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John Wheeler
Research Director
6 years at Gartner
26 years IT Industry

John A. Wheeler is a Research Director with responsibility for covering risk management and executive leadership topics. His areas of specialty include operational risk management, executive management / leadership and corporate governance. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAWheeler Read Full Bio

Bringing Clarity to “Fluffy Management Stuff” With IRM

by John A. Wheeler  |  March 29, 2017

I had the honor and privilege to spend several days last week with 400 IT leaders at our Gartner Peer Forum in Orlando, Florida. Speaking to the group gave me the opportunity to explain what many, including my fellow Gartner research colleagues, call “fluffy management stuff” or FMS for short. What is FMS? Well, it […]

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IRM Solutions Market Will Grow to $7.3 Billion by 2020

by John A. Wheeler  |  March 20, 2017

Earlier this month, Gartner released its inaugural forecast of the integrated risk management (IRM) software solutions market. The IRM market — formerly referred to as “governance, risk management and compliance (GRC)” — is estimated to have grown by 17.4% from 2014 to 2015 and by 17% from 2015 to 2016. The market is projected to […]

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NIST Cybersecurity Framework Supports Use of IRM

by John A. Wheeler  |  January 9, 2017

2017 brings a new focus and urgency to improving cybersecurity at all levels of our society. While a fierce debate rages in Washington, DC over the cyber-intrusion impact on the US presidential election results, our clients are working to strengthen their risk management programs to propel their businesses forward in a safe and profitable way. […]

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GRC Redefined: Gartner Adopts an Integrated Risk Management View

by John A. Wheeler  |  October 17, 2016

The time has come for a new viewpoint on the maturing discipline known as governance, risk and compliance (GRC). The term GRC was spawned from the need for better internal control and governance within large enterprises in the early 2000’s. Much of this need was driven by the compliance requirements associated with the U.S. Sarbanes […]

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Emerging Risks in Cybersecurity: Gartner’s Top Ten Predictions

by John A. Wheeler  |  August 26, 2016

This week, I presented Gartner’s top ten strategic predictions for security at the South Africa Reserve Bank Cybersecurity Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. In my remarks, I explained that today’s security professionals battle threats from outside the organization as well as those from their own employees. But what about threats that they already know exist? […]

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CEOs and CIOs Are Seeking Digital Risk Leaders

by John A. Wheeler  |  August 5, 2016

I had the distinct honor and privilege to participate in this year’s Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Nearly 500 security and risk management professionals from Latin America participated this year representing a 37% increase in attendance over last’s years inaugural event.  I shared with the attendees new Gartner research on […]

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What’s New on Gartner’s Hype Cycle for Risk Management Solutions, 2016

by John A. Wheeler  |  July 13, 2016

I’m pleased to announce the publication of Gartner’s very first Hype Cycle for Risk Management Solutions and it marks a significant evolution in our research agenda. Formerly known as the Hype Cycle for Governance, Risk & Compliance Technologies, our new Hype Cycle takes a fresh look at the software products and services that are leading the […]

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Design Thinking Lies at the Corner of Risk Management and Innovation

by John A. Wheeler  |  June 21, 2016

Right now, businesses of all shapes and sizes are struggling to find the next disruptive, digital idea that will lead to exponential growth and hefty profits. We all know how companies such as Uber, Airbnb and LinkedIn have used digital platforms to re-create the entire customer experience. However, what many people do not realize is […]

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What’s So Cool About Risk Management?

by John A. Wheeler  |  May 1, 2016

What’s so cool about risk management? Well, this past week Gartner honored three solution providers as “Cool Vendors in Risk Management.” The dawn of a new era in risk management technologies is emerging that undoubtedly will disrupt the current governance, risk and compliance (GRC) software marketplace. Risk management professionals are now demanding risk technology to […]

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How Poor Social Media Risk Management Can Lead to Customer Disloyalty

by John A. Wheeler  |  April 16, 2016

Use of social media to build customer loyalty is a common strategy for major corporations today. However, it is a strategy that can quickly backfire as a result of poor risk management practices and result in just the opposite – customer disloyalty. Companies with a solid understanding of good risk management understand that it requires […]

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