Analyst Profile

Charles Smulders

Charles Smulders

Practice Vice President

28 years at Gartner ,  31 years industry experience
Santa Clara, CA USA

Roles and Responsibilities

Charles Smulders is the Managing Vice President of Gartner's Apps Governance and Technology Group. In this capacity, Mr. Smulders oversees and guides Gartner's IT Leaders focused research on Apps Strategy and Governance, Architecture, Infrastructure and Integration, and Design and Development. He is based in Santa Clara, California.

Areas of Coverage

  • PCs, Laptops & Handheld Devices
  • Mobile & Wireless


Previous Experience

Prior to his current assignment, Mr Smulders was Managing Vice President of Gartner's Mobile and Endpoint team where he oversaw Gartner's IT Leaders focused research on mobile, PCs, desktop virtualization, Windows and OS. From 2014 to 2016, he was a Research VP covering the Enterprise File Sync and Share market. In 2014, Mr. Smulders completed a three-year assignment running Gartner's Research Content Process group. During this time, he was responsible for designing and delivering internal Research-related applications, including Gartner's Research Planning Tool and the Next-Generation Magic Quadrant. In addition, he had responsibility for developing Gartner's methodologies, Research Agenda management and content, and writing, graphics and editing approaches. In his previous positions with Gartner, Mr. Smulders led the End User Client Computing and Storage teams and the technology-and-service-provider-focused Computing Hardware team. He was also Gartner's Lead Analyst for Apple and Dell, the lead for distribution channel research and a Gartner forecast head. Mr. Smulders relocated to the U.S. in 1997, having worked at Dataquest's (acquired by Gartner) EMEA headquarters in the U.K., where he was responsible for European PC research. Prior to that, he worked as an analyst for Romtec, a U.K.-based IT market research company and at a major specialist chain in the retail sector.

Professional Background

Dataquest (Acquired by Gartner), Principal Analyst, 4 years
Romtec, Senior Analyst, 3 years


B.S., with honors, University of Birmingham, England



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