David Groombridge is a Vice President Analyst within the Sourcing, Procurement and Vendor Management team in Gartner Research. Mr. Groombridge undertakes analysis on all phases of the IT sourcing cycle, with a particular focus on best practices in the sourcing of managed workplace services and hybrid infrastructure services. He helps clients solve strategic sourcing issues as well as develops research to support clients with practical advice on this evolving space. He provides guidance for clients on vendor selection, contract pricing, structure and terms, and commercial negotiations.
Mr. Groombridge has 20 years of experience in the IT industry. Prior to joining Gartner, he reported to the CIO of Eversheds, a global law firm. In this role, he managed a number of strategic vendor relationships, led the successful negotiation of the firm's largest outsourcing deal, and managed the implementation of multiple data center outsourcing, BPO and SaaS initiatives, and also won the firmwide innovation award in 2011. Prior to his time at Eversheds, he held a range of IT program and product manager roles, spanning the insurance, financial services and enterprise software industries.
Head of Business Systems
Legal & General
Product Center Manager
Contracting for Cloud (retired)
Contracting for Services (retired)
IT Services and Solutions
M.A., With Honors, King's College, University of Cambridge
B.Sc., With Honors, Open University
1Developing sourcing strategies to underpin digital business strategies
2Sourcing and negotiating public and private cloud SAP hosting contracts
3Selecting the right infrastructure services vendor for workplace services and data center outsourcing deals
4Negotiating the right price, terms and relationships in infrastructure services contracts
5Sourcing for blockchain consultancy providers