Brett Sparks is a Sr. Director Analyst at Gartner in the IT Leaders Sourcing, Procurement and Vendor Management team. Mr. Sparks covers the IT managed services market, in particular, managed services and trends, provider selection, sourcing strategy, contracts and negotiation and cost optimization. Mr. Sparks also guides Gartner clients in injecting thought leadership, innovation and transformation into services partnerships.
Mr. Sparks has over 30 years of experience in the IT industry including international operations management, program and project management, enterprise architecture, and mergers and acquisitions. He has worked in manufacturing, insurance, legal, health care, finance, and government industries on programs throughout EMEA, NA, and AP regions. He has led teams at Arthur Andersen, Ohio Casualty Group, Tempur-Pedic (now Tempur Sealy) and Lexmark International. Before entering the private sector, he served nine years active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps in various leadership roles around the globe.
Lexmark International, Inc.
Global Alliance Manager, Vendor Management
Global IT Infrastructure and Operations Manager
Ohio Casualty Group
Sourcing, Procurement and Vendor Management Leaders
IT Services and Solutions
Negotiating IT Contracts
Executive Leadership: Strategic Cost Optimization
1Develop and execute a sourcing strategy and effective partnership for applications services
2Injecting innovation and thought leadership into sourcing agreements
3Best practices in establishing and managing SLAs, penalties and incentives for applications services
4Cost optimization and holistic spend analysis to reduce technical debt and drive efficiencies
5How to best govern outsourced applications services provider delivery