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Henry D. Morris

IDC Fellow, Big Data, Analytics, and Cognitive Software Research

Henry Morris is the IDC Fellow for IDC's Worldwide Big Data, Analytics, and Cognitive Software Research. Dr. Morris started the Analytics and Data Warehousing research service at IDC, and coined the term "analytic applications" in 1997 to focus on the value of analytics in specific horizontal business and industry processes. Dr. Morris also assists in the development of IDC's industry leading software taxonomy.


Currently, Dr. Morris speaks about major software trends driving the industry, such as the impact of cloud and Big Data/analytics in shaping a new generation of applications.  Prior to joining IDC in 1995, Dr. Morris served in a variety of technical and management positions at Digital Equipment Corporation, where he specialized in software for application development. Dr. Morris has been an instructor in technical writing at Northeastern University and Bentley College, and an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Colgate University.


  • B.A. with distinction from the University of Michigan
  • Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania
  • Quoted in and written papers for many business and trade publications, including Computerworld, Forbes, and KMworld, on trends in business intelligence, business performance management, data warehousing, knowledge management, and enterprise applications
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IDC's Worldwide Software Taxonomy, 2017

Aug 2017 - Taxonomy - Doc # US42961816

by: Henry D. Morris

This IDC study provides a detailed description of IDC's software market taxonomy. For 2017, the taxonomy includes 84 individual functional markets grouped within 3 primary segments: applications, application development and deployment, and ...
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