VDC Partners with Embedded Platforms Analyst Paul Zorfass

VDC is pleased to announce it is collaborating with Paul Zorfass and his technology research and consulting firm, First Technology Inc. (FTI). The partnership is designed to respond to increased demand for services from VDC clients, and to support the enhanced depth and breadth of VDC embedded market research programs.

Mr. Zorfass and FTI focus on embedded technology adoption criteria – including analysis of business, technical and commercial requirements. This work spans the major markets for embedded systems including: telecom and networking, industrial automation, defense/aerospace, and automotive. Mr. Zorfass’ clients include many of the major embedded component vendors, IT multinationals and electronics OEMs. In addition, he has been engaged by many government agencies both in the US and abroad for advice and consulting.

“VDC’s Embedded Hardware and Systems and Embedded Software and Tools Practices continue to add clients, despite the recent flurry of consolidation in the supplier community. This is owed to the fact that our teams are doing ground breaking primary research into every embedded industry stakeholder group – suppliers, OEMs, integrators, distributors, end users and institutional investors,” stated Chris Rezendes, Vice President, Venture Development Corporation. “It is difficult to find talented people, so we are fortunate to be working with Paul.”

Mr. Zorfass will be working on a team that is headed by VDC’s Eric Heikkila and Eric Gulliksen.

“We are extremely excited to have Paul working with us on a number of projects. Between them, Paul and Eric Gulliksen know just about every product development, marketing and sales manager and executive in the embedded market. But more importantly, they know how to get to the OEM and integrator communities that are specifying and buying embedded technologies. That is where we will be focusing much of our research and publishing energies,” said Eric Heikkila, Director of VDC’s Embedded Hardware & Systems Practice.

Paul is the Chairman of the IEEE Communications Society, Boston Chapter. He has been technical chair for focused conferences surrounding Internet applications and Device building and an active presenter at embedded and boards conferences and seminars. Paul has more than 25 years of experience as a developer, evaluator, opportunity analyst, and user of embedded and IT technologies. This includes being Executive Director of the Computer Research division of the Yankee Group and prior responsibilities as a principal and founder of two technology companies and an advisor to others. He earned his BS and MA degrees in mathematics and physics from the New York City Colleges, with honors, and his MBA degree from Northeastern University.

Venture Development Corporation (VDC) is an independent technology market research and strategy consulting firm that specializes in a number of industrial, embedded, component, retail automation, RFID, AIDC, datacom/telecom, and defense markets. VDC has been operating since 1971, when the firm was founded by graduates of the Harvard Business School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Today, we employ a talented collection of analysts and consultants who offer a rare combination of expertise in the market research process; experience in technology product and program management; and formal training in engineering and marketing. VDC’s clients include thousands of the largest and fastest-growing tech suppliers in the world and the most successful investors participating in the markets we cover.