Gartner Expert

Alexander Hoeppe

VP Analyst

Alexander Hoeppe's research responsibilities include IoT/Industrie 4.0 technology and business strategies that include smart manufacturing, as well as complex technology architectures for end-to-end IoT platform solutions. Mr. Hoeppe covers the full life cycle of industrial IoT and Industrie 4.0 solution implementation initiatives across all phases: Strategic alignment/business case definition, conception, process-driven, but also agile implementation and operation of heterogeneous IoT architectures. Mr. Hoeppe has deep knowledge in the area of business process digitization with a clear focus on SAP and leading PLM solution providers like Siemens, PTC or Dassault Systemes combined with a strong methodology background especially in the area of BPM, EAM including integration of CPS, maturity assessment wizards and model-based implementation approaches.

Previous experience

Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Hoeppe was Vice President of the Innovations and Portfolio management at Scheer GmbH. Mr. Hoeppe participated in corporate strategy design, consulting services and solution portfolio management processes (idea-to-offer). Mr. Hoeppe was also managing the Industrie 4.0 and Big Data/Cloud initiatives and therewith played a key role in the definition of new IoT-related consulting solutions and software products.

Before that he was head of the solution unit PLM, MDM and ECM (product life cycle/ master data/ enterprise content management) with a focus on process-driven implementation of SAP including integration of leading PLM, MDM and ECM solution providers.

Prior to joining Scheer, Mr. Hoeppe was Principal Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM Business Consulting for more than five years working mainly with Fortune 500 companies on large-scale global implementation and rollout projects. Before his consulting career, Mr. Hoeppe worked for five years as a design engineer and project manager in the capital goods industry with a focus on environmental technologies and power plant engineering and construction.

Professional background

Scheer GmbH/Software AG

VP Innovation and Portfolio Management


Principal Consultant

Babcock Borsig

Design Engineer/Project Manager

Areas of coverage

Industry Strategy Execution (retired)

Industry Product Planning (retired)

Industry Markets and Technologies

Manufacturing Digital Transformation and Innovation

Manufacturing IT Optimization and Modernization


M.B.A., Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, U.K.

Diploma Engineer Mechanical Engineering, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1What is the best approach to design, build and run IoT platforms?

2How to identify and prioritize IoT scenarios and use cases Internet of Things - especially in manufacturing but also in other vertical industries?

3How to identify and select the right IoT partners (vendors, research institutes, consortia ...)?

4How to visualize a comprehensive IoT architecture not only from a technical but also from a business point of view (top-down and role-based views)?

5How to modernize my innovation process and my portfolio considering emerging technology trends?