• Alan’s Bio

    I am currently Research Director for IDC Government Insights. Specific areas of research interest for me at IDC are digital government including technology innovation, digital strategy, eGovernment, citizen engagement, social media employment, open government, data transparency, impact of technology on the future of government, private-public business models, performance management, internet of things, digital risk and security, and privacy.


    I am a public sector professional with more than 20 years of analyst, management, and technology experience working with government vendors and government clients. My primary research interests are to assist clients in understanding the intersection of society/culture, technology, and government. My research covers the market forces and the transformative technologies that are critical to the evolution and success of national government agencies and programs. I advise clients around the globe on issues pertaining to digital government, eGovernment, and technology innovation/adoption/disruption as well as digital risk and privacy.


    I have a BA, MA, and an MS from Colorado State University (Go Rams!), and am ABD (yes, All But Dissertation) for my Ph.D. in Technology Policy from George Washington University. I am also currently an adjunct faculty member at the Naval Postgraduate School where I lecture on the future of technology.

    During my career I have  been a Partner and Principle Analyst at the Altimeter Group covering digital risk, a Principal Analyst covering digital engagement and public sector at Forrester Research, and have led various strategic planning, performance management, eGovernment, and Web initiatives for the US Government agencies. I have also implemented enterprise-wide ERP and business systems and managed the accounting department for a Fortune 500 subsidiary.

    I have been quoted in numerous business and technology publications including B2B Magazine, Business Week, The Washington Post, Government Computer News, Congressional Quarterly, CIO Magazine, CIO Today, Government Technology, and French CIO Magazine among others.

    You can view my Linkedin profile here.