As group vice president, Bob Parker is responsible for the research direction at both IDC Manufacturing Insights and IDC Retail Insights, two of IDC's industry business units that provide global, fact-based research and analysis on best practices and the use of IT to help clients improve their capabilities in key process areas.
Before joining IDC to oversee the launch of these business units, Parker spent six years with AMR Research as a research vice president covering emerging technology, enterprise software, and industry IT strategies. While there, he launched the ecommerce research program, the most successful new program in the company's history.
Before entering the research field, Parker spent 20 years in technology and operations management. He was managing director at TDI, a technology based company that included distribution, systems integration, and Internet service provider (ISP) business units. He was also corporate CIO at Eastern Technologies, a manufacturer serving the defense and commercial vehicle industries, and division CIO at the Acoustic Research business unit of International Jensen, a publicly traded consumer electronics company. Parker began his career with Sanders Associates, a Fortune 500 defense electronics company, and also held a management post with publicly traded firearms manufacturer Sturm, Ruger. Parker also spent part of his career as a turnaround consultant. In this capacity he served as acting CIO of two multistore retailers, including an apparel chain and a New England–based confectionary retailer.
Parker holds an MBA, with a concentration in decision support systems, from New Hampshire College. His undergraduate work was done at Rivier College where he received a BSc in computer science and accounting. Parker blogs regularly in the IDC Insights Community (http://idc-insights-community.com), and his Twitter handle is roberteparker.