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Shawn P. McCarthy

Research Director

Shawn P. McCarthy is Research Director for IDC Government Insights, responsible for collecting and assessing government market data, providing IT investment and positioning strategies for both government and vendors, and market sizing for tech suppliers. His core coverage area includes U.S. federal and state and local IT budgets, agency-level technology priorities and government enterprise architecture standards. He also covers government use of blockchain solutions. He manages the IDC Government Insights: United States Government Infrastructure and Systems Optimization Strategies research advisory service, which includes technology recommendations and key industry forecasting for government IT systems. He also issues IDC’s semi-annual U.S. Government IT Spending Guides (federalstate and local and education).


Prior to joining IDC Government Insights, Mr. McCarthy served as program manager for Government & Education within IDC's Vertical Industry Research Group. Before that he served as a group product manager for four years at Lycos, the Internet search engine, with a focus on government and education. Prior to that he was senior editor at Government Computer News and he wrote the Internaut column for GCN for close to 20 years. As a government employee he developed library data bases at the Smithsonian Institution.


  • Masters from The George Washington University, Bachelors degree from St. Bonaventure University and a certificate in project management for IT programs.
  • Formerly taught graduate-level project management classes.
  • Quoted in government IT articles in major Newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post and Politico.
  • Author of multiple books, including Engineering Your Way to Success written for the National Society of Professional Engineers, and The Art of .COMbat: Ancient Wisdom for the Competitive Economy, published by John Wiley & Sons.

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