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Cushing Anderson

Program Vice President, Business Consulting and IT Education

Mr. Anderson is responsible for managing the research agenda, field research, and custom research projects for IDC's Business Consulting, and IT Education and Certification research programs. Mr. Anderson research coverage ranges from the value business consulting firms deliver to their clients to the selection criteria used when selecting transformation training for the IT organization. He conducts regular research on the views and experiences of enterprises with global consulting firms. And he frequently evaluates the impact of various types of training and certification have on IT organizational performance.


Before rejoining the Worldwide Services research team, Mr. Anderson was a research director in IDC's Software Business Strategies group, and was responsible for managing the Partnering, Alliances and Licensing research services and IDC's Software Alliance Executive Council. Prior to joining IDC, Mr. Anderson worked as a consultant for the Center for Educational Leadership and Technology (CELT, Corp.). Mr. Anderson also worked as a technology and management consultant with Coopers & Lybrand LLP, providing technology analysis, planning and benchmarking services to businesses in a variety of industries. Mr. Anderson was also a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy where he coordinated ocean-going transportation during the first Gulf War.


  • B.A. in Government from Connecticut College
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Boston College's Graduate School of Education
  • Board of Directors, Center for Talent Reporting
  • Editorial Advisory Board and columnist for Chief Learning Officer magazine
  • IDC Peacock Award winner for Professional Excellence, 2013
  • IDC GRAC Analyst of the Year, 2008
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