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Vivek Swaminathan
VP, Team Manager, Midsize Enterprise
9 years at Gartner

Vivek Swaminathan is a Vice President of Peer and Practitioner Research for Midsized Enterprises at Gartner. His team supports a peer network of CIOs at midsized companies with tools, benchmarks and case studies designed to empower small IT teams to do big things. Critically, teams that face similar challenges as larger companies need innovative and actionable solutions to deliver the same results with fewer people. Read Full Bio

Three Steps to Simplify Product Lines at Midsized Enterprises

by Vivek Swaminathan  |  September 10, 2019

contributed by Lara Beecher, Gartner for Midsize Enterprises Product lines. Heard of them but not sure where to start? Sometimes called end-to-end services, platforms, experiences, or value streams, the term product lines refers to the organization of technology resources around a desired, repeatable outcome. This contrasts with the traditional IT delivery model, which arranges technology resources […]

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Want to Improve Your Business and Security Relationship? Fix the Way You Communicate.

by Vivek Swaminathan  |  July 22, 2019

contributed by Akanksha Pandey, Gartner for Midsize Enterprises Business partners often circumvent information security in the name of faster innovation. In response, IT leaders set up mandatory restrictions. But when both sides have valid concerns, improving communication is the most effective way to accommodate conflicting priorities. Unfortunately, midsize enterprises (MSE’s) struggle with business engagement, citing ineffectual […]

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Cost Optimization Means Spending on the Right Things

by Vivek Swaminathan  |  July 5, 2019

contributed by Neil Suri, Gartner for Midsize Enterprises Too often, CIOs at midsize enterprises (MSEs) tackle cost optimization by cutting costs or creatively shifting IT spend. While these tactics indeed reduce short-term IT costs, they fall short of creating long-term business value. Delaying projects, restructuring contracts, and hiring freezes only go so far. In addition, technology […]

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Stop Asking for More Resources. Rethink Talent Instead.

by Vivek Swaminathan  |  June 24, 2019

Contributed by  Lara Beecher, Gartner for Midsize Enterprises Midsize enterprises (MSEs) are experiencing a surge in digital demand, without a corresponding expansion of IT resource capacity to support it. In fact, 43% of midsize enterprise CIOs indicated insufficient resources as a barrier to meeting business objectives. Coupled with a conservative forecast for budget and staff […]

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Don’t Tackle Data Privacy Alone

by Vivek Swaminathan  |  May 14, 2019

Contributed by  Bishwa Pandey, Gartner for Midsize Enterprises Transparency around data privacy is not optional. A year after GDPR became a law, ten other countries strengthened data privacy legislation to increase protection of employee and customer data. With 58% of cyber-attacks targeting Midsize Enterprises (MSEs) and the average cost of a data breach rising to […]

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Midsize IT Teams Can’t Deliver Digital Outcomes without Business Acumen

by Vivek Swaminathan  |  April 23, 2019

Contributed by  Cameron Gilbert, Gartner for Midsize Enterprises Business acumen is the awareness of the broader internal and external business context. Employees with high levels of business acumen are up to 21% more likely to deliver value from digital initiatives compared to those with low levels. (Gartner 2018 Digital Dexterity Survey). Unfortunately, only 18% of […]

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Navigating Cost Optimization at a Midsize Enterprise

by Vivek Swaminathan  |  March 28, 2019

2019 has only just begun and midsized enterprises (MSEs) are already getting nervous.  60% of MSE CIOs projected their IT budgets would be flat or contract across 2019, according to Gartner’s IT budget benchmark.  Recession rumors and slowing global demand are only intensifying interest in cost optimization. “I didn’t think we could manage costs any […]

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