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Sheila Childs

Sheila Childs

Managing Vice President

Sheila Childs is a Managing Vice President in Gartner Research, responsible for leading the IT Leaders (ITL) Infrastructure team.

Prior to joining Gartner, she spent her career working with storage hardware and software technologies, most recently at EMC where she focused on data management software. She is conversant in general data center infrastructure strategies, including current and future infrastructure trends.

Ms. Childs has 30 years of experience in the software development industry, including senior-level positions in software engineering, product management, product strategy, marketing and customer support. She has held multiple leadership positions in the Storage Networking Industry Association, including chairwoman of the board of directors and chair of the organization’s Data Management Forum.


Years of Experience:

  • 8 years in total with Gartner
  • 35 years in IT industry
  • 5 years in Banking, Finance and Insurance industry

Top Issues I Help Clients Address:

  • Current and future storage and data management strategies and trends
  • Data center modernization, including moves to the cloud
  • Implementing bimodal infrastructure and infrastructure teams

Roles That Need My Research:

  • Application architect
  • Solution architect
  • Integration architect
  • Lead developer
  • Development manager
  • Enterprise architect
  • Application infrastructure manager

Top Key Initiatives I Cover:

  • Infrastructure Delivery Strategies
  • Infrastructure Agility
  • Planning, Sourcing and Managing Communications Services
  • Infrastructure Modernization
  • Planning, Sourcing and Managing Network Infrastructure

Common Inquiries I Address:

  • Data center modernization
  • Cost optimization
  • Implementing agile Mode 2 infrastructures
Monday, December 4, 2017 / 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Diversity in the I&O Organization

Study after study shows that diversity in the workplace equals success in the marketplace. Businesses with more diverse leadership teams and workforces outperform their competitors and are better positioned for agility, adaptability and driving innovation. Learn why it's important to embrace diversity in I&O, and what tactics or approaches you can leverage to better understand and manage diversity.

Thursday, December 7, 2017 / 8:15 AM - 8:45 AM

Closing Keynote: Interactive Polling Results From the Event

A review of some of the more impactful and/or surprising results from the 2016 Gartner Data Center Conference live polling results. This is a great chance to see what your peers were thinking in the sessions that you were not able to attend.

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