Analyst Profile

Matt Light

Matt Light

Research VP

26 years at Gartner ,  33 years industry experience

Roles and Responsibilities

Matt Light, Research VP, has led Gartner's project and portfolio management (PPM) research community since its launch in 2001. Mr. Light's research has defined the PPM application market (in Magic Quadrants), advocated flexible PMOs and lean management, and includes the landmark report "PMO: The IT Control Tower."

Areas of Coverage

  • Application Development & Integration

Matt Light's Recent Gartner Activity

Latest Research


Previous Experience

Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Light served in management roles at Select Information and American Videotex Systems, providers of desktop productivity tools in the first wave of PC software, and of a preweb consumer information dial-up service, where he planned, led and controlled a variety of development and research projects. He has also managed Auerbach Publishing's line of computer-integrated manufacturing and quality assurance procedures publications, worked in a construction project office while in graduate school, and served as a Research Project Manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

Professional Background

Auerbach Publishers, Managing Editor, 3 years
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Reports Managing Editor, 3 years
Select Information and American Videotex Systems, Project and Quality Manager, 5 years

Industry Awards/Accolades

Gartner Bronze Awards - multiple
Gartner Group Silver Award for Research Excellence - 1996
Gartner Research Collaboration Award - 2001
Over the Top Award - 2007


B.A., University of Connecticut (Honors Program)
Course work, University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A., honors, San Francisco State University
M.B.A., Information Systems, honors, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut



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