Gartner Expert

Ehtisham Zaidi

VP Analyst

Ehtisham Zaidi is part of the Data Management team. His research is focused on Data Management Solutions for Data and Analytics leaders and Data Management teams. He covers strategy, best practices, market guidance, technology evaluation and selection, architectures and operating models. His research topics include Data Integration, Data Engineering, DataOps, Data Virtualization, Data Hub, Data Architectures, Data Fabric, Data Mesh, Data Marketplace, Data Products, and guidance on pricing and licensing for tools in these topic areas.

Mr. Zaidi works with Gartner clients on building the business case for investing in and furthering their maturity in these areas. In addition, he closely follows the related technology markets, advising clients on vendor and tool selection, price negotiation, and emerging deployment approaches for optimal impact and value. He assists clients with modernization strategies for their data management programs and technology infrastructure.

Previous experience

Before joining the Data and Analytics team as a Senior Research Analyst, Mr. Zaidi was a Contributing Analyst at Gartner, supporting the BI, analytics and performance management agendas, where his primary tasks were to create, along with Senior Analysts, highly actionable written research for IT leaders. He was responsible for conducting and driving critical research projects, including branded research comprising Market Guides, Hype Cycles, Market Clocks and Survey Analysis. He also supported various Gartner events during his stint as a Contributing Analyst. Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Zaidi was Assistant Manager at Oxigen Services, responsible for marketing analytics in the Online Business Department. Prior to that, he was a Business Analyst in the IT Division at Oxigen. During his time at Oxigen, he was responsible for setting up a business analytics division, implementing BI tools across all business units and streamlining the MIS reporting structure to allow the senior management to make data-driven decisions.

Before joining Oxigen, Mr. Zaidi was a Software Developer at Laurus Infosystems (formerly Aptuit Laurus), where he worked with leading healthcare and pharmaceutical clients to develop and implement end-to-end ERP and supply chain management solutions leveraging the latest Oracle DBMS platforms, tools and industry best practices.

Professional background

Oxigen Services India Private

Assistant Manager, Online Business

Laurus Infosystems India Private

Software Engineer Grade II

Tikona Digital Networks

Area Sales Manager

Areas of coverage

Data Management Solutions


M.B.A., Analytics and Marketing with distinction, Great Lakes Institute of Management, India

Bachelor of Technology, Electronics and Communications, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi, India

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Data integration (tools, vendors, architectures, best practices)

2Data Fabric and Data Mesh (design, best practices, teams, vendors, strategies)

3Data Engineering and DataOps (best practices, architecture, organizational approaches, tools, vendors)

4Data Virtualization, Data preparation and Data Catalogs (tools, best practices and vendors)

5Pricing strategy and contract reviews (data management strategies agenda)