Gartner Expert

Kenneth F. Brant

Sr Director Analyst

Kenneth Brant covers the manufacturing and natural resources industries within Gartner's Vertical Industries Service for information technology and service providers. Mr. Brant analyzes IT market structure and competition, forecasts IT spending, and tracks key IT demand and supply trends. He advises information technology and service providers targeting the manufacturing and natural resources markets by drawing on his experience and skill sets in strategic planning, international marketing management, market research and competitive intelligence in the IT industry. In addition to his vertical industry market coverage, He has been a founding member of the Smart Machines research community, a founding member of Gartner's CoE for the Internet of Things, and a thought leader on the impact of digital business in industrial market segments.

Roles and responsibility

Vendors: Manufacturing Industry Practice Leaders, VP Marketing, VP Sales, VP Business Development, VP Strategy & Planning, Portfolio & Product Management

Invest: Roles with interest in manufacturing markets

Previous experience

Mr. Brant has previously managed Gartner's Enterprise and Supply Chain Management practice within the Software Sector/Business Applications group. He has sponsored and managed manufacturing and collaborative commerce content at Gartner IT symposia and theme conferences. He has also served as the manufacturing research agenda manager for Gartner's Industry Advisory Service (IAS) after spending two years working on business development assignments sponsored by the President of Gartner Research. He joined Gartner in 1999 as an analyst covering the application of technology in manufacturing operations. In the 10 years prior to joining Gartner, he worked for ABB, where he managed strategic planning, market research and business development programs for a Global 100, multinational, manufacturing technology provider.

Professional background

ABB Industrial Automation

Manager, Strategy & Planning


M.B.A., magna cum laude, Rochester Institute of Technology

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Help technology vendors identify growth opportunities in manufacturing industry markets.

2Help vendors understand key demand trends among manufacturing industry IT buyers.

3Help vendors sharpen their go-to-market plans and campaigns for the manufacturing and natural resources industry.

4Help vendors assess the threats of competitors in the industry.

5Help vendors understand the impact of new technologies on their business models.