Gartner Expert

Cathleen E. Blanton

VP Analyst

Cathleen Blanton is a Vice President in Gartner Research, where she is a member of the Public Sector Government team. Ms. Blanton focuses on U.S. Federal agencies, covering strategic planning, governance, and ensuring IT enables business and mission value. She specializes in helping CIOs position themselves to partner with executive counterparts on the issues that help their agencies achieve digital government outcomes in both business efficiency and mission effectiveness. She takes an approach that is both pragmatic and tailored to the government culture.

Previous experience

As an EA analyst, Ms. Blanton focused on research that would make enterprise architecture a practical, useful governance mechanism. As a Gartner consultant, she led the EA practice, participating in more-complex projects, providing direction to other practitioners, leading the development of engagement IP and coordinating with research.

At Ernst & Young Consulting (later acquired by Capgemini), she worked with Fortune 500 clients around the world on their IT strategy and EA programs. At IBM, she began as a system engineer, supporting all of IBM's products for federal financial regulatory clients. She then moved to a position in which she provided technical support for IBM storage systems at the Area Systems Center and later client/server technologies at the Washington Systems Center.

Professional background

Ernst & Young Consulting (now Capgemini)

Senior Manager


Systems Engineer & Market Support Specialist (Storage Systems and Client/Server)

Areas of coverage

Enterprise Architecture

Government Digital Transformation and Innovation

Government Technology Optimization and Modernization


B.S., cum laude (distinction in the major), Applied Mathematics, Yale College

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1How can governments tailor their strategic planning approach to improve mission outcomes?

2How can public sector IT organize its roles and governance to be more effective?

3How can CIOs message their concerns to resonate with business and mission executives?

4How can the federal government leverage IT investments to deliver better mission and business outcomes?

5How can government optimize costs, provide financial transparency, and communicate the value of information and technology to their mission?