Forrester is one of the most influential research and advisory firms in the world. We work with business and technology leaders to develop customer-obsessed strategies that drive growth. Forrester’s unique insights are grounded in annual surveys of more than 500,000 consumers and business leaders worldwide, rigorous and objective methodologies, and the shared wisdom of our most innovative clients. Through proprietary research, data, custom consulting, exclusive executive peer groups, and events, the Forrester experience is about a singular and powerful purpose: to challenge the thinking of our clients to help them lead change in their organizations.

McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm that serves leading businesses, governments, non governmental organizations, and not-for-profits. We help our clients make lasting improvements to their performance and realize their most important goals. Over nearly a century, we’ve built a firm uniquely equipped to this task.

TAC International is a non-profit entity launched in January 2013. It consists of approximately 25 legendary former global CIOs of Fortune 200 companies, who act as executive advisors. 100% of the profits of TAC International go back to the major IT professional associations (SIM and WITI) and to Year Up, an organization that helps disadvantaged teenagers get into the workforce by sponsoring scholarships, internships, and training (some of which is done by our executive advisors). The “sweet spot” of TAC (The Advisory Council) is providing trusted and impartial advice on information technology issues to C-suite executives and Board-level non-executives. We call that Expertise-as-a-Service®. To provide that service, TAC has recruited more than 25 alumni of the Research Board to act as executive advisors, coaches and mentors. The Research Board is the most highly respected network in the IT profession, consisting of only Global Fortune 50 CIOs. TAC has leveraged a number of recently retired Research Board members, chosen for their successful track record as practitioners; for their extensive experience in leadership roles; for their up-to-date subject-matter expertise; for their personality and ability to work as trusted advisors at the C-suite level; for their breadth of coverage of the spectrum of business sectors; and for their extensive personal network. These advisors have recently shaped the strategic IT plans of a number of client companies ranging from “sell-side” start-ups to “buy-side” mid-cap and large-cap organizations (including several Fortune 15 companies). They also advise on sourcing strategy with a number of supply chain executive clients, and make numerous presentations at trade conferences on IT sourcing strategy. This advisory service is built on top of an established business that has hundreds of IT experts who provide IT advisory services to hundreds of client companies, and has been operating successfully at this more technical level since 2002.

Bloomberg L.P. is an American multinational mass media corporation based in New York City. Bloomberg makes up one third of the $16 billion global financial data market with estimated revenue of $6.25 billion in 2009. Bloomberg L.P. was founded by Michael Bloomberg with the help of Thomas Secunda, Duncan MacMillan, and Charles Zegar in 1981 and a 30% ownership investment by Merrill Lynch. The company provides financial software tools such as analytics and equity trading platform, data services and news to financial companies and organizations around the world through the Bloomberg Terminal, its core money-generating product. Many customers use only a small fraction of the machine’s 30,146 functions. Bloomberg L.P. has grown to include a global news service, including television, radio, the Internet and printed publications. Its current headquarters are located at the Bloomberg Tower, in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. The building is also known as One Beacon Court for the lighted rectangular beacon that caps the tower and the paved courtyard at the ground level. Bloomberg L.P. was formed as a Delaware Limited Partnership in 1981 and has been in business since 1983. Michael Bloomberg owns 88% of the partnership. Bloomberg’s core business is leasing terminals to subscribers. It also runs Bloomberg Television, a financial Television network, and a business radio station WBBR in New York City at a loss[citation needed]. Bloomberg’s revenue for 2009 was estimated at $6.25 billion. Based on that estimate, the new projections would push revenue to nearly $6.9 billion for 2010. There are currently over 300,000 Bloomberg Terminal subscribers worldwide. Its competitors include SNL Financial, Interactive Data Corporation, Thomson Reuters, Capital IQ, Dow Jones Newswires, FactSet Research Systems, Dealogic and smaller companies such as New York Financial Press. In late 1996 Bloomberg bought back one-third of Merrill Lynch’s 30 percent stake in his company for $200 million valuing the company at $2 billion. In July 2008, Merrill Lynch agreed to sell its 20% stake in the firm back to Bloomberg, for a reported $4.43 billion, valuing the firm at approximately $22.5 billion.

Dow Jones & Company is a global provider of news and business information, delivering content to consumers and organizations via newspapers, Web sites, apps, video, newsletters, magazines, proprietary databases, conferences, and radio. Dow Jones has produced unrivaled quality content for 125 years and today has one of the world’s largest news-gathering operations with nearly 2,000 journalists in more than 80 bureaus, including The Wall Street Journal, America’s largest newspaper by paid circulation. Other premier brands include Factiva, Barron’s, MarketWatch and DJX. Dow Jones publishes in 13 languages and distributes content in 28 languages, combining technology with news and data to support business decision making. The company pioneered the first successful paid online news site and its industry leading innovation enables it to serve customers wherever they may be, via the Web, mobile devices, Internet-connected televisions, and tablets.

The Huffington Post has over 90 sections globally, covering politics, business, entertainment, environment, technology, media, lifestyle, culture, comedy, healthy living, women’s interest, local news and so much more. We’ve won a Pulitzer. We have the best Technology team in the business. The Huffington Post has over 80,000 bloggers and 126 million monthly unique visitors (comScore November, 2014). We are passionate. We are entrepreneurial. We are life learners who want to make a difference. We love working here because The Huffington Post provides an environment where we are empowered to take big risks, and because we are encouraged to care about what really matters.

New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business is one of the nation’s premier management education schools and research centers. From its Greenwich Village campus in the heart of New York City, NYU Stern offers a broad portfolio of academic programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels, all of them informed and enriched by the dynamism, energy and resources of the world’s business capital. NYU Stern today has taken its place among the nation’s most distinguished business schools. We are proud of our more than 100-year heritage as a progressive, forward-looking, merit-based institution, deeply committed to diversity, opportunity, innovation and excellence.

Each element of the School’s mission—to educate leaders who make a difference in the world—is infused with meaning. To learn more visit: http://www.hbs.edu/

IDC is the most trusted IT research advisory firm in the market.  IDC’s IT Executive Programs support businesses globally in the Digital Transformation (DX) of their organizations.  Our IT advisory services not only advise on the technologies underpinning digital transformation (e.g. cloud, analytics, IoT, mobility, 3D printing), but also on effectively leading and executing Digital Transformation (DX) initiatives across both IT and the line of business.  For over 50 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to enable clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world’s leading technology media, research, and events company. www.idc.com/itexecutive