Author Profile

Ben Yan

Ben Yan

Director Analyst

2 years at Gartner,  18 years' experience

Location:  China  |  Language(s):  Chinese - Mandarin, English

Roles and Responsibilities

Ben is a Director Analyst in Data & Analytics located in Beijing. He specializes in Artificial Intelligence topics, including AI techniques, data, use cases, applications, skills and organization setup.


Previous Experience

Before joining Gartner, Ben worked at Daimler as Product Manager for 4 years on IT digitalization projects. He also led AI studies within the organization and worked as AI trainer and consultant on multiple AI initiatives. Before that, Ben was in IT field for 10 years at global corporates including Sony and Lenovo, as Application Manager and Project Manager deeply engaged in the digital revolution (from waterfall, on premise, monolithic to agile, cloud, microservices).

Professional Background

  • Daimler, Product Manager, Digitalization / AI consultant, 4 years
  • Lenovo, Project Manager, EAI and B2B, 2 years
  • Sony, AM Manager, Customer Facing Applications, 5 years


  • Bachelor of Computer Science, Beijing University of Technology;
  • Holds PMP and self-driving car engineer certificates