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Frank Gens

Senior Vice President & Chief Analyst

As IDC's Senior Vice President & Chief Analyst, Frank Gens guides IDC's research into broad IT industry trends, particularly the strategic adoption of technology by Global 2000 businesses and the industries in which they compete.

Since 2008, Mr. Gens has led IDC's global cloud research team, driving the development of IDC's widely-used cloud services taxonomy, and the industry's first and most accurate forecast of cloud services adoption. He has also led the development of IDC's "3rd Platform" scenario - forecasting the transformation of the IT industry (and other industries) through the strategic use of cloud, mobile, social and big data technologies.

Mr. Gens speaks frequently to CIOs, other enterprise executives and IT vendor executives at forums around the world, most recently in Brazil, China, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey and the U.S.  He regularly participates in strategic consulting engagements - often around Cloud and 3rd Platform trends -  for senior executives in global IT vendor and IT buyer organizations.

Mr. Gens is the author of IDC Predictions, the company's annual forecast of major changes in the global development and use of technology, and keynote speaker at IDC's annual Directions conferences in the U.S. and in many other countries. Mr. Gens is a member of IDC's worldwide management team, a lead developer of IDC's global research architecture, and a co-chair of IDC's Research Quality Board.

Mr. Gens is a 30 year veteran of the IT research and advisory services business, including over 20 years at IDC in a variety of senior roles, including leading IDC's end-user research business and developing IDC's global Internet research capabilities. In addition to research management roles, Mr. Gens' career includes senior positions in new product development and introduction, product management, marketing, business development, corporate development, and regional operations management. Prior to IDC, Mr. Gens held management positions at International Data Group (IDG), AMR Research and The Yankee Group.

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IBM FY 4Q17 Earnings: IBM Turning the Corner

Jan 2018 - IDC Link - Doc # lcUS43519318

by: Frank Gens

IBM's fourth-quarter financial results showed long-awaited revenue growth — as we'd predicted in 2014 would come by 2017 — driven by the steady, continuing shift in revenue mix toward its high-growth strategic initiative (3rd Platform) busi...
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AWS re:Invent 2017 — Implications for Oil and Gas

Apr 2018 - IDC Perspective - Doc # US43702918

by: Frank Gens,  Chris Niven

This IDC Perspective shares highlights of the 2017 Amazon Web Services (AWS) re:Invent conference held in Las Vegas. "As oil and gas business models evolve, cloud services can help an oil and gas company accelerate its efforts to achieve in...
Worldwide and Regional Public IT Cloud Services Forecast, 2018–2021

Mar 2018 - Market Forecast - Doc # US43625818

by: Frank Gens,  IDC Public Cloud Forecast Team

This IDC study forecasts revenue for 20 major categories of public IT cloud services, at the worldwide level and within eight geographic regions. At the heart of this forecast is our view of the cloud as the essential foundation for the eme...
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