Gartner Expert

Naveen Mahendra

Sr Director Analyst

Naveen is part of the team that advises application leaders on procurement and strategic sourcing applications. This includes helping define and identify technologies across the source-to-pay landscape and creating procurement technology strategy. Naveen helps clients understand the market landscape, prioritize investments, evaluate vendors and determine best-fit, negotiate contracts, and deploy best practices across a variety of market segments including Source-to-Contract (S2C) (spend analysis, supplier management, e-sourcing, and contract life cycle management) and Procure-to-Pay technologies. He also assesses and advises clients on the use of emerging technologies, such as AI, RPA, and advanced analytics, across sourcing and procurement.

Mr. Mahendra has over 22 years of experience in varied capacities such as Buyer, Category Manager, Head of Category, Procurement Consultant, Procurement Outsourcing Architect, Implementation Program Manager, IT Services Delivery Leader, Director of Implementation and Client Success. Before he joined Gartner, he was a Regional Director at GEP. Prior to that, he was a Regional Delivery Leader at Wipro and roles at organization such as IBM and Infosys.

Previous experience

At GEP, I was the Regional Implementation Director responsible for implementing GEP's Procurement technology solutions to their clients across Europe

Professional background

IBM Global Services

IT Hardware Buyer

Infosys Limited

IT Category Manager

Wipro Limited

Regional Delivery Leader

Areas of coverage

Sourcing and Procurement

Education

Bachelors in Science - Mathematics

Certified Procurement Professional

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Creating a sourcing and procurement technology roadmap that best aligns with business objectives

2How to leverage technology to digitally transform procurement

3Assessing whether a full suite or ecosystem approach is needed

4How to create a shortlist of vendors to evaluate for source-to-contract (S2C) applications

5How emerging technologies like AI and RPA will deliver value to sourcing and procurement organizations