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Al Gillen

Group Vice President, Software Development and Open Source

As Group Vice President, Software Development and Open Source, Al Gillen oversees IDC's software development research portfolio. Research disciplines in this group include developer research covering census, demographics and developer activities; platform and cloud application services for developers, and developer lifecycle and quality assurance products. In addition, Mr. Gillen jointly oversees IDC's DevOps research program, and runs a program focused on the ecosystem of open source software pan-industry.

The massive digital transformation taking place in the industry today is leading to an arms race to build modern applications using modern development techniques, and deploy those applications on modern infrastructure. The growing shift to a DevOps deployment and lifecycle model, and the emergence of tools and services built on open source software to support this shift, highlights the value of this portfolio.

In his 18th year at IDC, Mr. Gillen has participated in numerous IDC research areas, including infrastructure software (operating environments and virtualization software), enterprise servers, and developer software and services. He has long tracked open source software in infrastructure software markets, and now has expanded open source coverage to cover other market segments.

During his career at IDC, Mr. Gillen participated many studies that tie platform research and system software research together, including mapping workloads to software markets, business value, ROI and cost of ownership studies, the business value of virtualization, and server platform migration. This research has been conducted across operating systems including Linux, Windows and Unix.

Mr. Gillen is an industry advisor to major server vendors, infrastructure software vendors, and numerous companies participating in the open source ecosystem, as well as to end-use organizations. He has participated at numerous industry events as a keynote presenter, panel moderator, and as a subject matter expert at product launches. He is frequently quoted in trade and business publications around the world.

Prior to joining IDC, Mr. Gillen served as editor-in-chief for two computer industry trade publications. Mr. Gillen began his career as a software developer, and performed embedded system design and developed real-time software applications for a 10-year period. He holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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Linux Foundation Aims for Bigger Goals

Sep 2017 - IDC Link - Doc # lcUS43062617

by: Al Gillen

The Linux Foundation has launched multiple new projects that are intended to bolster the role of open source software (OSS), and improve its quality, and to develop metrics that have the potential to improve the quality and accountability a...
Oracle has effectively started down a path to transfer the governance of the Java Enterprise Edition (EE) platform to an open source foundation, a move that will be well received by most of the community including other technology vendors t...
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Market Analysis Perspective: Worldwide Open Source Ecosystem, 2017

Sep 2017 - Market Analysis Perspective - Doc # US42055217

by: Al Gillen

This IDC Market Analysis Perspective (MAP) summarizes the evolving open source software market, including trends affecting related surrounding technologies. This MAP includes information on market development, the projects that are evolving...
IDC Market Glance: Open Source Ecosystem Software, 3Q17

Sep 2017 - Market Presentation - Doc # US43071417

by: Al Gillen

This IDC Market Glance provides a graphical view of open source software projects associated with key system infrastructure software and application development and deployment software technologies. It includes representative open source pr...
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