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Founded in 1991 by Warren McFarlan of the Harvard Business School, APC members commission research from the program’s unique network of top researchers worldwide. During the three face-to-face meetings, members engage with researchers and each other on findings and implications of the research and shape the next phases. Members have exclusive access to research results for six months before the findings are shared more broadly.

APC members also have access to state-of-the-art research conducted by leading business schools and research institutes across the world through exclusive alliances.


"I find value not only from APC research and experts, but especially from the network of CIOs. The APC is an incubator for new ideas that members can apply to their companies. I find myself both energized and exhausted by the amount of content packed into each session!”
- Patricia Coffey, Allstate Insurance Company



2014 APC Research Topics

  • New strategies and business models
  • Leveraging external relationships for IT business value
  • Improving IT management and business complexity
  • Managing risks in deploying mobile apps
  • Best ways to manager legacy systems so that they integrate better with newer applications and infrastructures (APC member panel)
  • Process mining using process analytics and big data
  • Making the case for IT
  • Leveraging data, information and knowledge to support fact-based decision making
  • Predictive analytics and business intelligence
  • Enterprise management of the human cloud
  • Advanced research on extracting value from digital data stream
  • Gaining business value from business intelligence

Available APC reports:

  • Anchored Agility: How to Effectively Manage the Balance between Local Flexibility and Global Efficiency
  • Creating Capital Out of Chaos: Social Media Strategy
  • Harvesting External Data: The Potential of Digital Data Streams
  • How Do CIOs Measure and Communicate IT Performance? 
  • Delivering Effective Enterprise Architecture at Chubb Insurance
  • Wisdom of Clouds


To download APC released research reports, please visit the SIM Store.

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