Gartner Expert

Barika L Pace

Sr Director Analyst

Barika L. Pace conducts research that focuses on technology and on service providers who are building technology for the good of society. Her research concentrates on creating product strategies that ensure sustainability, equity, and digital product safety by addressing the convergence of IT and device connectivity in a world of cyber-physical systems. Ms. Pace helps clients to address bias in product design, mitigate security and safety concerns for smart devices,, and amplify messaging that resonates with consumer values. As part of technology for the good coverage, Ms. Pace continues to lead research into the IoT, OT security, and the management of social media disruption. Ms. Pace Gartner’s Voice of Society initiatives for 2022 and serves as a research connection leader for Gartner Product Management. Finally, she enjoys working with tech product managers, CEOs CMOs, CTOs, and CISOs on product innovation, messaging, product strategy, diversity, inclusion, and navigating social disruption and public policy changes.

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 Leadership

Product Planning

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

1How can I eliminate bias in product design

2How do I manage safety and security concerns related to IOT, OT and other cyber physical systems

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

4Building technology products and services that benefit society

5Disruptive trends impacting technology service providers