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Kimberly Knickle

Research Vice President

As a research vice president in IDC Manufacturing Insights, Kimberly Knickle is responsible for research and analysis of business and IT issues for manufacturers.  She leads the IT Priorities & Strategies program, which focuses on hot topics and technologies that are changing the way manufacturers buy and use IT, such as digital transformation, big data and analytics, cloud, IoT, mobility, and 3D printing.  The program also includes research based on IDC survey data related to manufacturers' IT investment priorities and plans.  Knickle also contributes to the Product Innovation, Service Innovation, and Connected Products research.


Prior to joining IDC in 2006, Ms. Knickle served as an independent consultant specializing in business and information technology (IT) strategy and held senior positions at industry analyst firms including AMR Research, Hurwitz Group, Inc., and Charles River Strategies. As research director at AMR Research, she was well recognized as an industry thought leader in Enterprise Application Integration (EAI). Before joining the analyst industry, Knickle held various roles in IT services, engineering, and product safety testing, beginning her career at Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. 


  • Executive Certificate in Technology, Operations, and Value Chain Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management
  • MBA from Boston University's School of Management, focusing on Marketing and Operations
  • BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University
  • Frequent speaker at industry conferences as well as analyst resource for multiple publications and news outlets including Consumer Goods Technology, IndustryWeek, Environmental Leader, and BusinessWeek.

Ms. Knickle contributes regularly to the IDC Manufacturing Insights Community( and tweets (@kimknickle) about business issues relevant to manufacturers.

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These event proceedings were presented at the IDC Directions conferences in Santa Clara and Boston in February and March 2018.In this session, Kimberly Knickle discusses the top IoT use cases that are gaining ground in industries such as ma...
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