Meredith Whalen

Meredith Whalen

Chief Research Officer, IDC

As senior vice president, IT Executive, Industry and Financial Research, Meredith Whalen is responsible for the research, product management and marketing of IDC's IT Executive Programs and IDC's industry business units which include IDC Energy Insights, IDC Financial Insights, IDC Government Insights, IDC Health Insights, IDC Manufacturing Insights, and IDC Retail Insights. Additionally, she is the leader for IDC's Global Technology and Industry Research Organization and Access product lines.

Ms. Whalen leads IDC’s technology professional research, which includes IDC's IT Executive Programs, a family of research programs intended to help time constrained IT executives make more effective technology decisions. In this capacity she designs research strategies, builds and oversees analyst and management teams, and leverages IDC’s global organization to uniquely position IDC. Ms. Whalen and her team of analysts advise IT organizations and line of business executives on how they can effectively create new products and services and build deeper relationships with their customers through the use of cloud, mobile, social and analytics technologies. She tweets about such topics at In addition, Ms. Whalen contributes to the Insights blogs in the IDC Community (

Among Ms. Whalen’s recent research initiatives is the development of IDC's Enterprise IT Transformation MaturityScapes. Ms Whalen and her team of IT Executive Advisors are consulting with IT executives on how to accelerate the transformation of their organizations from second platform IT to business innovation IT.

Ms. Whalen has also recently authored research on IT talent management, future IT budgeting strategies, and the path to becoming the Chief Innovation Officer. Additionally, she advises technology suppliers on best practices in organizing and selling to industry, including effective go-to-market strategies.

Prior to IDC's Vertical Research Group, Ms. Whalen was a Vice President with IDC's Services Research Group. She initiated IDC's coverage of application service providers (ASPs). She also created IDC's first global view of business process outsourcing services and designed the Services Group's global research process that ensures consistency in market taxonomies, research architecture, and forecasting.

Ms. Whalen started her career in IT business consulting, advising clients on mid-range systems. She holds a B.A. with honors from Wellesley College and an M.B.A. with honors with from Babson's F.W. Olin Graduate School of Management.