Gartner, Inc.

I spent 24 exciting years being a major thought leader at Gartner, Inc:

  • Twenty-four exciting years as major thought leader at Gartner, Inc. Two years as global head of Gartner research
  • Continuously reinventing myself and my thinking to deliver provocative insights to thousands of clients worldwide while stimulating hundreds of people inside Gartner to improve their game.
  • Among many contributions: I created entirely new research areas (such as Gartner’s AI coverage and network computing), drove change in the industry and among its consumers, created new research methodologies and, for the last 13 years, ran an internal disruptive innovation program. GVP and Gartner Fellow.

Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC)

Several different positions growing my broad based skills over 17 years, moving up from field software support to marketing, product line management and special engineering projects.


Brain sciences (biological constraints on learning) were my early passion, a background that equipped me with the skills I needed to master the world of IT as well as much of the new world of AI

Important Facts

  • More than 16,000 private client advisory conversations
  • 800 publications
  • 1500 Twitter followers
  • 800 LinkedIn followers
  • Hundreds of quotes in business and trade press, including New York Times, Financial Times and Wall Street Journal
  • Gartner lead analyst for Google, Adobe and other firms
  • Renaissance man with strong social, technical and leadership skills

Strong Points of View

  • We haven’t figured out what the killer applications for AI will be and the technologies are still immature (but stimulating.)
  • IT executives are too often dragged down by essential operations issues and not given the opportunity to provide corporate leadership. If you believe that, it will be true for you.
  • All of the breakthrough technologies of this century will be interwoven through our social, governmental and economic lives. We are no longer dealing with narrowly applied technology. Everything we cover will be essential for the proper functioning of society and life. Welcome to the fourth industrial revolution.
  • Hype is necessary or evil, depending on who’s doing it.

Three Posts I have Under Construction

  • Top 12 AI-related Enterprise Guidelines
  • What Can We Learn from Octopi?
  • Deflecting and Avoiding Dangerous AI Myths

Additional Agenda Items for the Next Year

  • What AI strategy should you have?
  • Setting proper AI expectations
  • The international AI wars — Chinese and American initiatives at the fore
  • Unexpected consequences
  • The right educational agenda for the next generation
  • Governing AI
  • Social and Economic Impacts

Available For:

  • Speaking engagements
  • Webinars and Fireside Chats
  • Private Questions
  • Other