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Analyst Series
Live Analyst Series

Networking & IT Innovation

IDC Dinner Series, Atlanta GA


Jan 13, 2022
Atlanta GA
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM EST
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Speaker Robert Parker Senior Vice President, Enterprise Applications, Data Intelligence, Services, and Industry Research

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CIO Exchange: Strategies, Tactics, and Best Practices to help you thrive in 2022

2020 was a bear, 2021 has been a beast – 2022 is the year of the tiger. Are you ready?

Join us as executive IDC analyst, Bob Parker, shares market observations and guidance to help you enhance your organization’s resiliency, improve agility, and accelerate innovation as digital-first business strategies become the norm. Then over dinner discuss, debate, and exchange perspectives with your fellow CIOs about 2022 challenges and opportunities. Discussion topics include:

  • How design thinking accelerates innovation 
  • Setting your cloud optimization strategy 
  • What the board needs to know about ransomware

Enjoy a luxurious Three-Course Dinner while you listen to presentations from some of the greatest minds in technology, headed by executive IDC analyst, Bob Parker. The dinner will take place at Redbird, the most anticipated new Atlanta restaurant of 2019. 

The food at Redbird is what Chef Zeb characterizes as “free spirited cuisine," a thoughtful and open-hearted way of cooking where anything is possible. It is based on instinct, integrity and staying loyal to using only the best ingredients. Zeb's philosophy is clear: let the ingredients drive the cooking, use great technique and keep things simple. 

Speaker: Robert Parker | Senior Vice President, Enterprise Applications, Data Intelligence, Services, and Industry Research

Bob Parker is a Senior Vice President responsible for several areas of research at IDC.  Bob leads the global industry research teams which includes coverage of healthcare, government, retail, energy, manufacturing, and financial services as well as a cross industry group looking at emerging topics such as blockchain and robotics.  Additionally, Bob leads our teams in the enterprise applications space, services, and the IDC coverage of data intelligence which includes coverage of artificial intelligence architecture, AI, and digital transformation. Former positions included SVP of Research at AMR Research; Managing Vice President, Gartner Executive Programs; VP & Program Director, Gartner Research Board.

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 Information Technology and Operational management roles in the manufacturing industry including serving as the Chief Information Officer at Eastern Technologies, a defense contractor. 

  • MBA with a certification in artificial intelligence from New Hampshire College (now Southern New Hampshire University).
  • 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.
Redbird, 1198 Howell Mill Rd NW Atlanta GA 30318


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