Gartner Expert

Heather Colella

VP Analyst

Research Vice President and analyst for Gartner's Executive Transitions research and mid-size enterprise clients. Thought leader behind The Art of the One-Page Strategy. Passionate about strategy, effective communications and Gartner clients' personal success.

Ms. Colella's motto is "Your Success Is My Joy," because she feels rewarded when clients achieve new levels of success using Gartner services.

Previous experience

Ms. Colella's experience has been invested as a management consultant, developing information technology strategies, architectures and plans for major corporations. She has been a CEO of her own management consulting firm, was a Managing Director with KPMG/BearingPoint, a Senior Manager with KPMG/Nolan, Norton & Co., and a Consultant with both Gemini Consulting and IBM.

Prior to joining Gartner, she was a Director at Fossil Partners and was responsible for three user-facing global organizations: PMO, service desk, and relationship managers who served as liaisons between the business areas within Fossil and IT.

Professional background

Fossil Partners


Nolan Norton/KPMG/BearingPoint

Managing Director



Areas of coverage

Midsize Enterprise IT Leadership

CIO Role Evolution


Master's Degree, Business Administration, University of Dallas

Bachelor's Degree, Psychology, University of Connecticut

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Business and IT strategy: The art of the one-page strategy

2How to create effective presentations

3Effective communications

4How to demonstrate the business value of IT

5Midsize Enterprise CIOs