Analyst Profile

Bern Elliot

Bern Elliot

VP Distinguished Analyst

16 years at Gartner ,  30 years industry experience
Philadelphia, PA USA

Roles and Responsibilities

Bern Elliot is a vice president and distinguished analyst with Gartner Research. He has been with Gartner for more than 10 years, and he is currently the lead analyst in Unified Communications. He was formerly the lead analyst in Contact Centers. Mr. Elliot's research interests are broad, and they include the areas of communications infrastructure, VoIP, SIP, speech recognition, organizational development, and collaboration issues.

Areas of Coverage

  • Networking & Communications Equipment
  • Networking & Communications Services


Previous Experience

In his more than 20 years of IT experience, Mr. Elliot has served in a variety of technical and managerial roles, including a computer telephony and messaging architect for three Fortune 100 financial services firms, a call center strategic assessments specialist for major North American and European switch vendors, and a telecommunications systems designer for major computing firms. He has also been product manager with several Internet startups. Mr. Elliot was the founding chair and coordinator for several Internet messaging and directory standards initiatives, including Voice Profile for Internet Messaging (VPIM).

Professional Background

Electronic Messaging Association, Chair for the Internet Standards Group - VPIM, 8 years
MBNA Bank, Senior Contact Center CTI Systems Architect, 1 year
Vanguard Communications, Senior Consultant, 5 years


Holds patents in the voice groupware area
M.S., Computer Sciences, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Worked with Wharton Business School faculty developing models for telecom technology adoption