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Research and consulting services firm IDC Energy Insights has added Robert Eastman as a research manager for the Utility IT Strategies practice.

In this role, Eastman will be responsible for research on the application of information technology (IT) in the context of the utility business. His research will cover topics such as IT budget and strategy; analytics architecture related to the customer; operations and trading; penetration and use cases for cloud, mobility, big data and analytics, and social business in utilities; and the services landscape.

Most recently, Eastman was a senior analyst at Technology Evaluation Centers, a Canada-based analyst firm, and Calyptus Consulting, where he was a consultant to public sector and government-regulated clients. He also co-founded SMB Research, a technology analyst firm serving the small-to-medium business, midsize and enterprise business sectors. Previously, he spent 12 years at AMR Research (now Gartner).


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