Analyst Profile
Rob Schafer
Rob Schafer
Research Director
Granite Springs, NY USA
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Years of Experience
4 years at Gartner
29 years IT industry
Areas of Coverage
IT Asset Management

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Roles and Responsibilities
Rob Schafer covers IT asset disposition (ITAD: data sanitization, environmental disposition, and so forth) and integrated workplace management systems (IWMS: project management, real estate management and lease administration, hoteling, space and utilization management, facilities and maintenance management, and sustainability). He also covers the financing of IT and cloud computing, lease/purchase analysis, asset and vendor management, cost optimization, IT hardware and software procurement and financing, and contract terms, conditions and negotiations. Mr. Schafer has more than 25 years of experience in the financing and running of IT as a business, first with IBM, and subsequently with META Group, the Corporate Executive Board and Burton Group.
Previous Experience
Mr. Schafer has a broad and deep background in IT management, the financing of IT, asset management, and infrastructure and operations, with a combination of skills and experience spanning information systems and the economics of IT.
Professional Background
Meta Group, Senior Research Director, 15 years
Corporate Executive Board, Research Director, 2 years
Burton Group, Senior Consultant, 2 years
B.A., cum laude, Harvard University

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Magic Quadrant for Integrated Workplace Management Systems 26-Jun-2014 Rob Schafer
IBM Customers Who Count Their Processor Value Units Achieve Software Savings and Avoid Noncompliance Audit Fees in the Millions 23-Jun-2014 Jo Ann Rosenberger, Frank DeSalvo, Rob Schafer
Effective IBM ELA Negotiations Require Robust Demand Management and Forecasting 20-Jun-2014 Jo Ann Rosenberger, Frank DeSalvo, Rob Schafer
Magic Quadrant for IT Asset Disposition, Worldwide 19-Dec-2013 Rob Schafer
Predicts 2014: The Digital Economy and the Cloud Raise New Licensing, Services and ITAD Challenges for ITAM and Procurement 28-Nov-2013 Rob Schafer, Alexa Bona, Stewart Buchanan