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FRAMINGHAM – International Data Corporation (IDC), the premier global provider of market intelligence and advisory services, today unveiled the inaugural IDC Future of Digital Innovation Awards, designed to highlight successful projects and initiatives in North America.

Categories span 12 unique applications of digital innovation, from retail to energy, healthcare to sustainability and more. Specifically, IDC is looking for details on implemented initiatives, such as pilots or projects, as opposed to ideas or planned initiatives.

Awards recognizing unique solutions and business success stories will be presented to winning initiatives at an awards ceremony in August 2021.

To submit a nomination, visit

Deadline for submission is March 26, 2021.

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IDC categorizes digital innovation factories as end-user organizations that are embracing at least two of the four pillars of digital innovation, which are plan, source, develop, and distribute, in conjunction with their software creation and use. The development of software may include integration into the company’s core products; actively sourcing externally created (open or closed source) components or external APIs; and/or actively distributing code or software-based solutions.

Primary requirements of all Future of Digital Innovation Excellence nominations are:

  • Must be a Future of Digital Innovation initiative as defined by IDC
  • All nominations must be in production with existing customers/users
  • Must be able to articulate and show key performance indicators to ascribe value to completed project

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Categories include Excellence in Use of Digital Innovation for:

  • B2B
  • B2C
  • Retail
  • Manufacturing
  • Energy/Resources Industry
  • Government
  • Healthcare Industry
  • Financial Industry
  • Sustainability
  • Plan, Source, Develop and Distribute
  • Software Development Supporting Digital Innovation
  • Establishing and Growing a Community for a Digital Innovation Initiative

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“Organizations are shifting their priorities from consumption toward producing software embedded in products and services to compete in their own industry thereby transforming into high-performance, large-scale producers of software-based digital innovation,” said Mickey North Rizza, program vice president, Enterprise Applications and Digital Commerce. “Our new awards program was developed to showcase some of the most innovative digital projects and initiatives across the country and within key industries, to serve as best practice examples for others looking to replicate in their own organizations. We look forward to celebrating these forward-thinking programs to support IT teams in their quest to become digitally-enabled enterprises.”


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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. With more than 1,100 analysts worldwide, IDC offers global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries. IDC’s analysis and insight helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community to make fact-based technology decisions and to achieve their key business objectives. Founded in 1964, IDC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading tech media, data and marketing services company. The company’s headquarters is in Framingham, but the company has plans to move its headquarters to Needham in 2021.

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