Gartner Expert

Alys Woodward

Sr Director Analyst

Alys Woodward has been a Technology Industry Analyst for 12 years out of two decades spent working in BI and Analytics. As a Research Director with Gartner's Technology and Service Provider (T&SP) research group, she works extensively with Gartner's end-user, vendor and investor client base. Ms. Woodward's key areas of focus with BI and Analytics are SaaS and PaaS BI, workforce analytic applications, supply chain analytics, social media analytics, and smart data discovery. Prior to becoming an analyst, Ms. Woodward was a consultant in BI and data warehousing working with healthcare, retail and telecommunications customers.

Previous experience

Prior to joining Gartner, Ms. Woodward led IDC's coverage of Big Data and Analytics in Europe, and headed the Worldwide coverage of Advanced & Predictive Analytics.

Professional background


Research Director, European Big Data and Worldwide Advanced Analytics


Senior Analyst


Senior Consultant

Areas of coverage

Data and Analytics Leaders

Analytics, BI and Data Science Solutions

Artificial Intelligence

Messaging and Differentiation

Emerging Technologies and Trends Impact on Products and Services


Chartered Institute of Marketing Postgraduate Diploma

B.Sc., with honors, Physics, Manchester University

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1What are the key trends in data and analytics that will impact my business?

2Which data and analytics market segments are the most profitable?

3How do I get started as an organization on generating value from internal and external data?