Analyst Profile

Barika Pace

Barika Pace

Sr Director Analyst

2 years at Gartner ,  16 years industry experience

Roles and Responsibilities

Barika L Pace does research on digital security, data privacy, regulatory environment, organizational development, product management, IoT and smart manufacturing. From a product management perspective, Ms. Pace helps clients build agile development teams, secure by design products, identify top talent requirements, overcome recruiting challenges, provide insights into diversity, inclusion and recruiting top talent while bearing in mind customer experience. She works with tech CEOs, product leaders, product managers, CISOs, digital manufacturing product innovators, and various clients on organizational and cultural changes needed to remain agile. In smart manufacturing, she has leveraged her extensive background in manufacturing to help numerous companies realize value, develop OT security governance, drive lean, improve OEE, manufacturing digital maturity, embrace smart manufacturing, data visualization, and IIoT platforms. She continues to drive best practice research in the areas of operational technology security, IT/OT alignment, and managing an ever-changing threat landscape for manufacturing organizations. Ms. Pace continues to write about IoT, IIoT, smart factories, developing customer-obsessed products, improving customer metrics, women in technology, national security, best practices, the effects of digital transformation on the public sector, including IoT, cyber-physical, and OT security strategies. Finally, she continues to drive thought leadership in various regulations like DFARS GDPR, consumer data privacy, data ownership IoT security, and OT security.


Previous Experience

Prior to joining Gartner, Ms. Pace held several leadership positions at General Electric, Ford Motor Company and IBM in smart manufacturing, IoT, product management and Cybersecurity. She enjoyed building agile product teams and delivering value. Early on in her career she enjoyed working in the public sector for U.S. Department of Labor. These varied backgrounds provided her with multifaceted insights on market and business challenges and opportunities.

Professional Background

Ford Motor Company, Senior Analyst, 2 years
General Electric, Senior Product Manager, 5 years
IBM, Senior Consultant , 3 years


B.A., Michigan State University
M.A., Wayne State University
Post Graduate Certificate, Harvard University



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