Analyst Profile

Rob Schafer

Rob Schafer

Sr Director Analyst

13 years at Gartner,  29 years industry experience

Location:  NY USA  | Language(s):  English, French

Roles and Responsibilities

Rob Schafer is a Sr. Director Analyst in the Sourcing, Procurement and Vendor Management group. Mr. Schafer covers the financing of IT and cloud computing, lease/purchase analysis, IT asset disposition (ITAD: data sanitization, environmental disposition, etc.), IT asset management, cost optimization, IT hardware and software procurement and financing, and contract terms, conditions and negotiations. He has more than 25 years of experience in the financing and running of IT as a business, first with IBM, and subsequently with META Group, the Corporate Executive Board and Burton Group.


Previous Experience

Mr. Schafer has a broad and deep background in IT management, the financing of IT, asset management, and infrastructure and operations, with a combination of skills and experience spanning information systems and the economics of IT.

Professional Background

  • Burton Group, Senior Consultant, 2 years
  • Corporate Executive Board, Research Director, 2 years
  • Meta Group, Senior Research Director, 15 years


  • B.A., Cum Laude, Harvard University