Gartner Expert

David Groombridge

Distinguished VP Analyst

David Groombridge is a Distinguished Vice President Analyst, Gartner Fellow and Chief of Research within the IT Leaders and Technical Professionals practice in Gartner Research. Mr. Groombridge undertakes analysis on the impacts of changing aspects of globalization on IT and business strategies, with a focus on identifying and managing risks. He also provides guidance for clients on all phases of the IT sourcing cycle, with a particular focus on best practices in the sourcing of managed workplace services, hybrid infrastructure services and hosting of SAP systems.

Previous experience

Mr. Groombridge has over 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.

Professional background


Head of Business Systems

Legal & General

Program Manager


Product Center Manager

Areas of coverage

IT Contracts Negotiations


M.A., With Honors, King's College, University of Cambridge

B.Sc., With Honors, Open University

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

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 deals

4Selecting the right infrastructure services vendor for data center outsourcing deals

5Understanding and benefiting from Gartner's 2022 Top Strategic Technology Trends