Gartner Expert

Barika L Pace

Sr Director Analyst

Barika L Pace does research focused on securing emerging technologies, societal disruptive trends, and optimizing product strategy. Her research covers threats and disruptions facing, Internet of Things (IoT), cyber-physical systems (CPS), operational technology (OT), and social media risk. Barika is expert in security capabilities and market trends.

As part of her extended research agenda, Mrs. Pace supports Gartner's Voice of Society and Women in Technology initiatives for 2021. Her work these areas include supporting technology and services clients in building products that span the digital divide building diverse and inclusive teams, and channeling disruption caused by social change, economic dynamics and national security.

Finally, Ms. Pace enjoys working with tech CEOs, product managers, product marketing leadership, CMOs, CISOs, digital manufacturing product innovators, security providers, and various clients on organizational and cultural changes needed to remain agile.

Previous experience

Prior to joining Gartner, Ms. Pace held several leadership positions at General Electric, Ford Motor and IBM in smart manufacturing, IoT, product management and cybersecurity. She enjoyed building agile product teams and delivering value. Early on in her career she enjoyed working in the public sector for U.S. Department of Labor. These varied backgrounds provided her with multifaceted insights on market and business challenges and opportunities.

Professional background

General Electric

Senior Product Manager

Ford Motor

Senior Analyst


Senior Consultant

Areas of coverage

Product Strategy and Launch for Tech CEOs

Product Leadership

Product Life Cycle Management

Messaging and Differentiation

Emerging Technologies and Trends Impact on Products and Services


Post Graduate Certificate, Harvard University

M.A., Wayne State University

B.A., Michigan State University

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1IOT IT security alignment, managing OT security risk and organizational transformation

2Cybersecurity market trends including capitalizing on consolidation, XDR, emerging technologies and product differentiation

3Managing social media risk including brand protection, disinformation and security risk

4Building resilient technology products and solutions that account for diversity, inclusion and equity

5How do I tackle organizational questions like social change, public affairs, voice of society, diversity and inclusion?