Analyst Profile

Rick Howard

Rick Howard

Research VP

8 years at Gartner ,  22 years industry experience

Roles and Responsibilities

Rick Howard is a Research Vice President and government research Agenda Manager at Gartner, where he focuses on public-sector IT solutions, management practices and technology trends. Mr. Howard's key areas of coverage in government include big data analytics, business intelligence, open government data and services, cross-agency case management, CRM, interoperability, and emerging business and technology trends in government.

Areas of Coverage

  • Government


Previous Experience

Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Howard served as a state health and human services CIO and co-chaired a governor-appointed leadership council charged with coordinating the statewide adoption of electronic health records and promoting a regional health information exchange. His experience includes large information systems planning and implementation, infrastructure modernization, service delivery and organizational development, IT strategic planning and execution, governance, business case development, and financing. He has more than 22 years of experience in IT in the public health and human services, medical manufacturing, transportation, and technology sectors.

Professional Background

Oregon Department of Human Services, Chief Information Officer and Deputy CIO, 5 years
Oregon Department of Human Services, Manager, Medicaid Health Financing Operations, 8 years


B.S., Business Information Systems, Linfield College