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Richard Watson
Research VP
5 years at Gartner
21 years IT industry

Richard Watson is an analyst in Gartner's Technical Professionals Research Service. He advises clients on cloud computing, application architecture, and application platforms. ...Read Full Bio

I Don’t Always Evaluate PaaS with a List of Criteria, But When I do, it’s This List.

by Richard Watson  |  July 16, 2015

I talk to many Gartner clients tasked with evaluating PaaS for developing and operating cloud applications.  Many of them are creating sets of requirements to use in RFPs and RFIs with PaaS providers. Others are just kicking the tires of the services and seeing what happens when they create and deploy applications. I think both […]

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Ok, We Get it, Docker’s Great. But what for?

by Richard Watson  |  May 1, 2015

By now, we’ve all heard “Docker, Docker, Docker” coming from every available channel. Ok, we get it, Docker’s great. But what can you use it for? I’m not much of a detective writer, so I’m going to spoil the ending here by giving you a preview of use cases assessments from my just published “Assessing Docker and […]

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Docker Democratizes Virtualization for DevOps-Minded Developers and Administrators

by Richard Watson  |  March 26, 2015

Container frameworks, such as Docker, is certainly a technology high on the Hype Cycle.  Docker has been adopted voraciously by typical early adopters (for example, high-scale Web properties and cloud infrastructure players), but what makes it stand out from other leading edge developer tools is an appetite for adoption beyond the usual leading edge. Despite […]

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Visualizing the Discipline of Cloud Architecture

by Richard Watson  |  February 9, 2015

Cloud architecture is a hot topic in my Gartner client discussions. Experienced architects understand that cloud represents a discontinuity in established patterns and we need new architecture models and practices to maximise our cloud adoption. Lots of client discussions I’m having cover questions like: What techniques should I use to migrate an application to a […]

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Planning for 2013 – What Should Application Delivery Teams be doing about Mobile, Social, Cloud and Information Forces?

by Richard Watson  |  November 8, 2012

Last week our “2013 Planning Guide for Application Delivery Strategies: Mobile, Cloud, Social, and Information” was published on [1]. It discusses the Nexus of Forces — the convergence and mutual reinforcement of social, mobile, cloud and information trends — and the profound implications for all of IT. Our planning guide describes how application development […]

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My Catalyst Conference Takeaways

by Richard Watson  |  August 29, 2012

I’m just back from my fifth Catalyst conference in San Diego. This was the biggest Catalyst ever, at almost 1800 attendees, proof that Gartner for Technical Professional analysts have something special to offer their architect constituency. I didn’t come away with any vendor swag, but I did distil these three takeaways from all the stage sessions, […]

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Why would we want a private PaaS?

by Richard Watson  |  May 3, 2012

Private PaaS is overcoming existential angst, to really keep me busy in terms of client inquiries. For some people, private PaaS is an oxymoron: ‘how can it be a service if my organization hosts the infrastructure’? Admittedly, to date, most of the discussion about PaaS has been purely in terms of describing a public cloud […]

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Is it a PaaS? Who cares. AWS launches a PHP option for Elastic Beanstalk

by Richard Watson  |  March 21, 2012

What happened yesterday?  Amazon Web Services launched a PHP option for Elastic Beanstalk. Apart from studiously avoiding the PaaS word, what Jeff Barr and Werner Vogels don’t say in their posts introducing the update is that this is clearly a Facebook app play.  Heroku has been enjoying mindshare as go-to cloud platform for Facebook backends, now AWS wants to compete with […]

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