Gartner Expert

Dave Aron

Distinguished VP Analyst

Dave Aron is a Vice President and Gartner Fellow in the CIO Research group, focusing on digital business and innovation. Mr. Aron is a thought leader on digital business strategy and helping Boards and CxOs understand and engage with advanced business and technology topics such as the impact of the digital dragons, the rise of digital China, antifragility, business dynamics and real options.

He has received Gartner's Analyst of the Year award, created Gartner's IT strategy framework and originated the concept and term "bimodal." He was voted one of the 50 most influential people in U.K. IT in 2017. He has taught business and IT topics at a number of business schools, including London Business School, Oxford University's Said Business School and Henley Business School, and recently wrote a book, "The Essence of Strategy."

Previous experience

Mr. Aron led the global research function at Leading Edge Forum, leading a team of researchers creating insight for clients about leading edge trends, including leading study tours to Seattle and Silicon Valley.

Professional background

Leading Edge Forum

Global Head of Research



Baring Securities

Systems and Security Manager

Areas of coverage

CIO Leadership of Innovation, Disruptive Trends and Emerging Practices

CIO Leadership of Strategy, Governance and Operating Models

Executive Leadership: Digital Business

Executive Leadership: Enterprise Strategic Planning and Execution

Executive Leadership: Executive Communications


M.B.A., London Business School

B.Sc. (I), Queen Mary College

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Creating Powerful Digital Business Strategies, Including Chief Digital Officer Role

2The Evolving Role of Digital Dragons Like Amazon and Alibaba Group

3The Evolving Role of Digital China

4Business and IT simplification