Gartner Expert

Desere Edwards

VP, Source to Contract

Desere Edwards is a member of the team covering Gartner's research on evaluating and deploying procurement and sourcing technologies, cross-industry and cross-technology. Solutions covered include e-sourcing, buy-side catalog management, contingent & freelancer workforce management solutions, contract life cycle management applications, procure-to-pay solutions, spend analysis, supplier diversity, supply base management, supplier risk management and service procurement solutions.

Ms. Edward's special interests at Gartner are software as a service (SaaS) for procurement solutions and solution implementation planning.

Roles and responsibility

End Users (Buyers): CIO, Enterprise Architect, Chief Procurement Officer, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Chief Finance Officer

Vendors: CEO, CTO, VP Marketing, VP Product Management

Previous experience

Ms. Edwards has more than 25 years of experience in contracting, procurement, strategic sourcing, logistics and supply chain management as a practitioner in the consumer packaged goods industry and the U.S. military. Prior to becoming an analyst, Ms. Edwards led Gartner's global procurement team and was the IT & services procurement team director in the Strategic Sourcing Consortium for PepsiCo and Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Professional background


Senior Director, Global Procurement


Director, IT&Services - Strategic Sourcing Consortium with Anheuser-Busch InBev

PepsiCo Business Information + Solutions (BIS)

Group Manager, IT Procurement

Areas of coverage

Modernizing Finance and Procurement Applications (retired)


Master of Arts, Procurement and Acquisition Management, Webster University

Bachelor of Science, Education, Tennessee Technological University

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Create a long-term source-to-settle (S2S) technology roadmap

2Evaluate and select procurement and sourcing vendors/products

3Develop contract lifecycle management (CLM) programs and evaluate/select solutions

4Develop supplier diversity programs and select supporting technology

5Develop contingent workforce and freelancer management programs and select VMS/FMS solutions