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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

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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While APIs Are Catching Fire, Don’t Forget About Design

by Eric Knipp  |  April 30, 2013

According to Forbes, the “API market is on fire“. My conversations with Gartner clients on this topic would seem to confirm the article’s top line. In the first quarter, only application PaaS crowded out APIs as the most popular topic for my client dialogues (and that’s counting the fact that for the month of March, […]

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Libraries vs. Services

by Eric Knipp  |  March 20, 2013

While attending the Gartner BI Summit in Grapevine, TX yesterday I had a meeting with a client that made me facepalm a little. The client in question was telling me about his need to educate his development staff in a number of critical areas, ranging from application lifecycle management, to data access patterns, to SOA […]

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PaaS-O-Nomics 101

by Eric Knipp  |  October 9, 2012

PaaS reduces the incremental cost of a custom application. Because demand for custom applications is elastic with respect to price, maturation and proliferation of PaaS will drive growth in custom application development. The Debate. I’ve been engaged in a discussion with a colleague about the relative importance of application development vs. application delivery. This might […]

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Catalyst Debrief

by Eric Knipp  |  August 27, 2012

I just returned home to Dallas after participating in my first Gartner Catalyst conference. The event was impressive with tons of content and almost 1800 attendees on-site, not including Gartner staff. I’ve presented at a number of Gartner Symposia and Summit events and I was struck by the deep level of attendee engagement at Catalyst. […]

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So, you want to be an analyst…

by Eric Knipp  |  March 30, 2012

It is a bittersweet thing to say goodbye to a great team member while opening the door for a new, potentially great team member. Sean Kenefick is leaving our team to pursue entrepreneurial interests. Sean has done a great job covering ALM, DevOps and other software development life cycle issues. I wish Sean all the […]

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Deliberate vs. Accidental Identities

by Eric Knipp  |  March 22, 2012

Yesterday I had the good fortune to attend a breakfast talk given by Cowboy great Drew Pearson at the SMU campus here in Plano. Besides earning a place in the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor last year in recognition of his NFL greatness, Drew is a successful marketing executive, life coach, and motivational speaker. Drew gave a […]

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Leading by Example – Architects Should Code

by Eric Knipp  |  March 11, 2012

Sitting on a flight from Dallas/Fort-Worth to Orlando for Gartner’s Orlando Portals, Content, and Collaboration Summit, I just observed an event that reminded me of why I believe so strongly that architects ought to cut code themselves. We’re being redirected around the leading edges of a storm line stretching from southwestern Arkansas all the way […]

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Don’t Bring a Differentiated Knife to a Commodity Gun Fight

by Eric Knipp  |  March 6, 2012

Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced yet another cut in its infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) pricing (it also announced cuts in select PaaS capabilities, including the relational database service). I’ve been telling Gartner clients for years that this will never stop. is a retailer and at its core, AWS is a retail business. It is a mistake to look […]

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