Gartner Expert

Lydia Clougherty Jones

Sr Director Analyst

Lydia Clougherty Jones is a Sr. Research Director in the Data and Analytics Group. Ms. Jones covers data and analytics strategy, data value creation and data monetization. She also covers data sharing, open data, data/digital ethics, privacy as business strategy, data for good, and blockchain smart contracts. She has over 20 years of business and legal experience helping Fortune 100 and 500 clients in the online commercial space navigate data collection and data sharing initiatives while complying with industry best practices. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Boston University and Vanderbilt University.

Previous experience

Prior to joining Gartner, Ms. Jones practiced law for over twenyy years. Helping private and public entities navigate data collection and data sharing initiatives while complying with privacy rules and industry best practices, she was a business and legal data monetization strategist. She also worked with businesses across multiple industries to expand business opportunities through data and analytics, data insights and data monetization. While in private law practice, Ms. Jones was one of the first lawyers in the U.S. to practice internet Law. Predating the start of the dot-com era, she launched an internet Law and online privacy practice group advising clients on data collection/sharing and privacy issues, and using digital business alliances to increase revenue and growth opportunities.

Professional background

Private Consultancy

Data Monetization Strategist

Jennings, Strouss & Salmon (large law firm)


Areas of coverage

Data and Analytics Leaders

Analytics, BI and Data Science Solutions

Data and Analytics Programs and Practices

Corporate Legal and Compliance Technologies (retired)

Executive Leadership: Mergers and Acquisitions


LL.M., New York University School of Law

J.D., Boston University School of Law

B.A., Boston College (with honors)

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Data and Analytics Strategy, including open data and data sharing

2Data monetizing, especially personal data

3Blockchain smart contracts and Information innovation to drive the business value

4Overview of the chief data/analytics/digital officer roles; CDO

5Digital business through data and analytics strategies