Mr. Allen is a distinguished industry veteran with more than 40 years of experience in information technology who consults on best
practices in information storage. He is an accomplished consultant, speaker, industry guru, visionary and pioneer.
As the founder and principal consultant at The Tod Point Group, Mr. Allen focuses on user storage strategies, architectures, business
continuity, storage procurement, storage as a service, tiered storage, green storage, data reduction, and storage product and
technology assessments. He also provides custom research, analysis, consulting, and strategic planning to vendors and investors.
Mr. Allen spent 20 years as the chief storage guru with Gartner Inc. where he focused on storage, storage networking, storage
management and storage procurement.
Prior to Gartner, he was a senior management consultant with International Systems Services where he specialized in systems
management. He managed and conducted engagements ranging from capacity planning to data center effectiveness.
On the west coast, Mr. Allen was the CIO & COO for Adapt, Inc. where he managed IT operations, database publishing operations,
application development, and production. He also set corporate technical directions and marketing strategies and directed
development of a next generation publishing system.
Prior to Adapt, Mr. Allen worked for Pacific Gas & Electric where he supervised a large systems programming staff supporting multiple
mainframes and he developed storage management solutions.
Mr. Allen holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of San Francisco and a Master's degree in EECS from the
University of California at Berkeley.
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