Gartner Expert

William McNeill

Sr Director Analyst

William McNeill is a senior research director in Gartner's supply chain group. He currently researches sourcing and procurement applications for supply chain with a focus on supply base management: supplier information, supplier risk and supplier collaboration. His primary responsibility is in helping end-user clients research, select and procure software applications in the aforementioned areas. Mr. McNeill also has a strong working knowledge of such core technologies and concepts as software-as-a-service, blockchain, and machine learning. Mr. McNeill has previously researched global trade management, field service and EDI software and services. Mr. McNeill won a Gartner research writing award and has more than 20 years of experience in technology.

Previous experience

Before joining AMR Research, Mr. McNeill was a Senior Technical Writer at Salesnet. Prior to Salesnet, he was a Technical Writer and Editor at Forrester Research.

Mr. McNeill is also a published author and was an Editor for four years at Adams Media Corp., a business book publisher.

Professional background


Technical Writer

Forrester Research


Areas of coverage

Supply Chain Technology Strategy and Selection

Direct Material Sourcing and Supply Chain Services (retired)


B.S., University of New Hampshire

Xi Sigma Pi Honor Society

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Software selection for supply base management applications including supplier information, supplier risk and supplier collaboration.

2Selection for multienterprise supply chain business networks and EDI networks.

3Contract and statement of work review

4Helping vendors identify business buyer needs and trends

5Helping vendors identify new technologies and functionality to consider