Gartner Expert

George Spafford

VP Analyst

George Spafford is a Vice President Analyst for Gartner, covering DevOps / DevSecOps, Platform Engineering and Site Reliability Engineering (SRE). His publications include hundreds of articles and numerous books on IT management, as well as co-authorship of "The Phoenix Project," "The Visible Ops Handbook" and "Visible Ops Security."

Previous experience

Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Spafford consulted on ITIL, IT strategy, Information Security and overall IT service improvement. Mr. Spafford holds an M.B.A. from Notre Dame, a B.A. in materials and logistics management from Michigan State University and an honorary degree from Konan Daigaku in Japan. He is a certified ITIL Expert, a TOCICO Jonah and a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).

Professional background

Cognizant Technology Solutions

Senior Manager

Pepperweed Consulting

Principal Consultant

Spafford Global Consulting


Areas of coverage

I&O Organizational Strategy

I&O Operations Management


M.B.A., University of Notre Dame

B.A., Materials and Logistics, Michigan State University

Certificate in Asian Studies - Japan, Michigan State University Honorary Degree, Konan Daigaku

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1How best to implement and scale DevOps or DevSecOps in large IT organizations?

2How best to implement and leverage site reliability engineering (SRE) in enterprise IT organizations?

3How does I&O leverage platform engineering?

4How do we scale a DevOps effort?

5How do we reboot a stalled DevOps effort?