Analyst Profile

Rishi Sood

Rishi Sood

Practice Vice President

26 years at Gartner ,  26 years industry experience

Roles and Responsibilities

Rishi Sood is a Managing Vice President at Gartner. Mr. Sood leads two teams within the Gartner for Business Leaders side of Gartner Research: Tech Go-to-Market and Public Sector Industries. Mr. Sood's Tech Go-to-Market team provides role-specific guidance to marketing, product strategy and sales enablement functions within Technology and Service Providers. His team provides insight to the TSP community around the following areas: messaging and positioning, differentiation, storytelling, customer buying journey, channel strategy, routes to market, product management, and future of sales. His team also manages Gartner-wide research communities related to cloud and digital disruption. Mr. Sood's Public Sector Industries team covers federal government, state and local government, healthcare providers, healthcare payers, and education vertical markets. In this capacity, his team provides strategic direction for clients by helping them understand key business issues, leading technology trends and drivers, demand for IT solutions, industry best practices, competitive landscapes, and future scenarios for public-sector organizations. Within the U.S. federal government market, Mr. Sood focuses on the civilian, defense and intelligence agency segments. Within state and local, he specializes in the following agency segments: health, human services, tax/revenue and public safety. His key technology areas include advanced analytics, cloud, IoT, managed services, mobility and agency-specific solutions. His key business issues are government healthcare, sourcing and shared services. Mr. Sood frequently presents at major industry conferences and is a regular contributor to leading IT services publications. Over his 23 years of experience as a Gartner Analyst and Managing Vice President, he has received numerous industry and Gartner awards.

Areas of Coverage

  • Government


Previous Experience

Mr. Sood joined Gartner with the acquisition of G2 Research, where he was vice president, managing the firm's Global Industries group, as well as being chief analyst for state and local government.

Professional Background

G2 Research, Vice President, 6 years

Industry Awards/Accolades

Gartner Annual Quantitative Research Award, 2010
Gartner Annual Research Award, 2005
Gartner Gold Team Award
Gartner Quarterly Award, 2007
Gartner Quarterly Award, 2008
Gartner Quarterly Award, 2009
Gartner Quarterly Award, 2011
Gartner Thought Leadership Award
Gartner Thought Leadership Award, 2011


B.A., University of Chicago



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