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John A. Wheeler
Global Research Leader - Risk Management Technology
8 years at Gartner
30 years IT Industry

John A. Wheeler is global research leader for risk management technology solutions and professional services. His areas of specialty include integrated risk management, executive leadership and corporate governance. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAWheeler Read Full Bio

Top 10 Gartner Emerging Technologies Client Topics for 2019

by John A. Wheeler  |  December 5, 2019

This year, Gartner launched its Emerging Technologies and Trends (ETT) research agenda dedicated to helping our Technology & Service Provider (TSP) clients improve their offerings. As we wrap-up 2019, let’s look at the top 10 Gartner emerging technologies client topics addressed by our analysts. The list of topics is derived from client inquiry calls that […]

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Digital Risk “Techquilibrium” Requires IRM

by John A. Wheeler  |  October 21, 2019

Over the past month, I’ve been speaking to various groups to help them prepare for the onslaught of digital risks in their organizations. A common theme is the need for greater risk quantification beyond the realm of traditional, qualitative governance, risk and compliance (GRC) approaches. A balanced view of digital risk through integrated risk management […]

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Why Technology Providers Now “Get IRM”

by John A. Wheeler  |  September 16, 2019

This past week, I enjoyed meeting with over 1,000 attendees at our annual Gartner Security and Risk Management Conference in London. At the event, the overwhelming feedback received is that integrated risk management (IRM) is needed now more than ever. Included in that feedback is the fact that technology providers see a rapid increase in […]

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A “PRACtical” View of Emerging Risk Management Technologies

by John A. Wheeler  |  August 19, 2019

Gartner’s “Hype Cycle for Risk Management, 2019” report was published almost a month ago and reader response has been overwhelmingly positive. In this year’s report, we highlight the need for a “PRACtical” view of risk management technologies to fuel digital business growth. Entering 2019, CEOs began to understand the unique set of challenges ahead of […]

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GRC 2020: The Approaching Year of Final Demise

by John A. Wheeler  |  July 15, 2019

Gartner kicked-off its global series of 2019 Security & Risk Management Summit Conferences last month in Washington, DC. It’s here where we receive direct feedback from both technology providers as well as end-users on emerging trends and technologies for security and risk management. More than 3,500 attendees participated in analyst sessions and meetings over 3 1/2 […]

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Here’s Why IRM Solutions Are Superior to Archaic GRC Technology

by John A. Wheeler  |  May 2, 2019

Gartner clients are consistently searching for ways to improve their risk management programs to deliver greater value to the enterprise. Whether it is to bolster performance in support of new digital transformation efforts or to reduce spend associated with bloated governance, risk and compliance (GRC) bureaucracies, the need for better solutions is real. That’s why […]

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4 Reasons Why GRC Is a Useless Term

by John A. Wheeler  |  March 6, 2019

It has been 5 years since Gartner embarked on the journey to enhance our coverage of the risk management technology marketplace. That journey included in-depth survey research and countless interactions with our end-user clients to understand their need to better manage strategic, operational and IT/cybersecurity risks. These end-user needs and resulting demand led to the […]

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IRM Market Visionaries and Challengers Join Forces to Battle Leaders

by John A. Wheeler  |  February 11, 2019

In the span of a week, the integrated risk management (IRM) technology market has experienced significant consolidation. Four vendors from Gartner’s inaugural 2018 IRM Magic Quadrant have joined forces to evolve their legacy governance, risk and compliance (GRC) offerings to better compete in the IRM market (see figure below). Last Monday, market challenger ACL announced the acquisition […]

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IRM Is Essential for Digital Transformation Success

by John A. Wheeler  |  December 18, 2018

Last week, I had the distinct privilege to join my Gartner colleagues from our Risk Management Leadership Council in presenting the Q4 2018 Emerging Risk Report. We hosted more than 500 risk leaders across the globe in our exploration of the most critical risks. The Q4 2018 Emerging Risks Survey, designed by Gartner, captures and analyzes senior […]

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Why Leading Software Vendors Are Dumping GRC for IRM

by John A. Wheeler  |  November 29, 2018

One of the most common questions I receive from software vendors has to be “what’s the difference between governance, risk and compliance (GRC) and integrated risk management (IRM) solutions?” Gartner has been publishing research about integrated risk management (IRM) for the past two years. While the software end-user community is excited about IRM rather than outdated GRC solutions, some […]

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