Gartner Expert

Eric Trenk

VP Analyst

Eric Trenk is a Research Director focusing on technology product strategy, product positioning and product management. Mr. Trenk provides research and advisory services to large, midsized and emerging technology vendor organizations on best practices to increase product innovation, optimize R&D investment allocation, build effective product roadmaps and position offerings to drive revenue growth.

Previous experience

Mr. Trenk has more than 20 years of high-technology industry experience spanning software, hardware and technology services. He has led efforts to launch new products, create innovation strategies in mature organizations, transition on-premise software to SaaS, prioritize R&D initiatives, and align engineering, sales, and marketing functions to support product roadmaps. He has held leadership roles with two venture-backed technology vendors that have successfully grown and been acquired by public companies.

Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Trenk was most recently responsible for product management for the Master Data Management Software portfolio at IBM. Mr. Trenk began his career as an engineer working on the design and manufacture of personal computers.

Professional background

IBM

Product Management Program Director

Initiate Systems

Services Director

BMC Software

R&D Program Manager

Areas of coverage

Product Leadership

Product Planning

Product Development

Product Introduction

Product Life Cycle Management

Education

M.B.A., Magna Cum Laude, University of Texas

B.S., Electrical Engineering, Magna Cum Laude, Texas A&M University

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Developing and refining product strategies

2Preparing for new product launch

3Evaluating SaaS pricing models

4Increasing the effectiveness of the product management organization