Coté, Michael

Michael Coté heads up the Infrastructure Software practice at 451 Research, focusing on everything from the hypervisor to the application layer. In addition to covering application development, systems management, VDI, cloud management and platforms, he also closely follows the business of software — including product management and marketing; strategy and M&A; and the tectonic moves of vendors and communities in the technology world.

Michael has worked at several technology companies, from startups — such as the pioneering online banking company FundsXpress — to BMC Software. In 2006 he chased his passion for following and commenting on the IT industry to RedMonk, where he was an industry analyst covering the IT world and helping clients plan how to most effectively prosper in the rapidly changing space. Prior to joining 451 Research, Michael worked at Dell in various strategy roles — in corporate strategy, where he helped launch the software group; heading up the internal incubation program; leading Dell’s cross-company cloud strategy; and finally, running the portfolio strategy team for the Dell Software Group.

Michael is well known for his podcasts and videos, including the Podcast and the IT Management & Cloud Podcast. When not publishing insight at 451 Research, he blogs at and types inane prattle on Twitter @cote.