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 disruptive trends such as artificial intelligence, blockchain and the impact of the digital giants.

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

Building and Expanding a Digital Business (retired)

IT Finance, Risk and Value (retired)

Cross-Industry Innovation and Disruption (retired)

Digital Disruption and Innovation (retired)


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

3Exploiting AI for Business Success

4The Evolving Role of Digital China