Mike Chuba is the Managing VP of Compute, a key part of Research & Advisory’s Infrastructure & Operations organization. He leads a team of six analysts, in addition to covering the IBM mainframe market and co-chairing the Gartner IT Infrastructure, Operations Management & Data Center Conference.
From Mike’s manager, Sheila Childs, Managing Vice President of Infrastructure:
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Mike for only a few of the many years he’s been here at Gartner. While he easily moves into new roles and adapts to change quickly, my favorite thing about Mike is that he’s a walking, talking history lesson on Gartner’s early years. Gartner is very fortunate to have Mike with us all these years — he’s a great analyst, manager and teammate.”
Mike was generous enough to share his experiences and reflections on his 35-year tenure at Gartner:
What brought you to Gartner?
An ad placed in the local newspaper. The company had developed a product that modeled supply and demand for mainframe computers and disk drives, as well as the impact on pricing and residual values in the secondary market. I was brought in to run, nurture and expand that model and write the reports. I joined as one of 13 analysts in our research organization, but the only one without an industry background.
What roles have you had at Gartner?
I have been a Research & Advisory analyst my entire Gartner career, responsible for covering IBM as a vendor and its mainframe as a product since the early 1980s. Over time, I augmented my coverage with topics such as Y2K, storage hardware, cost optimization, data center modernization and consolidation. Last year, I joined Research & Advisory’s management team; it has brought new challenges and opportunities.
I have also been heavily involved with Gartner’s longest-running event, the Data Center conference, since its inception more than 30 years ago. I take great pride in its evolution and in keeping it as relevant and vibrant as possible.
Tell us about an interesting experience you’ve had at Gartner or something you’d like to share.
During the 2012 Data Center conference, I had the pleasure of introducing Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger as our guest speaker. As he came to the stage, the entire room erupted in thunderous applause in recognition of his bravery and skills in safely landing a U.S. Airways plane in New York’s Hudson River with 155 people on board. With 99% of conference attendees traveling by air, there was tremendous, heartfelt appreciation and respect for what he did. The “Miracle on the Hudson” hero remains my favorite speaker of all time.
What’s kept you at Gartner for so many years?
I love the culture of intellectual curiosity, passion, energy and collegiality — and being able to work with some of the brightest minds in the business. I’ve also had great managers, who gave me the freedom to pursue topics that intrigued me.
What advice would you give to someone just starting out in their career at Gartner?
Figure out how your passions, interpersonal skills and talents map against Gartner’s needs and go for it!
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