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Stephanie Stoudt-Hansen

Managing Vice President

Stephanie Stoudt-Hansen is a Managing Vice President in the Sourcing, Procurement and Vendor Management team within Gartner Research. Ms. Stoudt-Hansen manages a global team of analysts who focus on publishing research and advising Gartner clients on best practices on deal negotiation strategies and contract terms with major software providers, such as Microsoft, ServiceNow, and IBM. Her team also analyze market trends impacting software pricing and contracting. Prior to her current position, Stephanie was an analyst, Vice President in the SPVM space, covering all things Infrastructure Outsourcing, Contracting, Security and DEI leadership, and a Hyperautomation RC leader.

Previous experience

Prior to joining Gartner, Ms. Stoudt-Hansen was a Director of Strategic IT projects for Thomson Reuters where she protected corporate interests by representing data center consolidations, operations, strategy, IT infrastructure and critical services engineering by leveraging vendor agreements, deriving full value by managing costs, risks and opportunities.

Professional background

Thomson Reuters

VP Analyst IT Leaders & Tech Professional

Areas of coverage

Analytics and Artificial Intelligence for Technical Professionals


Juris Doctor, Hamline University School of Law

B.A., Journalism and Communications, University of Minnesota

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Infrastructure outsourcing contract negotiation for DCO/HIMs, cloud and managed workplace services

2Diversity and inclusion

3Security negotiations and contract language

4Hyperautomation, artificial intelligence, service provider capabilities, RPA, contracts, negotiation

5Complex outsourcing contracts