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John Zhang - International Data Corporation (IDC). Toronto, ON, CA

John Zhang John Zhang

Research Analyst | International Data Corporation (IDC)

Toronto, ON, CANADA

John Zhang is a research analyst on the Industry and Business Solutions team at IDC Canada.

Biography

John Zhang is a research analyst on the Industry and Business Solutions team at IDC Canada. His research interests include digital transformation in Canada using robotics, blockchain, and operations technology. He also supports research into financial services and manufacturing.

Prior to joining IDC, John worked as a Corporate Strategy Analyst at COMAC – the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China in Newport Beach, CA. John also possesses several years of professional experience in private equity, management consulting as well as investment banking. He has experience in corporate strategy, digital media, marketing consulting, and cross-border mergers and acquisitions from across industries.

John holds a Master’s degree in International Economics and Finance from Brandeis University International Business School. He also studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Areas of Expertise (11)

Digital Transformation Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions Digital Media Investment Banking Private Equity Blockchain Robotics Operations Technology Management Consulting Corporate Strategy Marketing Consulting

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Associated IDC Services (1)

  • Canadian ICT Executive: Digital Transformation Strategies

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Education (2)

Brandeis University: Combined BA/MA, International Economics and Finance 2014

London School of Economics and Political Science: General Cource, Economics, Finance 2011

Media Appearances (3)

Tesla gets creative with its Model 3 pricing to qualify for federal electric vehicle rebates

Financial Post  

2019-05-01

Tesla is dropping its Model 3 to $44,999 in Canada. But the price-tag contortionism doesn't stop there.

John Zhang, an analyst with research firm IDC, said that Tesla is going out of its way to convince customers that they absolutely should not buy the 150 kilometre car.

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Electric vehicle rebate could slam the brakes on sales until Ottawa nails down the details

Financial Post  

2019-03-21

Industry watchers expect consumers will hold off buying an electric vehicle until the government clarifies details of its program... John Zhang, an analyst who follows electric vehicles at research firm IDC Canada, said buyers will likely hold off buying any electric cars in Canada until the government offers more specifics.

“I think with the news (in the budget), you’re going to see a complete pause of the EV sales for the next few months until the details are released and the program is in place,” Zhang said.

Zhang said the $45,000 threshold would likely push consumers away from higher-priced cars and towards cheaper options.

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Cisco unveils Education Room, talks future of technology in learning spaces

IT Business  

2018-09-26

Published: September 26th, 2018
From WiFi technology that can collect student behaviour patterns to security cameras that keep schools safe, Cisco’s latest installment of the Education Room in its Innovation Centre focuses on the possibilities of emerging technology that can be used in universities and colleges.

John Zhang, a research analyst at IDC Canada, said that these innovations are completely possible and they are “demonstrations of what kind of digital transformation” and direction campuses are heading in.

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Reports (10)

IDC Survey: Blockchain/DLT Adoption in Canada, 2019 IDC Canada

Nigel Wallis, John Zhang

2019-04-26

This IDC Survey analyzes IDC's latest primary research on blockchain/distributed ledger technologies (DLT) in Canada. In February 2018 and March 2019, IDC surveyed 204 and 301 respondents, respectively, asking enterprise IT decision makers about their perception and adoption on blockchain/DLT. This data is important for vendors looking to better understand the rapidly evolving Canadian blockchain/DLT landscape.

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IDC Market Glance: Connected Banking in Canada, 1Q19 IDC Canada

Nigel Wallis, John Zhang, Robert Smythe

2019-03-31

This IDC Market Glance provides IDC Financial Insights' view of connected banking in Canada, illustrating the vendors participating within the structure of banking segments including cloud, IT services, enterprise, data providers, omni-channel, digital banking, payments, onboarding and origination, core banking, enterprise mobility, lending, customer analytics, risk, security and compliance, blockchain and DLT, and corporate banking.

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Which Financial Institutions Have the Highest Consumer Satisfaction Levels in Canada? IDC Canada

John Zhang

2019-03-29

This IDC Survey Spotlight explores which financial institutions receive the highest consumer satisfaction levels in Canada. It's based on three IDC Canada's consumer surveys from 2015 to 2018.

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How Much Do Canadian Consumers Trust in Organizations That Handle Their Private Information? IDC Canada

John Zhang

2019-03-08

This IDC Survey Spotlight examines how much Canadian consumers trust in organizations that handle their private information. It's based on six IDC Canada's consumer surveys from 2017 to 2018, with 2,000 respondents in each survey.

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Canadian Insurance ICT Landscape, 2019 IDC Canada

Nigel Wallis, John Zhang

2019-03-06

This IDC Market Presentation provides an analysis of the drivers and priorities for ICT spending in the Canadian insurance industry. This Presentation explores how the insurance industry in Canada approach ICT investments in areas such as digital transformation, blockchain, and cloud.

This IDC Market Presentation is part of a series of documents focusing on specific vertical markets. It includes the Canadian ICT market size for 2017 along with data for the 2018–2022 period, including five-year compound annual growth rates for hardware, software, services, and telecommunications.

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Canadian Retail ICT Landscape, 2018 IDC Canada

Nigel Wallis, John Zhang

2018-12-18

This IDC Market Presentation provides an analysis of the drivers and priorities for ICT spending in the Canadian retail industry. This Presentation explores how the retail industry in Canada approach ICT investments in areas such as digital transformation, IoT, data analytics, and cloud.

This IDC Market Presentation is part of a series of documents focusing on specific vertical markets. It includes the Canadian ICT market size for 2017 along with forecasts for the 2018–2022 period, including five-year compound annual growth rates for hardware, software, services, and telecommunications.

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Outsourcing in an As-a-Service World: Managing Costs in Unpredictability IDC Canada

John Zhang, Jason Bremner

2018-11-14

This IDC Perspective is the third of a four-part series and examines the changes in the outsourcing model that will change as a result of cloud computing and cloud services. IDC worked with the Centre for Outsourcing Research and Education to assess this hypothesis, in terms of identifying the cost drivers of cloud adoption and the factors contributing to cost unpredictability to cloud adoption.

"Capital and operating costs are typically important factors in IT decisions and drivers to outsource services. While cloud computing can lower costs, it can also lead to unpredictable costs that are hard to plan for. Organizations should gain a clear understanding of the true cost of cloud adoption and accurately budget for those costs," says John Zhang, research analyst, Industry and Business Solutions, IDC Canada.

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Outsourcing in an As-a-Service World: Impact of AI and RPA in Outsourcing IDC Canada

John Zhang, Jason Bremner

2018-10-16

This IDC Perspective is first of a four-part series and examines the changes in the outsourcing model that will change as a result of cloud computing and cloud services. IDC worked with the Centre for Outsourcing Research and Education to assess this hypothesis, in terms of evaluating the current status of AI and RPA adoption, the barriers and inhibitors to adoption, and the impact of cloud on AI adoption.

"AI and RPA are seeing strong interest among Canadian organizations today as they look to streamline operations and improve customer service. However, RPA is seeing more projects by enterprises because they get the benefits of automation without significant change to workflows," according to Jason Bremner, research vice president, Industry and Business Solutions.

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Calgary Drop-In Centre: A Buyer Case Study on DX in Canada IDC Canada

John Zhang, Jason Bremner

2018-09-29

This IDC Perspective examines how Calgary Drop-In Centre (the DI) is looking to utilize cloud, blockchain, and other technologies to improve operational efficiency, enhance communication with partner agencies, and improve the well-being of its clients.

"The DI is a great example of DX as it illustrates that organizations of all shapes and sizes can transform using digital technologies with strategic alignment to the business and thoughtful execution," says Jason Bremner, research vice president, IDC Canada.

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Canadian Transportation ICT Landscape, 2018 IDC Canada

Nigel Wallis, John Zhang

2018-09-12

Sep 2018

This IDC Market Presentation provides an analysis of the drivers and priorities for ICT spending in the Canadian transportation industry. This IDC Market Presentation explores how the air, rail, and trucking sectors in Canada approach ICT investments in areas such as AI, IoT, mobility, and cloud.

This IDC Market Presentation is part of a series of documents focusing on specific vertical markets. It includes the Canadian ICT market size for 2017 along with forecasts for the 2018–2022 period, including five-year compound annual growth rates for hardware, software, services, and telecommunications.

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