Author Profile

Robert Handler

Robert Handler

Distinguished VP Analyst

23 years at Gartner,  34 years' experience

Location:  CA USA  |  Language(s):  English

Roles and Responsibilities

Robert Handler is a Research Vice President at Gartner. Mr. Handler provides a thought leadership role in portfolio management, as well as program and project management. He is an author and frequent speaker at conferences.


Previous Experience

Mr. Handler has more than 20 years of experience in all phases of the system development life cycle, including definition, analysis, design/configuration and implementation, as well as technology strategy, architecture, project, program and portfolio management. He joined Gartner in April 2005, with the acquisition of Meta Group. Before that, Mr. Handler worked at IBM Global Services and Ernst & Young, where he specialized in methodology, strategic information systems planning, PMOs, architecture, and technology selection and implementation. He has served companies in the insurance/financial services, retail, wholesale distribution, manufacturing, consumer products, nonprofit and travel industries.

Professional Background

  • Ernst & Young, Senior Consultant, 3 years
  • IBM Global Services, Practice Operations Manager/Senior Consultant, 3 years


  • Additional postgraduate work in Finance and Accounting Information Systems, University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.S., Business Administration, Pepperdine University
  • M.B.A., Information and Decision Systems, San Diego State University

Industry Awards/Accolades

  • Co-author of "IT Portfolio Management: Unlocking the Business Value of Technology"