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Dave Aron
VP & Gartner Fellow
9 years with Gartner
26 years in IT industry

Dave Aron is a vice president and distinguished analyst in Gartner's CIO Research group, focusing on IT leadership issues. Mr. Aron is a thought leader on business and IT strategy, mergers and acquisitions, CEO-CFO-CIO interactions, benefits realization, governance….Read Full Bio

Activate your Company Values with Red and Yellow cards.

by Dave Aron  |  March 16, 2019

Company strategy should be encoded in a set of principles. Company culture should be articulated in a set of values. But how do we stop those values just being ‘posterware’, stuck up on a wall somewhere, never remembered, referred to or used? This is an issue I discussed this week with the founder of a […]

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In the future will we have anti-blockchains?

by Dave Aron  |  January 17, 2019

As we all know, blockchain is one of the hottest topics at the moment. And one of the features of blockchain and other distributed ledger architectures is, even without a central authority, the ability to have your transactions never forgotten. Ironically, another powerful global trend is increased regulation and concerns about privacy, including the right […]

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The UK’s Digital Services Tax May Be a Glimpse into a Potential Digital Financial Future

by Dave Aron  |  October 31, 2018

Two days ago, on 29 October, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond proposed a digital services tax, to be implemented in April 2020, as part of his UK budget speech. Even though it is only a proposal at this stage, and it would only apply to certain companies, I would suggest that it is a very […]

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The Difference Between IT Strategy and Digital Strategy

by Dave Aron  |  November 12, 2013

I am really enjoying Gartner’s Barcelona Symposium. Having lots of animated discussions around digital strategy, chief digital officer etc. Plenty of differences of opinion; some great exploratory discussions. I would like to share something I said in one of my presentations that a lot of people told me they found useful: IT Strategy is a […]

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5 Facts about Chief Digital Officers

by Dave Aron  |  November 6, 2013

My colleague Mark Raskino wrote a very interesting blog today entitled “5 Facts about Chief Data Officers“. Here is a companion piece – Five facts about Chief Digital Officers (the other CDO!) I. Our recent global search and early evidence from our 2014 CIO Survey (thank you if you have contributed) have unearthed about 500 […]

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Two Speed IT is Capturing Everyone’s Imagination

by Dave Aron  |  October 31, 2013

Emerging from our early CIO Survey results, mentioned in our Symposium keynotes, and elaborated in our CIO Survey presentations at Symposia around the world, the notion of Two Speed IT seems to be capturing the mood of clients – a need to keep some things safe and steady, but be fast and reactive in other […]

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To celebrate clients’ enthusiasm for digital – some digital poetry!

by Dave Aron  |  October 20, 2013

Returning from Tokyo symposium, I was excited that despite being a little more conservative than clients in Orlando with respect to the digital zeitgeist, all Japanese clients I spoke to recognized the shift from a narrower Enterprise IT to a broader digital world, with associated leadership and technology challenges, as both inevitable and exciting. To […]

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Kill Your Digital Ghosts

by Dave Aron  |  March 23, 2013

We have kicked off the work for a six month project to investigate Digital Business Strategy (to be published as the September Gartner EXP report) – What is one?  What does it contain? What is its relationship to overall business strategy, and IT strategy? How to create one? etc. The early stages of the research […]

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EMEA CIO Forum coming

by Dave Aron  |  March 8, 2013

I am really looking forward to co-chairing The EMEA CIO Leadership Forum “The Digital Enterprise and Beyond” – next Monday to Wednesday – at the Sofitel Heathrow T5. We have some fascinating external speakers, including Michael Woodford, ex-CEO of Olympus, Sebastian Herfurth, co-Founder of Friendsurance, Rory Sutherland, Creative Director at Ogilvy, and Gerry Pennell, who […]

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Getting Deep On Digital

by Dave Aron  |  March 4, 2013

I just got back from a two week detox. On detox programs you have a lot of time on your hands, and you don’t feel too keen to enter the outside samsara of food, drinks and merriment. Trapped in my austere little beach hut, I did a lot of reading and writing, and reflected on […]

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