Gartner Expert

Mike J. Walker

Research VP

Mike J. Walker is a Research Director responsible for conducting research in the Enterprise Architecture and Technology Innovation areas. Mr. Walker is specifically focused on how organizations can use business-outcome-driven EA to respond to disruptive trends, such as digital business, emerging technologies and smart machines. Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Walker was a seasoned Chief Architect both working as an advisor with the top global 100 companies on business transformation, strategy and enterprise architecture, along with also leading and establishing internal enterprise architecture programs within major organizations. As an enterprise architecture thought leader, Mr. Walker published numerous books, publications, authoritative architecture guidance, white papers, publication of international standards and standardized frameworks.

Roles and responsibility

Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

Enterprise Architect

Technology Innovation Leader (Innovation Manager)

Chief Innovation Officer (CIO)

Technology Strategist

Innovation Architect

Previous experience

Mr. Walker is an accomplished senior IT leader and has held a variety of positions in leadership, enterprise architecture and deep technology subject matter expert roles. He has spent his career across many discipline areas, such as strategy, enterprise architecture, project management and application development, combined with varying industry verticals, such as financial services, healthcare and high technology.

His works can be found through book publications, trade publications, authoritative architecture guidance, white papers, publication of international standards and standardized frameworks. This guidance was frequently delivered on his blog (www.MikeTheArchitect.com) and in keynotes at industry and vendor conferences around the world.

Professional background

HP

Chief Architect - Strategic Advisory Services

Microsoft

Chief Architect - Microsoft Services

Intellectual Ventures

Chief Architect

Areas of coverage

Enterprise Architecture and Technology Innovation Leaders

Enterprise Architecture

Technology Innovation

Building and Expanding a Digital Business (retired)

Digital Disruption and Innovation (retired)

Education

University of Cincinnati - 2001

Chief Architect Certification - Open CA Level 3

TOGAF Certification

EACOE Certified

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1What are the emerging business and technology disruptions that EA must focus on?

2How can CIOs, CTOs, and EAs drive innovation?

3What are the leading practices within EA?

4What is a Vanguard Enterprise Architect?

5What are the most important technology trends that Gartner advises clients about?