Gartner Expert

Patrick Connaughton

Sr Director Analyst

Patrick Connaughton is part of the team covering Gartner's research on evaluating and deploying procurement and strategic sourcing technologies. Solutions covered includes supply risk management, spend analysis, e-sourcing, contract life cycle management, e-procurement, buy-side catalog management, supply base management and services procurement solutions.

Mr. Connaughton's special interests at Gartner are advising CIOs, Application Leaders responsible for Procurement and Sourcing applications, and CPOs on creating a long-term technology roadmap and the use of artificial intelligence to streamline supplier discovery, selection, contracting and risk management.

Previous experience

Mr. Connaughton has over 17 years of experience in supply chain and procurement research and advisory roles. Before Mr. Connaughton joined Gartner, he was a Research Director at The Hackett Group. Previous to that, he was a Principal Analyst at Forrester Research and a consulting manager at Manhattan Associates, JDA Software and Accenture.

Professional background

The Hackett Group

Senior Research Director

JDA Software (I2, Manugistics)


Forrester Research

Principal Analyst

Areas of coverage

Procurement and Strategic Sourcing Applications


Bachelor of Science, Decision Information Science, University of Florida

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Evaluating and selecting sourcing and procurement technology suppliers

2Positioning and investment prioritization for procurement technology vendors

3Creating a long term source-to-pay technology roadmap

4Improving procurement and sourcing technology adoption rates

5Helping IT better align with procurement and finance to raise its value proposition