Gartner Expert

Ephraim Baron

VP, Team Manager

Ephraim Baron is a vice president, team manager within the CIO Finance, Economic Value, and Risk organization. He applies first-hand experience from over 25 years managing IT organizations to his research and client conversations. Focus areas include:

- Business value of IT and running IT as a business

- Enterprise modernization spanning design, planning, implementation, operation, and economics

- Infrastructure and operations including on-premises, cloud, edge, internet of things (IoT), and colocation market dynamics

- FinOps activities including cost tagging, tracking, allocation, and chargeback / showback / shameback, reserved capacity planning, and organizational structure

- DevOps and Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) methods and benefits

- Digital marketplaces and procurement, including coordination with sourcing, procurement, and vendor management

- IT Portfolio planning, rationalization, and optimization

- IT Key Metrics data by focus area, industry, and component

- Cloud and IT economics, including pricing strategies, SaaS migration, spend optimization, and FinOps

- Economic timing and impact of emerging technologies

Mr. Baron has also held the positions of CIO, head of marketing, head of product, and senior strategist at companies ranging from startups to Fortune 100 enterprises. Ephraim brings wide range of IT and financial experience, with a strong focus on applying technology to address business challenges and opportunities. He holds three engineering degrees as well as an MBA.

Previous experience

Prior to Gartner, Mr. Baron focused on product development & marketing, cloud economics, and ISV-to-SaaS migration for technology service providers. His emphasis was business-led technology strategy at companies including EMC, Equinix, and Taos. Before that, he held senior IT leadership roles at companies including HP, Microsoft, and Barclays. His industry experience spans aerospace, high tech, finance, and insurance.

Professional background


Head of Product Development


Sr Director, Global Solutions Development


Group Program Manager

Areas of coverage

CIO Impact on Digital Business Strategy and Execution

Technology Finance, Risk and Value Management

Executive Leadership: Strategic Cost Optimization

Executive Leadership: Cloud for Business Enablement

Business of High Tech


B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, cum laude

M.S. Aerospace Engineering, Stanford University

M.S. Systems Engineering and MBA, San Jose State University

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Defining and quantifying the business value of cloud computing

2Product portfolio strategy, development, and optimization

3Edge computing and IoT market size and trends

4Product marketing and pricing strategies

5ISV to SaaS migration