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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
Talent Management Perspective on Microsoft Acquisition of LinkedIn

Jun 2016 - IDC Link - Doc # lcUS41526316

by: Lisa RowanCushing Anderson,  Vanessa Thompson,  Kyle Lagunas

On June 13, 2016, Microsoft announced its intention to acquire LinkedIn for $26 billion, or $196/share, in a cash deal slated to close this year.
This IDC study contains IDC's estimates for key business consulting vendors' revenue for 2016. Because the key vendors have increasingly focused attention on the changing requirements of each client segment, the market for consulting contin...
This IDC Perspective explores the importance of "soft skills" to enhance technical training and certification. Regardless of the specific technology or IT professional vocation, technical skills, so-called "hard skills," can be used more ef...
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IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Services 2017 Predictions

Dec 06, 2016 - Framingham, MA United States