Gartner Expert

Tomas Hannibal Nielsen

VP Analyst

Tomas Nielsen is a Research Vice President in the IT Strategic Execution Management Research team.

Mr. Nielsen helps Gartner clients turn ideas, visions and objectives into actionable strategies. Consequently, his research focuses on digital business leadership, IT strategy, Enterprise Operating Models and IT Operating Models (including organizational design).

Mr. Nielsen is the Key Initiative Leader for the Enterprise Strategic Planning and Execution Key initiatives which is targeted at Executive Leaders.

He is also a part of the CIO Survey team, working extensively with the CIO Survey and the results from the survey.

Previous experience

Mr. Nielsen has worked both as an IT vendor, responsible for large-scale IT initiatives, and as an IT Management Consultant on a wide range of IT initiatives, ranging from IT strategy and IT transformation to outsourcing/offshoring and IT operations, recently mainly within the financial and public sector.

Professional background

PA Consulting Group

Managing Consultant


Principal Consultant

American Management Systems (Now Part of CGI)

Systems Analyst

Areas of coverage

CIO Leadership of Innovation, Disruptive Trends and Emerging Practices

CIO Leadership of Strategy, Governance and Operating Models

Executive Leadership: Digital Business

Executive Leadership: Enterprise Strategic Planning and Execution


M.B.A./M.B.I., Master of Business Administration/Master of Business Informatics, Rotterdam School of Management, Netherlands

Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and Organizational Behaviour, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

B.Sc., Business Administration and Economics, StorstreomsHandelshoejskoleCenter, SHC (affiliated with Copenhagen Business School), Denmark

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Digital Business Transformation

2I&T Operating Model and Organizational Design

3IT Strategy

4Digital Business Leadership

5CIO Agenda