IDC Promotes Paul Mason to Group Vice President

FRAMINGHAM, MA – AUGUST 3, 2000 – Recognizing his forward-looking analysis, IDC recently promoted R. Paul Mason, Ph.D, to group vice president of System Infrastructure Software. Mason has been with IDC since 1993 and has managed the System Infrastructure Software group for two years.


"Our System Infrastructure Software group has been incredibly successful, and Paul's thought leadership has contributed in a major way to that success," said Tony Picardi, senior vice president of Global Software at IDC. "His dedication, cooperative attitude, stature in the industry, and sense of humor make him a bright IDC star."

Mason has made a name for himself in the industry by being the first to identify major software trends. He was the first to describe deliveryware and business service management, and today they are becoming recognized terms for segments of the enterprise system management market. Additionally, he recently defined the concept of management service providers, which are similar to application service providers.

Mason's contributions extend beyond software research to communications and hardware research. He has provided valuable input into IDC's network and storage management research.

He is also highly valued at IDC for his consulting and speaking engagements. He has spoken at IDC's Directions conference, at customer conferences all over the world, and — most recently — at IDC's AppSourcing Forum.

Mason earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Bath, a graduate diploma from Imperial College in London, and a master of arts and science degree from the University of Toronto. He holds a doctorate degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Before joining IDC, he directed the Computer Services department at a Boston economics consulting firm.

Under Mason's leadership, IDC's System Infrastructure Software team provides research in businessware, embedded operating systems, storage solutions, and infrastructure support for trading communities. For more information about this research, please contact Pat Duhl at 949-442-4038 or at

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