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Mark Atwood
Managing VP
11 years at Gartner
24 years IT Industry

Mark Atwood's experience includes more than 23 years of work that spans research, consulting, strategy and operations, and marketing. He also brings an IT end user's perspective to his role. Mr. Atwood is a Managing Vice President within Gartner's Supply Chain Research organization. He is the Team Manager for the Industries Value Chain team, which covers healthcare/life sciences, consumer packaged goods, retail, high tech, industrial, and process chemical from the supply chain perspective. Read Full Bio

Fortifying Supply Chain Cybersecurity

by Mark Atwood  |  August 16, 2019

Cybersecurity is not just an IT issue. There are potentially major weaknesses in the supply chain that must be addressed, or supply chain leaders put their companies at significant risk. A supply chain vulnerable to cyberattacks can lead to critical operational disruptions, significant damage to brand and reputation, product safety issues, loss or theft of […]

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Suppliers and Manufacturers Must Join Forces to Combat Digital Security Threats

by Mark Atwood  |  November 17, 2017

A clear disconnect between Suppliers and Manufactures indicates a critical breach point that must be addressed Over the last several years, we have seen “cybersecurity” climb to the top of the list of major risks faced by heads of Supply Chain at manufacturing companies. In our most recent survey of Chief Supply Chain Officers, it […]

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Digital Security for the Supply Chain

by Mark Atwood  |  October 19, 2016

A digitally vulnerable Supply Chain can lead to disruption of actual operations.  It can also lead to significant damage to brand and reputation, product safety and integrity issues, loss or theft of intellectual property, and substantial fines and fees.  Given the stakes, security is a top concern for Supply Chain leaders.  In our studies of […]

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Are Your Supply Chain Innovations Award-Worthy??

by Mark Atwood  |  January 27, 2016

When people think of Supply Chain and innovation, many times what become top of mind are the amazing products that we build and ship. The products, especially the buzzy ones, seem to get all the attention. Because of this, in 2013 Gartner launched its Supply Chainnovators program, to recognize innovative Supply Chain techniques, capabilities and […]

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Guest Blog: Pfizer/Allergan Mega-Merger: More Wrinkles for the Supply Chain?

by Mark Atwood  |  November 25, 2015

(This blog post was written by Gartner Analysts Stephen Meyer and Lisa Callinan) Although most of the media attention has been focused on the inversion aspects of this proposed US$160B deal, inversion in itself has very little supply chain impact. While the savings resulting from moving Pfizer’s profits to a lower tax rate could conceivably […]

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The 2015 Gartner Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25

by Mark Atwood  |  November 19, 2015

We’re very pleased to announce our 2015 Gartner Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 findings. Revealed on Wednesday November 18th, this research is an industry-specific version of our Global Supply Chain Top 25, recognizing the unique aspects of the Healthcare Supply Chain. In this ranking we look at the operations of Life Science Manufactures, Healthcare Distributors, […]

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Driving Value Through Supply Management

by Mark Atwood  |  May 4, 2015

When we look overall at Supply Chain strategy and governance, one of the areas that stands out as a particular challenge is Supply Management, otherwise known more traditionally as “Sourcing and Procurement.” Our 2014 CSCO study highlighted a significant tension: that is, while heads of Supply Chains tell us that an overall top priority initiative […]

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The Supply Chain Benchmarking Journey

by Mark Atwood  |  March 18, 2015

There are certain topics we cover here in Gartner Supply Chain that are truly “evergreen.” That is, we have been covering some areas for a quite a long time, going well back into our “heritage” AMR Research days – and yet every year clients tell us how important these subject areas are and how much […]

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Transforming Your Supply Chain

by Mark Atwood  |  February 9, 2015

To kick off our monthly newsletter and webinar series this year, we’ve chosen to begin with the topic of Supply Chain transformation. We continue to see keen interest in this subject, both from clients and non-clients alike. We hear the demand loud and clear: • As our analysts are travelling the country from February to […]

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Marketing (Supply Chain) Is Everything

by Mark Atwood  |  February 2, 2015

One of the reading assignments I still remember most from grad school is the 1991 HBR article by Regis McKenna, entitled Marketing is Everything. It remains for me a fascinating exploration of the intersections of technology and marketing, and actually foreshadows much of what we see happening in what we now call “Digital Marketing.” One […]

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