IDC Research Director, Telecom and Carrier IP Networks in Framingham, Massachusetts


International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. More than 1,100 IDC analysts provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries worldwide. For 50 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company.

The Network Infrastructure Group is looking for a dynamic individual who is knowledgeable about Telecom Infrastructure and Carrier IP networks, to assume a Director/Manager position covering market research and consulting as it relates on the ongoing technology and market transformation amongst service providers and related technology/infrastructure solutions.


  • Technology and Market Analysis: Serves as IDC’s subject matter expert as it pertains to Telecom and Carrier IP Networks, and the ongoing transition among service providers to build cloud and next gen network infrastructure solutions. Digital transformation and a rapidly changing competitive landscape is motivating service providers to evolve faster than ever before, while embracing many of the learnings from cloud titans, including the ability to leverage open source across the infrastructure stack. Understanding of SDN/NFV in the telecom domain is a key requirement for this position, while knowledge of Cloud and IoT infrastructure technologies will be a bonus.

  • Thought-leadership: Provides leadership thinking around current industry shifts, and what the impacts of these shifts mean both to enterprises and vendors alike in how infrastructure hardware and software solutions are delivered into these market segments, including the increasing value of "eco-systems". Substantiating with quantitative and qualitative analysis is a key requirement of this position.

  • Research and Consulting: Develops and/or customizes Telecom/Cloud/IoT research and consulting projects to meet the specific needs of existing clients, including domain-specific market insights, surveys, white papers, webcasts, on-site strategy sessions, forecasts, videos or presentations. The successful candidate will be able to juggle multiple projects simultaneously and work independently to support a range of publishing, consulting, forecasting, market modeling, and thought leadership activities


*Domain Experience # Requirements

  • Carrier-grade IP and Cloud network infrastructure, including for Datacenter Interconnect and Wireless Backhaul

  • Adoption of network virtualization and software technologies such SDN, NFV, SD-WAN, vCPE; including adoption of open-source platforms and protocols

  • IoT Infrastructure: Platforms and Strategies

  • Network infrastructure migration strategies of service providers, including SDN/NFV use cases, strategies and solutions.

Skills and Professional Background

  • Industry Knowledge on Telecom, Cloud and/or IoT Infrastructure

  • Strong analytical and writing skills

  • Good presentation skills and experience

  • Collaboration across IDC's related domain teams

  • Minimum 5-10 years industry experience across vendors and/or service providers

Location and Travel

  • The position is based in IDC’s Framingham, MA Office.

  • Requires 20% travel nationally/internationally.

IDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants and employees are considered for positions and are evaluated without regard to mental or physical disability, handicap, race, color, religion, gender, gender identity and expression, ancestry, national origin, age, genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status or other categories protected by law

Req Number: 16-0185

Posting Date: 10/21/2016

Title: Research Director, Telecom and Carrier IP Networks

Job Family: Research

Company: IDC

Unit: IDC

City: Framingham

State: MA

Job Type: Full-Time

Career Level: Experienced (Non-Manager)