Gartner Expert

Andy Kyte

Distinguished VP Analyst

Andy Kyte is a Vice President and Gartner Fellow in Gartner Research and is a member of the Application Strategy and Governance team. With more than 35 years of experience in the application arena, Mr. Kyte now focuses his research on the challenges facing CIOs and business management teams in managing large complex application portfolios while dealing with continuous demand from business managers for more application capability. This involves developing an understanding of best practices in application strategy and application life cycle management, covering both packaged applications and application development. His work on application strategy is centered on the major theme of Bimodal IT, with a strong focus on application cost containment, and encompasses application total cost of ownership, the unfashionable but vitally important discipline of application maintenance, the quagmire that is "Technical Debt", the challenges of decommissioning applications and the need for focus on non-functional requirements. As a senior member of the Gartner Research community, he is in great demand as a keynote speaker, having participated in events in 46 different countries during the last 20 years.

Roles and responsibility


IT Cost Controllers

Application Leaders

Enterprise Architects

IT Strategists

Previous experience

Mr. Kyte joined Gartner in 1997. Prior to that, he was with ICL Retail Systems, where he was involved in application architecture and design for point-of-sale systems. Before ICL Retail, he spent several years in application development and design for manufacturing systems.

Mr. Kyte began his career by working in various roles in mechanical engineering. His involvement with information technology started in 1982 when he undertook a temporary assignment from the production engineering team to the IT department - and never found his way back. He is passionate about applying engineering disciplines to the development and deployment of application software.

Professional background

ICL (Now Fujitsu)

Distinguished Engineer

Areas of coverage

Applications and Software Engineering Leaders

Modernizing Application Architecture and Infrastructure (retired)

Software Engineering Technologies

Application and Product Portfolio Governance (retired)

IT Cost Optimization (retired)

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Application Strategy & Governance

2Application Rationalization

3Technical Debt

4Application Transformation

5Agile Methods