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APC members foster and direct independent research on member-chosen topics, accessing actionable findings before release to non-APC audiences.

• The APC is the only IT industry program whose members shape independent research, choosing topics most relevant to them and interacting with researchers.

• The APC selects researchers affiliated with top global universities and research centers, including MIT, Harvard Business School, Oxford University, and IMD.

• APC research reports feature real-world case studies and applications, providing important actionable insights to share across members' organizations.

• APC members have access to researchers year-round to engage them with questions and projects.



2018 Research Includes:

  • Robotic process and cognitive automation
  • Augmented reality for CIOs
  • Moving from projects to products to platforms
  • Digital Transformation update
  • Technology trends from perspective of a venture capitalis
  • Digital twinning
  • Power of people and computers thinking together
  • Building a learning organization
  • The power of teaming
  • Strategy, sales, growth and the business model
  • The new frontier of analytics
  • Cognitive computing
  • Blockchain
  • The future of work

2019 Research Includes

  • Artificial Intelligence and Edge Computing
  • How wearable technologies enable effective and efficient employee management

Major causes of IT project and system failures and what CIOs can do to avoid them
Project and system failures in the IT area are a costly problem for many companies. What can CIOs do to avoid them? (Mark Keil, Georgia State University & Jong Seok Lee, University of Memphis)

Business innovation and transformation with Agile DevOps
Many firms are using Agile DevOps methods to complement conventional approaches for software development that mostly relied on waterfall approaches in the past. When are Agile DevOps methods appropriate, and what is a suitable framework for implementing them? (Sunil Mithas, University of Maryland, Thomas Kude, ESSEC Business School, & Narayan Ramasubbu, University of Pittsburgh)

Digital transformation: new rules of competition
Fundamental differences between the economics of the digital and physical worlds require business leaders to undertake a profound and systematic rethinking of how their companies will compete. How do they compete in a software-driven world, and specifically what are the means for their strategy, business model, investments, capabilities, workforce and culture? (Vijay Gurbaxani, UC Irvine)

Biometrics & security
There is an increased interest in biometric solutions in business resulting from a proliferation of high-quality components (cameras, microphones, etc.) as well as failures of other authentication methods such as passwords and tokens. What are the pros and cons of the most common physiological and behavioral features used in biometric systems as well as recent advances and possible attacks on biometric infrastructure? (Dmitry Zhdanov , Georgia State University)


2016 Research Includes:

Developing an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Chicago

Businesses such as Allstate and Boeing are working with universities and other members of an entrepreneurial ecosystem to jumpstart innovation in their companies. What is the role of the CIO in building new innovation ecosystems? (Lynda Applegate, Harvard Business School)

Ecosystem Leadership

Customers are increasingly demanding complex, integrated solutions. To deliver such solutions, firms must leverage a network of partners and individuals in their business ecosystems. Success requires building trust, sharing knowledge, and capturing value equitably. In addition, leadership skills are required for effectively managing such paradoxes as open collaboration strategies and closed strategies for profit and social good. (Michael Barrett, University of Cambridge)


Enterprise Internet of Everything

 Future business projects that involve digital technology must be viewed through the lens of possibilities enabled by the Internet of Things. Leading-edge companies now leveraging such possibilities are gaining competitive advantage not only in their own industries, but in others as well. (Leland Pitt, Simon Fraser University)


Governance of Predictive Analytics and Business Intelligence Across the Firm

 Proliferation of corporate analytics adoption across the enterprise increases challenges related to risks and lack of coordination. CIOs can learn from organizations that have created effective multi-level and cross-enterprise governance approaches. (Michael Goul, Arizona State University)


Leveraging Dispersed Knowledge Through Crowd Sourcing

 Capitalizing on crowdsourcing requires generating the right crowd, acquiring information from members of the crowd, and assimilating information into internal organization processes. (Jan Kietzmann and Ian McCarthy, Simon Fraser University)


Relevance, not Personalization

Consumers don't want personalized messages; they want context relevant messages. How can organizations become more context relevant? (Michael Wade, IMD)


Silicon Valley IT

What is Silicon Valley and why does it matter? What makes Silicon Valley such an exceptional hothouse for innovative new businesses? What is Silicon Valley's special environment for CIOs and IT organizations? Running IT at the speed of Silicon Valley. (Allan Alter, Accenture Institute for High Performance)



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