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Michael Palma is research manager with IDC, a leading industry research and consulting firm, where he covers the electronics manufacturing services (EMS) and original design manufacturing (ODM) industry and electronics manufacturing value chains as a well known analyst.
Prior to joining IDC, Michael ran his own independent consulting business and worked on Gartner's Dataquest IT Services team for five years. During his time as an analyst, Michael has tracked various parts of the IT industry including mobile computing; enterprise software, networking and communications, IT infrastructure and IT services professional services and outsourcing. While he has spent a significant time leading financial analyses of IT firms and industry forecast initiatives, Michael has also devoted time to looking at how IT services firms manage their business portfolios and drive innovation.
Michael has presented at industry conferences, to Wall Street analysts, and advised decision makers on competitive threats and their market opportunities. A rare native of Silicon Valley, Michael is a budding amateur photographer, working on a Website to share his images of the unusual destinations his travel bug has taken him to, including Cambodia, Costa Rica, Burma, Grenada, Laos, and Mexico. He is ably assisted by his Australian cattle dog, Sparky.