Meet the New Additions to our 100+ Analyst Team!

451 Research is proud to announce 7 key additions to its growing analyst team since the beginning of the year. The longtime philosophy at 451 Research has been to continually reinvest in our business, and 2016 has been no exception. In the first quarter of 2016, we have made a number of significant hires to improve our research, our data, and our management expertise. Below is a list of our recent hires and an overview of their interests and capabilities:

Dan Cummins
Senior Analyst, Security

Dan Cummins is a senior security analyst at 451 Research. He covers the dynamic field of 'post-AV' anti-malware and threat prevention, among other areas. Dan was a senior Wall Street technology research analyst from 2000 to 2013, and joins 451 Research from ICR, where he was a Senior Vice President, working primarily with pre-IPO security companies. 

Over the course of his research career, Dan contributed to three highly ranked sector teams and published as a senior analyst on more than 40 security, enterprise software and Internet infrastructure companies for global banks such as UBS and Bank of America, as well as for boutique firms. Prior to his Wall Street career, Dan was a technology and operations consultant with PaineWebber and Coopers & Lybrand. 

Sean Doherty
Analyst, Governance, Compliance & eDiscovery

Sean directs 451 Research's business and technology coverage of information governance, compliance and electronic discovery, and software and services to combat fraud (anti-fraud). He maintains a current understanding of data-privacy issues in the US and Europe with the ability to write research, consult with clients, and act as a subject-matter expert on the topic. 

Sean is licensed to practice law in California, the District of Columbia and New York, and advises on e-discovery practice, law and rules. He previously worked for eight years as a technology editor at ALM Media, covering software and services used by law firms and corporate legal departments, and for six years as a senior technology editor for UBM Tech (formerly CMP Media), testing and reviewing products and services for enterprise computing, including business applications, digital convergence and network infrastructure. 

James Duffy
Senior Analyst, Networking

Jim Duffy has been covering technology for over 30 years - 25 at Network World, the leading source of networking news in the industry. His coverage focused predominantly on enterprise networking infrastructure, including routers, switches and associated software.

Jim is widely recognized in the industry for over two decades of coverage on Cisco Systems and its enterprise competitors. He broke several major stories over the course of his journalism career, and received awards for news, analysis and opinion pieces on numerous industry events and developments.
For decades, Jim has overseen, coordinated and driven coverage of a variety of enterprise and telecommunications equipment and services events, issues and developments. He determined story ideas, angles, emphasis and tone on breaking news, trend and analysis pieces, executive Q&A interviews, market forecasts, user case studies, and product and service announcements on a daily and weekly basis.

Prior to his previous position as Managing Editor at Network World, Jim held senior editorial positions at Computer Systems News, published at the time by CMP Publications, and MIS Week and Electronic News, both owned by Fairchild Publications. Jim is a graduate of Utica College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations/Journalism. 

Jeffrey Fidacaro
Senior Analyst, Datacenter Technologies

Jeffrey Fidacaro is a Senior Analyst in the Datacenter Technologies and Eco-Efficient IT practices at 451 Research. Jeff has over 16 years of equity research experience covering technology companies as an analyst for both investment banks (sell side) and investment managers (buy side), as well as five years of industry experience as a Software Application Engineer.

From 2003 to 2016, Jeff worked as a senior financial equity research analyst, with a focus on the enterprise IT hardware, PC, datacenter technologies and mobile devices sectors for global investment banks and boutique investment firms, including Merrill Lynch, Susquehanna Financial Group, and Monness, Crespi, Hardt & Co. On the buy side, he was a senior analyst covering the broader technology, media and telecommunications sector. 

Prior to Wall Street, Jeff was a software engineer and systems administrator at Foster Wheeler Corporation, where he helped pioneer and implement its intelligent computer-aided design systems, and was responsible for the support of the IT infrastructure, including servers, storage and databases. Jeff holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and an MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business.

Nancy Gohring
Senior Analyst, Application and Performance Infrastructure

Nancy Gohring covers application and infrastructure performance for 451 Research, including IT monitoring, application performance management and log management. Prior to joining 451 Research, Nancy was Editor in Chief of the enterprise IT publications at Fierce Markets. She launched the DevOps publication, setting the editorial direction for the new coverage area, and oversaw seven publications aimed at senior enterprise IT executives.

Previously, Nancy wrote about a wide range of technology subjects, both on staff for a variety of publications and on a freelance basis. She has covered everything from the switch to digital cellular communications to the emergence of cloud computing. Her writing has appeared in The New Stack, Wired, MIT Technology Review, The Economist (Babbage blog), Computerworld and The New York Times.

Steven Hill
Senior Analyst, Storage

Steven Hill is a Senior Analyst for storage technologies at 451 Research, covering the latest generation of hyperconverged systems, cloud-based storage and business continuity/disaster-recovery technologies for enterprise customers. Prior to joining 451 Research, Steven spent two years evaluating datacenter hardware and software products and vendors for Current Analysis, as Senior Analyst, Data Center Solutions, with a specific focus on converged infrastructure and hybrid cloud technologies.

For a decade prior to joining Current Analysis, Steven was an independent speaker, writer and analyst on datacenter technologies, and served as the Technology Editor of Storage and Servers for Network Computing magazine. He has authored numerous articles on enterprise-class computing systems and spoken throughout the US as an early advocate of server virtualization, converged systems, cloud delivery and network convergence technologies. Prior to that, Steven spent 13 years in a number of technologist roles as an imaging systems administrator and departmental manager for Shopko Stores, a Fortune 500 retail corporation. 

Ian Hughes
Analyst, Internet of Things

Ian Hughes is an analyst for the Internet of Things practice at 451 Research. He has over 27 years of experience in emerging technology as a developer, architect and consultant through key technology trends. Ian has 20 years of experience at IBM in cross-industry application development. This included automotive, global sporting events, retail and telecoms. 

Ian was early to the Web development space in 1998 and social media in 2004, and was influential in virtual-worlds adoption in 2006-09. He has spent the past seven years at his own consulting company, where he presented a regular emerging technology feature, on a UK Saturday morning children's TV show, built virtual disaster simulators for hospitals, pitched startups to investors, wrote a technology column for a fashion magazine and wrote two sci-fi novels.
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