Gartner Expert

Daniel Sun

VP Analyst

Daniel Sun is a member of Gartner CIO Research team, and is based in Beijing, China. He is a digital transformation evangelist and focuses on exploring how to leverage digital technologies (e.g., analytics) and capabilities (e.g., agile) to enable digital business model transformation.

Dr. Sun is the core topic leader of Evolving Business Models and Ecosystems. His primary research domains include digital transformation, IT operating model design, IT organizational design, business and IT alignment, digital business model innovation, digital dragons, digital ecosystems, agile and product-centric model.

He spends 70-80% of his interaction time with CIOs and the rest with non-IT executives (e.g., CEOs, CDOs and CFOs).

Previous experience

Prior to Gartner, Dr. Sun worked as digital transformation expert in SAP, head of consulting in IDC, and China General Manager in an U.K.-based business consulting firm. He has also got a number of years experience in AI software research and development.

Professional background

B2B International

China General Manager


Head of Consulting, Associate Vice President


Industry Digital Transformation Expert

Areas of coverage

CIO Leadership of Innovation, Disruptive Trends and Emerging Practices

CIO Role Evolution

CIO Leadership of Strategy, Governance and Operating Models


Ph.D. Candidate, Universite Paris Dauphine

M.B.A., Alliance Manchester Business School

Masters in Software Engineering, Tianjin University

Bachelors in Computer Science, Tianjin University

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1How do CIOs design and execute IT and digital transformation strategy?

2How do CIOs ensure an effective operating model ?

3How do CIOs carry out IT organization design?

4How do CIOs design and execute business model innovation?

5How do CIOs apply product model?