Well-known telecom analyst Lee Doyle passed away suddenly last week.
Doyle had been the principal analyst at his own firm Doyle Research for about nine years. He had written extensively on such topics as SDN, NFV, enterprise adoption of networking technologies and the convergence of IT and telecom.
He was also a regular columnist for FierceTelecom.
Earlier in his career Doyle was group VP for network, telecom and security research at IDC. He was with IDC for 23 years.
Matt Eastwood, senior vice president at IDC, posted on LinkedIn: “Lee and I were peers for many years at IDC, he was the networking and security ying to my compute and storage yang! RIP Lee, your wisdom and friendship will be missed!”
Eastwood added, “Lee died doing what he loved. He apparently had a heart attack shortly after he went kayaking on the Charles River in Natick, MA with a friend this week.”
Hundreds of Doyle’s friends and colleagues have chimed in on LinkedIn.
John Furrier, CEO of SiliconAngle and executive editor of theCUBE said, “Lee Doyle was a friend of @theCUBE and many in the industry, was always great at explaining the technology that solves real-world problems – RIP.”
John Roese, CTO of products and operations at Dell Technologies said, “Lee was a constant presence and trusted voice in our industry over the many transformations and eras that we all navigated together. He will truly be missed going forward.”
“Lee was a long-time industry fixture with a great perspective on technology," said Futuriom analyst Scott Raynovich. "He was also an interesting person — I had many entertaining talks with him on bus rides to analyst events. He always had a smile on his face. He will be missed, and my thoughts go out to his family.”
Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst with ZK Research, said, "Everyone knows what a great analyst Lee was, but the thing I will remember was just what a nice person he was. You can judge the quality of a person by the company they keep, and almost everyone that worked for him or with him expressed very fond feelings for him. He wasn't just another analyst colleague but became a lifelong friend to many, and that speaks volumes of the person he was and will be remembered as."