Gartner Expert

Patrick Connaughton

VP Analyst

Patrick Connaughton is a Research Vice President in the Enterprise Operations team. Patrick 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. Patrick 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.

Previous experience

Mr. Connaughton has over 20 years of experience in supply chain, procurement research and advisory roles. Before he joined Gartner, he was a Research Director at The Hackett Group. Prior 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

Forrester Research

Principal Analyst



Areas of coverage

Procurement and Strategic Sourcing Applications

Sourcing and Procurement


Bachelor of Science, Decision Information Science, University of Florida

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

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

2Creating a shortlist of vendors to evaluate for source-to-contract (S2C) applications

3Comparing the various P2P suites and choosing a best-fit solution

4Determining how emerging technologies like AI and RPA deliver value to sourcing and procurement organizations

5Assessing whether a full suite or ecosystem approach is needed