Gartner Expert

Ken McGee

VP & Gartner Fellow

Ken McGee is a VP and research analyst within Gartner's CIO research team. Mr. McGee specializes in the areas of IT budgets, IT cost-optimization, conventional IT cost cutting, radical IT cost cutting and the business value of IT. He has extensive experience researching economic, financial and business matters that are either heavily influenced by and/or heavily dependent upon IT. Mr. McGee also assists CEOs, CFOs and other senior executives improve their understanding of new emerging business and technology issues such as Digital Business and other digital strategies.

Mr. McGee also serves as one of only 14 other Research Fellows at Gartner and is currently leading a Research Fellows project called "The Total Costs of Digital Strategies." Other Research Fellow projects he has led include:

1) "The Gartner Scenario," Gartner's annual report on the IT industry,

2) Future Skills Needed By Future CIOs,

3) The Knowledge Economy and

4) Who Will Be Next To Be Automated Out Of Their Jobs?

Mr. McGee is the author of the book "Heads Up," published by Harvard Business School Press, which analyzes how individuals and organizations can effectively use real-time information to achieve a competitive advantage.

Before joining Gartner, Mr. McGee held senior IT positions at Goldman, Sachs and Co. and Citi Group in New York and Salomon Brothers in New York and London.

Roles and responsibility

IT User Organizations: CEO, CFO, CMO, CIO COO, Chief Digital Officers,

IT Vendor Companies: Chief Marketing Officers, Chief Digital Officers

Previous experience

Before joining Gartner, Mr. McGee was vice president and an IT director for Salomon Brothers in London.

Professional background

Salomon Brothers

Vice President and IT Director

Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Vice President Communications Director

Areas of coverage

Developing Strategy and Creating a Strategic Plan (retired)

Leading IT Cultural Change and Transformation (retired)

IT Cost Optimization (retired)

Creating and Monitoring Metrics, Dashboards and Scorecards (retired)

Building and Expanding a Digital Business (retired)


Graduate work at Polytechnic University of New York

B.A., Dowling College, New York

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1IT Budgets

2Conventional IT Cost Cutting and Radical IT Cost Cutting

3IT Cost Optimization

4Changing Culture

5Digital Business Developing Digital Starategies