Gartner Expert

Saul Brand

Sr Director Analyst

Saul Brand is a Senior Research Director in the Enterprise Architecture and Technology Innovation team. He leads research on starting, restarting and advancing the capabilities of EA programs. Mr. Brand focuses on using business architecture and enterprise architecture to drive digital business transformation and business outcomes. He is actively involved in research covering "The Future of EA" to bridge the gap between strategy and execution and integrating business and IT. Previously, Mr. Brand led the research community on the emerging topic of digital business platforms. He also focused on EA consultancies and EA tools, researching and helping clients get the best value from large global EA service providers and researching the functionality, selection and implementation of EA tools. He was the lead analyst and author for the Magic Quadrant for EA consultancies and EA tools.

Previous experience

Mr. Brand has a broad and diverse background in strategy, finance and technology, with 15 years of experience in the banking, media, entertainment and consumer products industries. Prior to joining Gartner, he worked at The Walt Disney Co. as a Business Technology Partner for corporate, establishing the enterprise architecture competency center. Previously, Mr. Brand held various finance and strategy positions at banking, biotech and telecom companies, where he initiated and led technology enabled business transformation projects, including systems selection and implementation.

Professional background

The Walt Disney Co.

Business Technology Partner

Various Finance and IT Roles

Various Financial Markets, Executive Finance and IT Roles

Areas of coverage

Enterprise Architecture and Technology Innovation Leaders

Enterprise Architecture

Building and Expanding a Digital Business (retired)

CIO Leadership of Innovation, Disruptive Trends and Emerging Practices

CIO Role Evolution

Education

Master of Science, Shipping, Trade and Finance, Cass Business School, City University, London, England

Postgraduate Diploma in Management, Business Administration, Wits Business School, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Bachelor of Arts with Honors, International Relations, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Starting, restarting, renewing and advancing EA programs to drive targeted business outcomes

2Utilizing Business Architecture to drive digital business transformation and investment decisions

3EA Governance, Assurance, Standards and Architectural Review Boards

4Constructing EA metrics for performance management and EA value proposition purposes

5Leveraging digital platforms to enable interactions across digital ecosystems