Analyst Profile

Brian Prentice

Brian Prentice

Research VP

15 years at Gartner ,  31 years industry experience
North Sydney, Australia

Roles and Responsibilities

Brian Prentice has been with Gartner for 13 years and in the IT industry for 30 years. He is a member of The Office of the CIO. Mr. Prentice leads Gartner's digital humanism research theme. His research is directed toward helping CIOs support customer and employee experience initiatives by transforming the enterprise IT organization into a design center - a strategic capability required for competitive digital businesses. Mr. Prentice works across several research key initiatives, including people-centered computing, digital business, the digital workplace, emerging trends and technologies and innovation.

Areas of Coverage

  • Emerging Trends & Technologies
  • Open Source
  • Digital Workplace
  • Mobile & Wireless


Previous Experience

Prior to becoming an analyst, Mr. Prentice worked in the IT vendor community for 17 years. This included organizations such as Apple Computer, WordPerfect, Novell, Lotus, IBM, Microsoft and Onyx Software. Mr. Prentice operated in a variety of roles, including product management, partner development and support management, spanning North America and Asia/Pacific. This combination of roles and companies has allowed Mr. Prentice to be directly involved in the advent of some of the most important technological developments of the past two decades, including desktop operating systems, personal productivity software, messaging and collaboration, customer relationship management, and the internet. It has also given him unique insights into the dynamics of the software industry.

Professional Background

Apple Computer, Product Manager, 6 years
IBM/Lotus, Manager - Alliance & Partners, 3 years
Novell, Regional Product Manager, 4 years

Industry Awards/Accolades

Gartner Thought Leadership Award - 2015


B.S., with distinction, International Business, California State University, San Jose



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