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Bill Fearnley

Research Director - Worldwide Blockchain Strategies

Bill Fearnley is Research Director for IDC responsible for leading IDC’s worldwide blockchain strategies with a focus on blockchain, distributed ledger technology (DLT), and smart contracts. At IDC he has written extensively on Blockchain and smart contracts in financial services and has collaborated with IDC colleagues in Europe and Asia. He developed the “IDC Four Forces in Distributed Ledger Technology” market model and he has collaborated with IDC Insights colleagues on Blockchain solutions in Energy, Government, Healthcare, Manufacturing, and Retail. Based on his background, Mr. Fearnley's research also includes advanced analytics and Big Data solutions to improve business operations, compliance programs and supply chains.


Previously, Bill was a Research Director for IDC Financial Insights responsible for big data, analytics and blockchain with a focus on compliance, fraud, cyber, and risk management. Mr. Fearnley’s core research coverage included compliance programs (such as AML, KYC and CDD) as well as fraud and cyber threat detection and prevention analytics. Prior to IDC, Bill was an industry analyst at Celent covering analytics, Big Data, cloud and mobile strategy and technology for capital markets and wealth management firms and technology providers. Before becoming an industry analyst, Bill spent more than 8 years as a sell side financial equity analyst covering PC and Enterprise Hardware for Janney Capital Markets and FTN Equity Capital. Mr. Fearnley was recognized by the Wall Street Journal in May 2008 as a "WSJ Best on the Street" analyst in the Computers & Office Equipment category. Before becoming a sell-side analyst, Mr. Fearnley worked in the technology sector in a variety of OEM and technology channel sales and marketing management positions. 


  • MBA from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College
  • B.S. in Marketing from Babson College
  • Frequent speaker, presenter and moderator at industry conferences and events

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This IDC Web Conference discusses Chief Analyst Frank Gens' predictions of 10 key developments in the tech world that, over the next 18–36 months and beyond, will impact every enterprise's ability to grow and compete. The predictions track ...
IDC TechBrief: Distributed Blockchain Ledgers

Nov 2017 - IDC TechBrief - Doc # US43115617

by: Bill Fearnley

This IDC TechBrief discusses the trend of enterprises across multiple industries that are investing in blockchain ledgers that can be distributed (or shared) among multiple parties to help provide "one version of the truth." For example, le...
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