September 20, 2016

Advisory Team


Philip Farahmand


Prior to Joining Techonomics Research Mr. Farahmand spent 8 years at Gartner as Bussiness development and account executive. Philip Farahmand has over 25 years of experience in semiconductor and enterprise hardware/software solution business focused on marketing communications, new product introduction, business development and sales. Philip held several sales and marketing positions with companies such as White Microelectronics (A Microsemi Company), STEC (A Western Digital Company), Cypress Semiconductor, Philips Semiconductor (Now NXP) and most recently Gartner Inc. Philip holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Engineering, and anMaster of Business Administration (MBA) in Industrial Management from Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI).

CIO and C-Suite Advisory

Arman Naghavi

Management Advisor

Coverage: High Performance Analog, Power Management, Wireless Power Products and Technologies

Arman Naghavi has more than 30 years of experience in high-performance analog and power markets and technologies. Most recently, Mr. Naghavi served as the Vice President and divisional general manager of Analog and Power division of Integrated Device Technology (IDT), where he started the division from its inception focusing on highly successful Wireless Power products. Prior to IDT, Naghavi was the vice president and general manager of the analog, mixed-signal and power division at Freescale Semiconductor. Naghavi was instrumental in expanding and building Freescale’s analog business in consumer, industrial and telecommunication markets while managing a large business in the automotive market. Before joining Freescale, Naghavi was the vice president and general manager of consumer power division at Intersil Corporation, where he started the division and created a sizable and highly profitable business in just three years. Naghavi worked at Analog Devices for 19 years in various engineering, marketing, and management roles.

Ken Dulaney

CIO and C-Suite Advisor

Coverage: Mobility

Ken is a noted expert in the field of mobility and related subjects. Ken provides advisor services to end users and vendors in the areas of both strategy and implementation. Most recently, Ken was with Gartner for 23 years, his last position was VP and distinguished analyst. Prior to Gartner, Ken was Director of Product Marketing at GRiD Systems. At GRiD, he was involved with the development of the first true notebook computer and in 1989 released the first tablet computer, the GRiDPad. Ken has worked in previous positions as an IT Director for various firms and in the consulting field with Deloitte Consulting. Ken has provided product and marketing solutions for a variety of vendors using his strong knowledge of IT needs and industry applications. Ken has a strong understanding of IT operations and has helped end users conceptualize and build IT solutions that revolutionize business processes. He is an expert on product design in marketing those products to customers.

Didier Kane

CIO and C-Suite Advisor

Coverage: Growth Strategy

Dr. Didier Kane is a recognized expert on growth strategies and is CEO/co-founder of Business Science Consultants, Ltd., where small to mid-size companies define and implement impactful strategic planning, raise capital or plan for selling. His clients span a number of industries including Automotive, Cloud Computing, Construction, Electronics, Energy, Food, Insurance, Industrial, IT, Medical Devices, Pharma, Semiconductor, Software, Telecom and is considered a guru for screening and analyzing markets. As Managing Director and Partner at Denary, he has advised a number of technology clients on how to maximize their valuation ahead of a future exit or IPO. For the last 3 years, Dr. Kane has also been an executive coach to a number of CEOs. Prior to this, Dr. Kane had a number of senior and executive roles at Fortune 500 companies. He has also been Chairman of the Manufacturing Methods Council of Sematech and is advisor on the Board of companies in Telecom, Nanotechnology, Software as well as on the Board of the French American Business Council. Dr. Didier Kane holds a PhD in Electronics from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (Lyon-France) and an Executive MBA in International Finance from the AT&T School of Business.

Leslie Fiering

CIO and C-Suite Advisor

Coverage: Notebook, Tablets and Emerging Mobile Form Factors, BYOD, End-user Strategies of the Future, Scenarios for “Office of the Future”

Leslie Fiering has been an IT professional for nearly 35 years working with Fortune 1000 companies and IT vendors of all sizes to cover end-user computing policy, support, hardware selection and strategy. Increasingly, Leslie has been focusing on creating the office of the future within the digital workplace. This entails helping IT and enterprise vendors understand the physical underpinnings required for smart offices, smart buildings and new digital tools for enhanced worker engagement and productivity. Leslie Fiering was previously at Gartner for 26 years. Prior to working for Gartner, Ms. Fiering was an Assistant Vice President at Banker’s Trust in the IT department.

Semiconductor Advisory

Parviz Ghaffaripour

Semiconductor Advisor

Coverage: Audio, Interface, Power Management, Analog

Parviz is a seasoned executive in the High Tech industry with a proven track record in generating successful ventures. Leveraging his business and technical expertise, he has identified and built up technical innovations and revenue growth during his tenures at Akros Silicon, Advanced Analogic Technologies Inc., Maxim Integrated Products, National Semiconductor Corp and Exar Corp. Currently, Parviz serves as a consultant, advisor or Board member helping start-ups and public companies with their technology roadmaps, fundraising efforts, operational execution and M&As. His current portfolio covers a diverse group of companies in BioTech, Wireless, IoT, Social Media and Power Management. During his successful career, Parviz has been responsible for introduction of many of our Industry’s Firsts: Smallest Profile Power SoC Module, USB/Ethernet/UART Bridges (Exar), Fully Integrated Isolated Power SoC (Akros), AC-coupled LVDS SerDes (Maxim), “Boomer” Audio Power Amp, AC-97 Architecture, First LVDS Phy (National Semi) among others.

Mansour Izadinia

Semiconductor Advisor

Coverage: Audio, Interface, Power Management, Analog

Mansour Izadinia was Senior Vice President at Micrel Secmicondutor from 2011 until the company’s acquisition by Microchip Technologies in 2015. At Micrel, Mr. Izadinia managed the company’s Analog, and Timing divisions and was instrumental to the company’s transformation to a leading edge power management company. He also managed the company’s Technology Development groups including process and packaging technology groups. Prior to Micrel, he was the Senior Vice President of Integrated Device Techology (IDT) from 2009 to 2011. Prior to IDT, Mr. Izadinia was at Maxim Integrated Products from 1994 to 2009 where he started and managed a division focusing on power management products for the industrial, automotive and communications markets. Under his leadership the division generated several hundred million dollars of revenue with substantial profits. Prior to Maxim, Mr. Izadinia held several technical roles at National semiconductor from 1984 to 1994 within the Analog and Automotive divisions of National semiconductor. Mr. Izadinia graduated with a BSEE from UCLA and and MSEE from Santa Clara University. He holds numerous patents on the semiconductor circuits and technologies.

Satish R.M.

Semiconductor Advisor

Coverage: Automotive Electronics and Semiconductors

Satish R.M brings close to 15 years of experience in the automotive electronics and semiconductor industries. This includes technology research in Gartner covering semiconductors and electronics markets, as Principal Research Analyst. His primary focus areas were embedded systems, software and connected solutions advising several clients across the hi-tech industry value chain. Prior to Gartner he has held various positions in Delphi, Freescale and Mandate carrying out diverse roles with Systems Engineering, Product Management, GTM and Business Development responsibilities. He currently advises early stage, emerging start-ups and product engineering services firms in the IoT arena, enabling their GTM strategies by means of independent research and analysis.

Mehdi Behnami

Semiconductor Advisor

Coverage: MEMS Sensors, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), Silicon/MEMS/Quartz Timing products

Mr. Mehdi Behnami is an experienced executive with over 20 years of experience in large and small companies and has worked for Fortune 500 companies in Silicon Valley. He has worked in many marketing/sales and engineering roles spanning from senior management position in marketing to real-time software development, modeling and simulation of electric cars for startups as well as large size companies. Shipping the world’s first MEMS oscillator (2008) and enabling Optical Image Stabilization in mobile market (2013) are a few of his achievements. Mr Behnami received his Master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Iowa.

Jim Turley

Semiconductor Advisor

Coverage: CPU and GPU

Jim Turley is an acknowledged authority on microprocessor chips, embedded systems, and intellectual-property licensing. He is the author of seven books and Editor of Electronic Engineering Journal. He was previously the President/CEO of a publicly traded microprocessor firm and Senior VP at another public microprocessor IP company, was Editor-in-Chief of the prestigious industry journal Microprocessor Report (a three-time winner of the Computer Press Award), Editor-in-Chief of Embedded Systems Design magazine, and chairman of several annual industry events. Jim is a regular speaker at industry gatherings and is frequently quoted in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, San Jose Mercury News, and other media and appears regularly on television, radio, and Internet broadcasts.

James Montgomery

Semiconductor Advisor

Coverage: CPU Architecture, Embedded Processors, High Performance Computing

Mr Montgomery has spent his career delivering high performance solutions for the cloud data center and service provider markets. This includes providing customized products focused on compute, networking and security acceleration. He has hands-on product marketing and product development experience with ARM64, x86, MIPS64 and PowerPC architectures based on his tenures at Broadcom Corporation, Cavium Inc, Freescale Semiconductors, and Motorola. Mr. Montgomery holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

Steve Ohr

Analog Semiconductor and Power Management Advisor

Coverage: Analog, Power Management

Steve Ohr needs no introduction he is known trough out electronic industry for his work, he has over 39 years of experience. Previously Mr. Ohr was at Gartner, as a Semiconductor Industry Analyst, Specializing in Analog and Power Semiconductors, Generated Forecasts, Market Share Reports, and Competitive Landscapes. Prior to Gartner, he was at Asian Electronics Engineer, Computer Design Magazine, EE Times, Planet Analog, and Embedded Systems. Mr. Ohr holds Jesse Neil Award (1985), the trade magazine industry’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, for some of the earliest reporting on RISC microprocessor development. Mr. Ohr holds Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering (BSIE), and Master of Arts (MA) in Sociology.

Jim Handy

Semiconductor Advisor

Coverage: DRAM, NAND, SSD, Other Emerging Memory Technologies

Jim Handy, a widely recognized Semiconductor Advisor, comes to Techonomics Research with over 30 years in the electronics industry including 14 years as an industry analyst for Dataquest (now Gartner) and Semico Research. His background includes marketing and design positions at market-leading suppliers including Intel, National Semiconductor, and Infineon. He has written hundreds of articles for trade journals, Dataquest, Semico, and other prior employers, and is frequently interviewed and quoted in the electronics trade press and other media. Mr. Handy Holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech. Mr. Handy also holds an MBA degree from the University of Phoenix. Mr. Handy is on the Advisor Board of the Flash Memory Summit, a member of the Embedded System Conference’s Embedded Leader Community, a member of the Mass Storage Technical Working Group of the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI), the chair of the iNEMI photovoltaics Product Emulator Group, a member of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) Solid State Storage Initiative (SSSI).

Ravi Kalavakunta, PhD

Semiconductor Advisor

Coverage: Wireless Technology and Semiconductors

Dr. Ravi Kalavakunta is a Wireless/Mobile Industry Executive & Technology Evangelist with more than 30 years of deep technical expertise, research, strategy and technical product marketing experience. Until recently, as a Director of Strategic/Technical Marketing with QUALCOMM, Inc. in San Diego for over 11 years, Dr. Ravi led various key initiatives in technology analysis and messaging, market research & analytics, competitive market intelligence, industry analyst relations, strategy and analysis, technology standards, technical/product marketing, strategic marketing, and global business development. Dr. Ravi is one of the prominent technology evangelists and industry influencers that helped position 3G/4G as the dominant mobile broadband technology across the world. He championed global ecosystem development through compelling technology roadshows, marketing campaigns and industry presentations promoting 3G/4G/5G – LTE/LTE-A, Small cells, IoT/Wearables, WiFi/WiMAX, Smart Home/Smart Cities, Wireless Healthcare, and Augmented Reality technologies and products. Prior to that, Dr. Ravi held various technical and management positions in wireless and satellite industries, with CDMA and OFDM as major focus areas. Dr. Ravi earned his PhD in Electronic Communication Engineering from the University of Bath, UK as a Commonwealth Scholar, Masters in Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and Bachelors in Technology from the S V University, Tirupati, India. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, USA and has over 30 research publications to his credit.

Tom Starnes

Semiconductor Advisor

Coverage: Microcontrollers, Embedded Processors, DSP, Processor IP

Tom Starnes is arguably the best-known embedded processor analyst in the semiconductor industry. Covering a range of products, Mr. Starnes has spent more than 15 years analyzing the architectures, vendors, strategies, and markets of programmable microprocessors (MPU), microcontrollers (MCU), digital signal processors (DSP), and processor cores (intellectual property – IP) that play a quiet but vital role in anything electronic in our lives. He frequently advises organizations behind the Embedded Systems Conferences, ARM® TechCon and similar industry forums, and he actively participates in the events. Mr. Starnes has over ten years at Gartner Dataquest, preceded by a long tenure in Motorola’s semiconductor operations (now, Freescale Semiconductors) in strategic, technical, and tactical marketing and management. Academically, Mr. Starnes has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas. More of Mr. Starnes’ background can be found on his Strategy Sanity website.

Dan Scovel

Semiconductor Advisor

Coverage: CPU, GPU

Mr. Scovel is a Semiconductor Advisor with Techonomics Research. He began his professional career in technical sales and marketing roles in 1984 with Advanced Micro Devices, experienced two small start-up companies, and then spent the last six years of his industry tenure with Cirrus Logic where he supported the firm’s Japanese market development. He began his career as a senior Semiconductor Advisor with Fahnestock & Company in 1996, was recruited by Needham & Company in April 2000, and founded Tokeneke Research in 2005. Mr. Scovel obtained his undergraduate BS degree in electrical engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle and his MBA, with an emphasis in finance, from Santa Clara University located in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Mayank Jain

Semiconductor Advisor

Coverage: Semiconductor Intellectual Property

Mr. Jain has over 10 years high tech experience with a focus on technology research and competitive/market intelligence for the Semiconductor and other technology domains. Mr. Jain has been involved in market research, business development, strategic & tactical marketing, presales & customer relationship roles. Has been associated with companies such as Cyient (Formerly Infotech Enterprises), Microsemi, MarketsandMarkets, Gartner (Through WNS) & Calibrated Groups. Mayank is the author of over 25 syndicated reports, 10 consulting studies and has mentored more than 40 reports so far. Mr. Jain has exceptional people management and team building and negotiation skills and has lead team sizes upto 25 analysts. Mr. Jain holds a Masters in Engineering specializing in Electronics –VLSI and is also a Certified VLSI Design Engineer from UCSC, California and Cadence Design Systems. His current interest is in researching around IOT Framework and applying it to various sectors of application.

Eric Bouche

Semiconductor Advisor

Coverage: Semiconductors

Eric Bouche is an expert Advisor Semiconductor Technology and Yield and Process Control. He was previously the technology Vice President at KLA-Tencor. Eric Bouche has more than 30 years industry experience and specializes in several semiconductor technologies including new memory inflection analysis, semiconductor manufacturing technologies such as benchmark and organization, segment shortage and investment plans, and semiconductor equipment technologies such as novel technology penetration and adoption, lithography roadmaps and penetration.

Tom Feist

Semiconductor Advisor

Coverage: FPGA, EDA

Tom Feist has over twenty-seven years’ experience in sales, strategic marketing and business development in Electronic Design Automation and Semiconductor industries specializing in Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). Prior to starting 1st2Market Consulting LLC, a sole proprietorship for sales, marketing and business development. He was a Senior Director of Marketing at Xilinx Inc. Before this, at Mentor Graphics, Inc., he was Group Director of Product Marketing, responsible for Mentor’s synthesis technologies. He has also held positions as Vice President of Marketing for Exemplar Logic, acquired by Mentor Graphics in 2001, and has served as a Product Marketing Manager, Technical Marketing Engineer, Account Manager, and Senior Field Application Engineer in the EDA industry. Feist began his career with hardware, software and ASIC design engineering positions at BBN Delta Graphics and the Boeing Aerospace Company. Feist holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering degree from Washington State University.

Byron Shilly

Semiconductor Advisor

Coverage: Semiconductor Database, Market Statistics

Byron Shilly has worked as a freelance web developer for several years, creating websites for a number of local companies and businesses. Prior to joining Techonomics Research Byron worked for Entreda, a bay area startup focused on Cloud Computing and IT, where he worked with others in software, hardware, and marketing. Byron Shilly is in progress to receive an Electrical Engineering BS from San Jose State University focusing on digital electronics.

Gus Vogel

Semiconductor Advisor

Coverage: Semiconductor Equipment and Frabrication

Mr. Vogel has more than 20 years of experience within the Semiconductor and Electronic Design Automation industries in senior roles including engineering, marketing, business development, sales, and operations with companies ranging in size from start-ups to large public global organizations. Mr. Vogel holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.

Ram Iyer

Semiconductor Advisor

Coverage: Timing Semiconductors, Clock, MEMS resonators, Crystal Oscillators

Mr. Ram Iyer has over 25 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. Mr. Iyer has been an advisor and consultant in the semiconductor industry since 2012. He held positions as Vice President and General Manager of the Timing; and Computing and Multimedia divisions of Integrated device technology between 2005 and 2012. Prior to IDT, he was the Vice President at Integrated Circuit systems where he was instrumental in developing and creating market leadership in every timing market segment between 1997 and 2005. Prior to that he held various design engineering and marketing positions at Sony corp. Mr. Iyer holds MSEE and MBA degrees.

Eric Spanneut

Semiconductor Advisor

Coverage: Memory, Mobile, Wireless Infrastructure

Eric brings 20 years of experience within the wireless and semiconductor industries in senior roles. Eric recently served as General Manager for Micron’s mobile memory product lines, where he played an instrumental role in the growth of the business from inception to multi-billion dollar revenues. Prior to that, he spent several years working for Samsung Electronics at their Seoul headquarters and held several significant strategic planning and business development roles in their smartphone, SLSI and memory divisions. Eric also grew a wireless engineering organization for Nortel Networks in China. Eric has a Master’s in Business Administration from INSEAD and a Master in Electrical Engineering from Telecom ParisTech, France.

Data Center Advisory

Claus Mikkelsen

Data Center Advisor

Coverage: Storage, Enterprise Systems, Disaster Recovery and Data Resiliency, Storage Trends, and Futures, Mainframe

Claus is a storage industry veteran of over 35 years, most recently as Chief Scientist at Hitachi Data Systems and prior to that, at IBM. His background includes not only research and development (he holds 16 patents in storage architectures), but the delivery of numerous intelligent functions in storage systems. These include patents on Copy on Write, synchronous replication for disaster recover, asynchronous replication, and snapshot technology. He is best known for developing function that transitioned the storage industry from commodity disk to the “value add” industry we see today. Additionally, Claus is considered one of the experts on disaster recovery and data resiliency, having spoken at numerous conferences on these subjects. He also co-authored a book on data center resiliency and has written numerous articles on the subject. Most recently, Claus has focused time on evaluating the various disruptive technologies in storage (SSD, cloud, big data, converged/hyper converged computing, etc.) to evaluate their impact on the industry. Claus has spoken at numerous conferences worldwide, having keynoted at SNIA, SHARE, financial conferences, and other events. His ability, as an engineer, is to view the industry, it’s products, and it’s trends, from the “inside out”. This gives him an unusual insight into the industry, and where it is headed.

Ben Woo

Data Center Advisor

Coverage: Storage and Hyperconvergence

Mr. Woo is a principal analyst for Neuralytix. His areas of specialties include storage, datacenter, and infrastructure.
Recognized, celebrated, provocative market visionary and thought leader, Mr. Woo frequently speaks at industry and customer events worldwide, is often quoted by leading business and technology press, advises Wall Street clients and other interested stakeholders.A self-confessed “closet geek”, Mr. Woo is uniquely able to articulate business values from complex technologies to help bridge the divide between technology and business leaders. Prior to Neuralytix, Mr. Woo was the Program Vice President of IDC’s Worldwide Storage Systems Research, where he led a team of analysts responsible for advising clients on the evolution and trends related to data storage systems. While at IDC, Mr. Woo also initiated the research program and was the lead analyst on Big Data.

Zeus Kerravala

Data Center Advisor

Coverage: Data Center Networks

Zeus Kerravala provides a mix of tactical advice to help his clients in the current business climate and long term strategic advice. Kerravala provides research and advice to the following constituents: End user IT and network managers, vendors of IT hardware, software and services and the financial community looking to invest in the companies that he covers.
Kerravala does research through a mix of end user and channel interviews, surveys of IT buyers, investor interviews as well as briefings from the IT vendor community. This gives Kerravala a 360 degree view of the technologies he covers from buyers of technology, investors, resellers and manufacturers. Kerravala uses the traditional on line and email distribution channel for the research but heavily augments opinion and insight through social media including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Blogs. Kerravala is also heavily quoted in business press and the technology press and is a regular speaker at events such as Interop and Enterprise Connect. Prior to ZK Research, Zeus Kerravala spent 10 years as an analyst at Yankee Group. He joined Yankee Group in March of 2001 as a Director and left Yankee Group as a Senior Vice President and Distinguished Research Fellow, the firm’s most senior research analyst. Before Yankee Group, Kerravala had a number of technical roles including a senior technical position at Greenwich Technology Partners (GTP). Prior to GTP, Kerravala had numerous internal IT positions including VP of IT and Deputy CIO of Ferris, Baker Watts and Senior Project Manager at Alex. Brown and Sons, Inc.

Hema Ganapathy

Data Center Advisor

Coverage: Big Data, Data Center Networking, SDN (Software Defined Network), NFV (Network Function Virtualization), SDI (Software Defined Infrastructure), IP networking, MPLS, Ethernet switches, Cloud computing, Saas, Paas, Iaas, network management

Hema Ganapathy has a long history in telecommunications and has worked at companies such as Newbridge Networks, Cisco Systems, Juniper Networks and Alcatel Lucent. She has held senior strategic roles in product management and product marketing spearheading product roadmap development and feature implementation for both the service provider and enterprise markets. She has worked with many of the largest service providers of the world and has a deep understanding of their needs and challenges. Her main expertise is in IP networking, MPLS, Ethernet switches, Cloud computing, SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, Data Centers, SDN and network management. Currently she works as an independent consultant in the area of Hadoop and Big Data for the enterprise.

Kimball Brown

Data Center Advisor

Coverage: Data Center Market, Servers, Virtualization

Senior-level professional with a diversified background in the technology industry with an emphasis in PC and Server industry analysis, Kimball delivers insights and forecasts that support companies in making key, market-specific decisions based on changing trends and emerging opportunities. I am very interested in working with customers to apply my hardware/software knowledge and skills in quantitative and qualitative analysis to support your needs. My employment background as a sell-side analyst (Prudential, PC research), and industry analyst roles with top research firms such as IDC (Director, PC research) and Gartner (VP, Chief Analyst Server Research). Kimball also has significant industry experience having worked at ServerWorks (Intel server chipsets), ServerEngines (10 GbE controller) and VMware. During my time as an analyst, I drove market forecasting, created reports, and worked closely with clients within the PC and enterprise computing area. Over the course of my career, I have also been a frequent speaker and presenter at industry forums, including Gartner Symposium. Kimball has a combination of technical knowledge, business development and marketing experience, and client-facing skills can add significant value for Techonomics customers.

Ali Ghiasi

Data Center Advisor

Coverage: Networks, Data Centers

Dr. Ghiasi is a seasoned technologist focusing on higher-speed Ethernet products, optical interconnects, and data center networks. From 2000-2013, Dr. Ghiasi was with Broadcom Corporation where he pioneered high-speed serial interconnect through the creation of XFP MSA, SFP+ MSA, Copper Direct Attach “DAC” cables; and help develop 6 generations of Ethernet products from 10 GbE to 100 GbE. From 1996-2000, Dr. Ghiasi was at Sun Microsystems where he helped with the development of both Fibre Channel storage array and development of the first HPC system based on parallel optical interconnect. Prior to that Dr. Ghiasi held positions at 3M Corporation and IBM Corporation working on high speed signaling and optical interconnects. Dr. Ghiasi is the holder of 45 granted U.S. patents, has published over 23 scientific papers, co-authored two books in fiber-optics technology, as well as 100’s of contributions to IEEE P802.3 standard, Fibre Channel, and OIF. He is co-chair of the IEEE Photonics Optical Interconnect committee and previously held position on the OFC technical committee. Dr. Ghiasi holds Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Khazret Sapenov

Data Center Advisor

Coverage: Cloud Application Platforms (PaaS), Cloud IaaS, SaaS

A 20-year veteran of ICT, Khazret Sapenov prior to joining Techonomics Research was chief technology officer of Cloudcor, which serves dozens of enterprise clients and works closely with a set of managed partners and independent software vendors. In this role, Sapenov is responsible for leading company’s overall strategy and technology direction across the United States and Canada, including employees in IT, partner, marketing, operations and vertical industry teams. Sapenov previously served as the corporate director of research and development at Enomaly (acquired by EMC VirtuStream), where he was responsible for growing the company virtualization solutions business, including development and service delivery. Prior to working with Enomaly, Sapenov held the positions in technology solutions development in various Fortune 500 companies. In that role he was responsible for global network, data centers, information security, core IT services and enterprise line-of-business applications. Cloudcor organizations under Sapenov’s leadership have developed into one market leaders and gained wide recognition as thought leader in cloud computing. Sapenov founded Cloudcor in 2008. Before that, he was at corporate and academic research roles, covering oil & gas resources prospecting and development. Sapenov is a graduate of the University of Karaganda, where he received Master’s Degree in Applied Mathematics. Currently he pursues a specialization degree in Machine Learning at Stanford University and Functional Programming in Scala at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.

Tom Coughlin

Data Center Advisor

Coverage: Storage, Hard Disk Drives (HDD), Solid State Drives (SSD)

T. M. Coughlin, has over 30 years of experience at companies developing flexible tapes and floppy disc storage as well as rigid disks at such companies as Polaroid, Seagate Technology, Maxtor, Micropolis, Nashua Computer Products, Ampex and SyQuest. Tom has an extensive engineering background in magnetic heads and media as well as integration of these and other technologies into hard disk drives. He was responsible as an individual contributor as well as a high level engineering and corporate manager for design of magnetic storage systems for many generations of hard disk drives at Ampex, Syquest, Seagate, Maxtor and Micropolis. He is an author on 6 US patents. Tom has provided marketing, intellectual property and technology assessments and projections. His clients include companies such as Avid, LSI, Network Appliance, PriceWaterHouseCoopers, Seagate Technology, The Woodside Fund, Quantum and many others.

Mo Moshref

Data Center Advisor

Coverage: Enterprise Storage systems, All Flash, Hyper Converged Systems, SSD Technology, Enterprise Storage Management Software Solutions, Virtualization, Cloud Computing, Object Storage

In-Depth experience in Storage, Networking Product Management broad expertise, including, Enterprise Storage systems, All Flash, Hyper Converged Systems, SSD Technology, Enterprise Storage Management Software Solutions, Virtualization, Cloud Computing, Object Storage, Excellent communication and presentation skills, Understanding competitors, Product Life Cycle, PRD, MRD, pricing, and Product Strategies, Proven track record in implementing programs to increase sales of Storage, All Flash, PCIe SSD product line. Mo Moshref comes to Techonomics Research with over 30 years of experience with Huawei Enterprises, Brocade, LSI Logic, Hitachi Data Systems, and IBM. Mr. Moshref has held positions in engineering, product management, marketing management, and strategy for Storage, Networking, and Data Center focused products.

Alex Aali

Data Center Advisor

Coverage: Infiniband and FC Networks and Server Add-In Cards (NICs, HCA, HBA, Accelerator cards)

Alex is a veteran of the high tech industry with over 33 years of marketing management, business development experience with top tier technology companies including Intel, Broadcom, TI (formerly National Semiconductor), Qualcomm Atheros (formerly Ikanos Communications), Marvel and Exar. Alex’s extensive experience includes strategy planning, product definition, and bringing new products to market. Alex’s technical and business expertise span a range of technology segments including Communications and Networking, Data Center Server and Storage, and Security.

Takis Paraskevopoulos

Data Center Advisor

Coverage: Data Center and Carrier Switching

With more than 15 years IT infrastructure, data networking and telecom experience, Takis is recognized as the expert on network technologies and market trends. He has expertise in a wide variety of Next Generation IT and network technologies including Ethernet Data Center, Converged Infrastructure, SAN, SDN, NFV, Converged Infrastructure, IoT, Cloud Computing, Virtualization, IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, Managed Data Services and LTE Mobile Backhaul and Infrastructure, VoIP, IPTV, Layer 4 to 7 applications and services. Takis is a key analyst of the market research team at Techonomics Research. Takis excelled as a market research analyst consultant at Intel Corporation with Data Center IT market research and analysis as well as channel partner marketing and sales program ROI. Takis was a key driving force behind Infonetics Research’s service development, with emphasis on exploring new coverage areas and research methodologies. He analyzed and presented network solutions and consulting business services to service providers in emerging markets. Takis has extensive Product Marketing and Market Research experience with industry leading vendors and service providers such as Grid Systems, Cirrus Logic, Centillium Communications, Spirent Communications, Intracom Telecom – Sitronics, Infonetics Research – IHS, Intel Corporation and Comcast Business Corporation. He was instrumental in the Cisco and Sitronics marketing and technology alliance for IP NGN integrated solutions. Takis has an MBA degree in Marketing from American InterContinental University in 2005, and a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science from National University in 1996. Takis is a results-driven marketing and technology professional experienced in product marketing management, market research and analysis. Self-motivated team player with well-rounded business and technical knowledge, promoting cross-functionality within organizations based on team-collaboration. He is a consultant to startups, service providers, manufacturers, and the investment community, identifying new market opportunities, providing due diligence, and advising on positioning, product development and business plans.

Calvin Sandeen

Data Center Advisor

Coverage: Storage, Server, Networking, Database

Mr. Sandeen is responisble for the Data Center Data Base. Mr. Sandeen is inline to receive his Bachelors Degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Philippe Nicolas

Data Center Advisor

Coverage: Enterprise Storage, Secondary Storage, Storage Software, Data Management and ILM solutions, Virtualization, Cloud Computing and Open Source

Philippe Nicolas is a recognized storage industry expert with 25 years of experience. He has delivered his market expertise to various companies such Rozo Systems, OpenIO, Infinit, Guardtime, Solix Technologies, NEC, Comtrade, Synerway, StorSimple, Exalead, Exanet and Atempo. He also drove the Industry Strategy at Scality after leading the Product Strategy since 2011. Before, he initiated a P2P dispersed storage software project named KerStor. Previously, he was at Brocade for 2 years as technology evangelist and strategist and spent nearly 10 years at Veritas Software and Symantec in different technology and product roles. Prior 1997, he served various technical positions at SGI and Compaq. He holds an engineering degree in computer sciences from ESI. In parallel, Philippe started the SNIA Europe France regional committee in 2001, and he served as Chairman for France until February 2010. He was also 2 times board director of the SNIA Europe in 2001-2002 and between 2007 and 2009. He created also 4 SNIA Tutorials around Data Sharing, File Storage, Massive Scalability and Cloud Storage since 2002. He received in 2005 the “Outstanding Service Award”, from the SNIA Europe, for his industry and association contribution and he’s a founding member of SNIA Cloud Storage Initiative. He owns 2 famous French Storage blogs ( and, #1 independent storage blog in France, with 2000+ blogposts and 11+ years of existence. His twitter account is @CDP_FST.

Mobility and Consumer Devices Advisory

Sam Chen

Mobility and Consumer Devices

Coverage: Consumer Research, New Product Development, Mobile Devices, Peripherals, Wearables, Video Games, IoT, AR/VR

Sam Chen is an expert in computer hardware and semiconductors with over 8 years of experience in the industry, most recently spending the past 6 years as the Editor-in-Chief at Custom PC Review, a top technology news and review website. As a journalist, Sam has written hundreds of articles covering the tech industry, bridging the communications gap between vendors and customers, analyzing current market trends, and identifying future disruptive technologies. Among other areas of coverage, Sam’s primary focus for the past 5 years has been NAND flash and SSDs. He was influential in his early coverage of this industry which has subsequently become a $15B global market. His in-depth coverage of the Consumer SSD, Enterprise SSD, NAND flash, and the semiconductor market is well researched, highly technical, widely read, peer respected and invaluable to both vendors and customers.

Software Advisory

Farshid Ketabchi


Coverage: Enterprise Sync & Share, ESS Social Software, Cloud Platforms, Contact Center, Recruiting and HCM, E-Commerce, Photo-based Services and Products, Enterprise Software, E-discovery

Farshid Ketabchi has 20 years of experience in product marketing, research and analysis, product management, alliances, and strategy in various segments of software, including process and content management, information management, collaboration, cloud and social, and e-commerce. He has worked in leading companies like IBM and EMC as well as in a number of start-ups. He’s currently in charge of product marketing at Snapfish, a major e-commerce player in photo-based products. He has also been blogging on marketing, social media and software since 2009. Farshid holds an MS in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota, and a double-major BS in Mathematics and Computer Science. He has also completed a marketing certificate program at UC Berkeley.

Hans van Rietschote


Coverage: Virtualization Technologies, Future Trends in Software, IT Storage, Backup and Archiving, IT Security, Cybersecurity

Hans van Rietschote worked for 10 years at Symantec (before that VERITAS) where he was the senior director of the Technology Scouting Group in the office of the CTO. In that role he scouted out and analyzed thousands of technology companies that were at the leading edge of innovation in areas such as Storage, Security, System Management and Virtualization. He also identified and continues to monitor the top ten technology trends that will have a serious impact on the software industry in the next 3-5 years. Before Symantec, he spent more than 10 years working at AT&T Bell Labs in the Netherlands. He has over 20 software patents filed in his name in the areas of virtualization, system and network management, and storage technologies. He has both an MS in mathematics and an MBA in telecommunications. His expertise lies in the areas of SaaS, Cloud Computing, Cloud Services, Cloud Storage, Virtualization for both the Enterprise data center and the desktop, Enterprise and Consumer Security, Enterprise and Consumer Backup and Enterprise and Consumer Storage technologies.

Internet of Things (IoT) Advisory

Colin Snow

IoT Advisor

Coverage: IoT, Drone

Colin Snow is a 25-year technology industry veteran with a background in manufacturing, electronics, digital imaging, field service, software, research, and mobility. His prior experience includes marketing, manufacturing, and operations management at Olympus Corporation, Oracle / PeopleSoft, Steelwedge Software, and SAP. As an industry analyst at Ventana Research, he covered a range of topics including supply chain management, operational performance, and product information management. Colin has been a photographer and built remote control aircraft since high school. As photography he mastered digital imaging, photogrammetry, 3D imaging, and timeline editing. Today, as a hobbyist, he does aerial photography and video with multi-rotor helicopters. Colin holds an MBA from Florida Atlantic University and is a member of the major UAS industry groups including AUVSI, RCAPA, and AMA.

Bentley Long

IoT Advisor

Coverage: IoT

Bentley Long has over 30 years of technology sales and business development experience in semiconductor, card sales, software development and services. He was previously Vice President of Worldwide Sales for Exar Corporation, and currently works at Sun Technologies, Inc as Director of Business Development. Prior to Exar, Mr. Long held a variety of sales and sales management roles at VLSI Technology, Inc. and Texas Instruments Incorporated. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from the University of Tennessee. Mr. Long is also Sponsorship Chair for the Technology Association of Georgia Symposium: Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things. In addition, he serves on the board of the Southeast Region of the US Fund for UNICEF, and the AGAPE Youth & Family Center in Atlanta, GA.