Gartner Information Technology Expert

Simon James Walker

Director Analyst

A Senior Principal Research Analyst on the IT Leaders' team, Simon Walker covers product information management (PIM) and master data management (MDM), with a focus on product and multidomain data. Mr. Walker provides expertise and advice to Gartner clients in these areas, with an emphasis on information strategy, the importance of MDM and data governance within data management, master data and compliance, the business value of PIM/MDM and how to operationalize PIM/MDM in support of business objectives.

Previous experience

Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Walker served in senior management roles including software product management and product strategy, for master data management (MDM) and product information management (PIM) software vendors. He has extensive knowledge of the MDM/PIM market and technology. With his extensive experience, he guided Stibo Systems' product strategy, achieving market leadership. He provided a broad and deep insight into the MDM market, trends and new opportunities, through a thorough understanding and appreciation of the whole discipline of product management. Also, shaping and defining product innovations through commercial justification and validation of concepts. As a result, global top-tier retail and B2B companies successfully implemented the product for master data management, data-driven marketing and multichannel commerce.

Professional background

Stibo Systems

Director of Innovation

Pindar Systems (Now Agility Multichannel)

Director, Product Management

Areas of coverage

Data and Analytics Leaders

Data Management Solutions

Technology and Solutions for Supply Chain and Operations

Data and Analytics Strategies

Digital Commerce Technologies

Education

M.Sc., Digital Commerce, Manchester Metropolitan University, U.K.

B.A., With Honors, Photography and Digital Imaging, Manchester Metropolitan University, U.K.

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Master Data Management (MDM) & Product Information Management (PIM) Vendor and Tool Evaluation

2Master Data Management MDM / PIM Business Case Development

3Development of MDM, Data Stewardship and Data Governance Strategies, and Implementation

4Understanding the Business Case for MDM

5Business value of MDM