Gartner Expert

Alys Woodward

Sr Director Analyst

Alys Woodward leads a Gartner Key Initiative that advises technology and services providers on discovering, building and integrating emerging technologies and trends into their offerings. This is based on recent research coverage of AI and two decades working in data and analytics. Ms. Woodward's key areas of focus are AI, augmented analytics, data visualization, analytic platforms, decision intelligence, data management and data and analytics services. 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

1How should technology and services providers prioritize emerging technologies and trends that should be integrated into their offerings?

2What does Gartner know about the emerging technologies and trends landscape, relevant adjacent technologies/trends and competitive players?

3How should technology and services providers classify their AI/data and analytics/emerging technology offerings, where do they fit in Gartner's terminology?

4How should technology and services providers message their AI/data and analytics products and how do they find the right buyers?

5What is the state of AI adoption and how should end users plan and build out their internal AI roadmap?