Gartner Expert

Samantha Searle

Director Analyst

Samantha Searle, Ph.D., covers research that helps organizations succeed in driving technology innovation. Ms. Searle's main coverage areas include technology innovation and trends (including the annual Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends research), the changing role of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and innovation labs. Previously, she led the Magic Quadrant and Critical Capabilities for enterprise architecture tools research, as well as developing research on business process management and enterprise business process analysis tools. She leverages her previous experience in academia and consulting to research best practices in applying technology innovation, enterprise architecture and business process management for client organizations. She advises clients on how to develop the right approach for their organization, especially when driving technology innovation in the context of digital business.

Previous experience

In her previous role at Gartner, Ms. Searle managed the research agenda and reports for the Enterprise for IT Leaders group, covering Enterprise Applications' SAP and Sourcing and Vendor Management. After graduating from University College, London, with a Ph.D. in Astronomy, she continued to work as a researcher in academia. Her research has been published in international scientific journals and conference proceedings. She also has some experience researching and producing reports on renewable energy markets in Europe. After graduation, she gained work experience as a consultant in London and Barcelona, specializing in organization development and culture.

Areas of coverage

CIO Technology and Innovation Leadership

Executive Leadership: Innovation and Disruption Management

Digital Innovation and Enablement Function

Digital Future


Ph.D., Astronomy, University College, London

M.Sc., Astrophysics, University College, London

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1How to succeed as a Chief Technology Officer

2How to identify current technology trends (trendspotting)

3How to set up innovation labs and innovation partnerships

4How to develop technology strategy and technology roadmaps

5How to build a digital innovation and enablement function