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Erik Heidt

Erik Heidt

Vice President

Erik Heidt is the Research Agenda Manager for Gartner for Technical Professionals (GTP). Mr. Heidt covers Internet of Things (IoT) architecture, IoT strategy as well as security and risk management within the IoT context. 

Mr. Heidt focuses on developing and delivering research related to the architecture, development and operation of IoT for both users and suppliers. 

Mr. Heidt has more than 24 years of IT industry experience, with a significant focus on information security and risk management.

In his 11 years with Fifth Third bank, Mr. Heidt progressed through a number of information security and risk management roles. These included managing the Information Security Architecture team, developing the information security and risk management programs at a major subsidiary, and leading the IT Risk Management organization.


Years of Experience:

  • 4 years in total with Gartner
  • 25 years in IT industry
  • 19 years in Banking, Finance and Insurance industry
  • 9 years in Healthcare industry
  • 12 years in Technology & Telecommunications industry

Top 5 Issues I Help Clients Address:

  • Comparing and selecting IoT architecture components and providers
  • Designing and architecting IoT solutions with a focus on security and risk issues
  • Developing and advancing IoT strategies
  • Operating and managing IoT solutions
  • Evaluating risk impacts of architecture, design and operation decisions

Roles That Need My Research:

  • Architects and technology practitioners focused on developing, deploying and operating Internet of Things innovations.

Top Key Initiatives I Cover:

  • Internet of Things
  • Infrastructure Agility

Common Inquiries I Address:

  • How do we assess and measure IT risk associated with IoT?
  • How does IoT “work”?
  • What are the major aspects of IoT, and how do we leverage or develop them?
Monday, August 21, 2017 / 4:25 PM - 5:10 PM

IoT Target Architecture: Your Strategy's Linchpin

IoT demands a technical strategy that implements a portfolio of IoT solutions. One IoT deployment does not a strategy make! IoT technology, supplier and skill demands must be addressed proactively or we risk the creation of a crushing technical debt. Here, we will examine the development of technical architecture as well as the procedural and organizational steps required to leverage it as the linchpin.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 / 9:10 AM - 9:55 AM

Securing the Internet of Things: An Architectural and Risk-Driven Approach

IoT solutions are complex and heterogeneous with many components and multiple versions of each component. This reality is born from IoT power to create value thought integration of diverse systems. It also creates significant security risks. Here, we will present an architectural view of IoT that will enable security and risk analysis efforts to be structured and effective.

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