaS. This is generally true of public cloud overall. Only in the SaaS area do we see substantially less durdling by our enterprise clients. My working theory is that this is mostly because popular SaaS options […]

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Reminiscing on AADI London 2013

by Eric Knipp  |  May 17, 2013

I am heading back to Germany after a few fun days in London at the Gartner AADI conference. We had a good show, with a high level of attendee enthusiasm and interaction. I had good 1-on-1s and a very engaged (if small) set of workshops on .NET in the cloud, private PaaS, and cloud application […]

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