Bob Parker

SVP, WW Research at IDC


Bob Parker is a Senior Vice President responsible for several areas of research at IDC. He leads the global industry research teams which includes coverage of healthcare, government, retail, resources, manufacturing, and financial services. Bob also leads our teams covering the enterprise applications and services domain as well as analysts covering customer experience, consumer research, and devices. His group covers a range of emerging technology areas such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, payment systems, IoT, and AR/VR.

Bob has been conducting industry research for over twenty years including five years at AMR Research before joining IDC. Prior to entering the research field, Bob spent over fifteen years in various technology and operational roles including serving as Chief Information Officer at Eastern Technologies, a defense contractor.

Bob received his MBA with a certification in artificial intelligence from New Hampshire College and a B.S. from Rivier University with a dual major in finance and computer science.

Bob speaks at numerous industry conferences and is often quoted in the technology, industry, and business press.


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