Gartner Expert

Ray Valdes

VP Analyst

Ray Valdes is VP Analyst in Gartner TSP division, in the Emerging Technologies group. He covers blockchain, Web3, metaverse, digital twin, IOT, smart cities, and decentralized identity.

Previous experience

Ray Valdes has 20 years of experience in software product design, blockchain development, internet development and startup management. He has been a principal or co-founder of a half dozen technology startup ventures, in the areas of blockchain, mobile platforms, web portal solutions, digital music and computer graphics. He has also worked for some of the leading technology vendors. Prior to joining Gartner, he was Chief Transformation Officer (CTO) for Consensus, one of the most prominent blockchain companies in the industry.

His past experience includes head of software development for a mobile platform vendor, helping build innovative foundational technology that garnered 35 patents. Previously, he was VP of Software Development at CKMP, a leading vendor of internet portal solutions that eventually went to IPO. Mr. Valdes has also served as VP Engineering for an internet music company, as well as co-founder of a computer graphics technology company.

Professional background


CTO (Chief Transformation Officer)


Research Vice President & Gartner Fellow


Vice President of Engineering


B.A., cum laude, Bucknell University

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Blockchain technology strategy and architecture

2Competitive landscape in the era of algorithmic business and programmable economy

3Best practices in deploying blockchain applications

4Competitive landscape for blockchain technology products and vendors

5Blockchain use cases in certain verticals (healthcare, supply chain, financial services)