Gartner Expert

Patrick Connaughton

VP Analyst

Patrick Connaughton is a VP in the Enterprise Applications practice and leads the Application Strategy key initiative. In this role, he researches and advises on creating an enterprise application portfolio strategy that aligns with business stakeholder priorities and future technology roadmaps. Mr. Connaughton also helps clients create the best business case for new application investments and measure the impact of those investment over time.

Previous experience

Mr. Connaughton has over 20 years of experience in 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

Research Director



Areas of coverage



Bachelor of Science, Decision Information Science, University of Florida

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Aligning business and applications strategies

2Creating applications roadmaps aligned to those goals

3Setting performance metrics for measuring success

4Architecting and designing for future proof applications