Analyst Profile

Brian Prentice

Brian Prentice

VP Analyst

20 years at Gartner,  37 years industry experience

Location:  Australia  | Language(s):  English

Roles and Responsibilities

Brian Prentice is a member of the Executive Leaders of Digital Business practice. Mr. Prentice has been with Gartner for 20 years and in the IT industry for 36 years. Prior to Gartner, he has held roles at Apple, IBM and Microsoft, along with other IT providers. His current research is focused on two topics. The first is digital geopolitics and the way in which the emerging multipolar world is reshaping enterprise decision making. The other area of research is digital productization and its role in achieving digital transformation. Mr. Prentice has also been a leading voice on the topic of digital design and its role in transforming user experience.


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 him 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


  • B.S., International Business, California State University, San Jose, With Distinction

Industry Awards/Accolades

  • Gartner Thought Leadership Award - 2015