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International Data Group Research Director, Future of Digital Infrastructure in Needham, Massachusetts

Come join IDC, the most respected global technology market research firm, recognized by the Industry Relations (IIAR) as the 2020 Analyst Firm of the Year for delivering critical, timely insights in coordinated efforts around the world, during a time when our customers faced unprecedented challenges. We are changing the way the world thinks about the impact of technology on business and society. Our people, data, and analytics create global technology insights that accelerate customer success.

We have an exciting new position to lead the "Future of Digital Infrastructure" research program, one of several visionary (Future of X) research practices being launched by IDC to address the ongoing technology, deployment model, and operational changes transforming the IT infrastructure industry.

This Research Director will have a strategic big-picture understanding of IT Infrastructure, with forward-looking insights into how software-defined infrastructure, IT automation, security, and cloud-centric operations will help CxOs select, deploy and operate digital infrastructure across a range of deployment options and locations. The role requires familiarity with key infrastructure-related hardware, software and services markets (e.g., compute, storage, network), and a working knowledge of IT operations and cloud adoption trends as they pertain to executive-level decisions. This individual's focus will be on associating and correlating these developments in the context of infrastructure decisions that impact metrics such as total cost of ownership, business value and results, IT efficiency and productivity, return on investment, and competitive disruption. The position requires regular writing on industry developments, including insightful and provocative thought leadership covering emerging trends, creation of custom deliverables for specific clients, and broad collaboration across IDC.

Some of the required areas of experience and familiarity include:

  • Evolution of enterprise applications landscape and its implications for IT Infrastructure demand and deployment

  • Current and next-gen infrastructure technologies

  • Advantages/challenges associated with multiple infrastructure deployment options (core, network, edge)

  • Software-defined compute, virtualization and containerization technologies

  • Knowledge of public and private cloud, and hybrid/multi-cloud services (including IaaS, PaaS and SaaS)

  • Knowledge of cloud-based analytics and visibility and related software tools/platforms

  • Next-gen IT Operations and related automation and intelligence requirements

  • Infrastructure transformation strategies and transition to agile, flexible/as-a-service consumption models

  • Security management related topics especially as they pertain to confidential computing and trusted infrastructure

Our collaborative, innovative, and entrepreneurial culture is the perfect place for you to discover your future!

  • Grow the Future of Digital Infrastructure research program through thought leadership, published research and business development

  • Assure that the research requirements of the programs are met on a timely basis

  • Support client inquiry related to research reports and topics pertinent to research

  • Coordinate the Future of Digital Infrastructure research with other IDC's FoX and enterprise infrastructure practices and teams

  • Work with IDC's WW and regional analysts; identify and engage on collaborative research initiatives

  • Contribute research and thought leadership to consulting projects

  • Bachelor's degree required, MBA a plus; or equivalent experience

  • 10+ years industry knowledge working in product, strategy or marketing roles

  • Experience across infrastructure vendor, service provider, cloud provider, systems integrator or analyst/consulting firm is preferred

  • Able to evaluate, communicate clearly and add value to conversations with C-level executives and corporate strategy teams at end customers and leading industry players

  • Ability to collect industry trends, and present the larger transformation story

  • Ability to quickly synthesize data from various sources – interviews, surveys, secondary research and tie it to relevant IDC research

  • A passion for collaborative working in an entrepreneurial environment

  • Excellent speaking and writing skills

  • Willingness/ability to travel to various events as required for presentations or engaging with customers (30-40%), post-COVID

    About IDC: International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. More than 1,100 IDC analysts provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries worldwide. For 50 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company.

IDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants and employees are considered for positions and are evaluated without regard to mental or physical disability, handicap, race, color, religion, gender, gender identity and expression, ancestry, national origin, age, genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status or other categories protected by law.

ID: 2020-1760

External Company Name: International Data Group, Inc.

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