Akihiro Kimura has more than 20 years of IT industry experience. He is a Research Manager in the IDC Japan's IT Services Group, based in Tokyo. In this role, he is responsible for the analysis of IT services market in Japan. His key research area involves system integration, software development, IT consulting, business consulting, outsourcing and support & training. He also contributes to custom solutions and business consulting related to the IT services market analysis.
Prior to joining IDC, he worked for SAP Japan and carried out IT consulting for ERP, CRM, BI/DWH and banking solution. He started his career at NTT in which he was engaged in research and development on software engineering at R&D Laboratories. He has also business start-up experiences in EC and digital marketing at Japanese IT companies.
He holds a BA (Environmental Information) from Keio University, Japan. He is also a CMA (Chartered Member of the Securities Analysts Association of Japan).