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Michelle Bailey

GVP/GM and Research Fellow Datacenter and Cloud

Michelle Bailey is Group Vice President, General Manager and IDC Research Fellow for IDC’s Cloud, Datacenter and Digital Transformation services.  Her focus is on articulating the short-and long-term impacts of emerging and disruptive technologies for Enterprise IT vendors, IT professionals and Cloud Service Providers.  This includes building market models, conducting survey research and leveraging advanced data analytic capabilities to provide clients with prescriptive guidance on how digital transformation will impact their business as well as providing recommendations for how to future-proof their organizational strategy. 


Prior to joining IDC, Michelle was Chief Research Officer at 451 Research where she was responsible for shaping the research agenda for over 100 analysts on a worldwide basis, spearheading the development of innovative research products around voice of the customer and building enterprise decision maker panels.  She also served as Chief Data Scientist at a big data startup and consultant to CIO’s to determine the business value of IT for their organization.


•             B.S (Hons.) in Mathematical Statistics from Monash University, Australia

•             Sought-after speaker at IDC, industry, and user events around the world

•             Frequently quoted in leading business and technology publications

•             2010 Peacock Award for excellence in market research

•             2011 IDC Analyst of the Year

The announcement by Rackspace on September 11, 2017, that it signed an agreement to acquire managed services competitor Datapipe accelerates the transformation of the company. It strengthens its leadership as a multicloud provider and firml...
These event proceedings were presented at the IDC Directions conferences in Santa Clara and Boston in February and March 2018.With the advent of new cognitive capabilities along with massive computer-generated automation, three things are i...