IDC Bolsters Analyst Team; Appoints New Research Director for Worldwide Payment Strategies

Former NICE Actimize executive joins IDC; James Wester to lead
Worldwide Blockchain Strategies practice

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#IDCFinancialInsightsIDC
Financial Insights
today announced the appointment of Rivka Little
to Research Director, Worldwide
Payment Strategies
, replacing James
Wester
as he transitions to become lead analyst for IDC’s Worldwide
Blockchain Strategies
program. The changes reflect IDC’s commitment
to monitoring and analyzing the technologies poised to significantly
impact organizations today and in the future. A seasoned executive,
Little was most recently Global Senior Director of Product Marketing,
Fraud, AML, and Trading Compliance at NICE Actimize, and is recognized
as an expert in payments and financial crime and compliance. Wester, an
IDC veteran, has been following blockchain for many years and, with
decades of industry experience, is uniquely positioned for this role.

A NICE Actimize senior leader for four years, Little gained valuable
first-hand experience in understanding the unique needs of financial
institutions and the role of technology to support digital
transformation (DX) initiatives, including payment strategies.
Previously, Little co-founded and managed the Financial Mobility Summit,
designed to educate attendees on mobile payments, prepaid financial
services and alternative banking technology. A former TechTarget editor
and technology journalist for many years, Little holds several awards
for editorial excellence. Little’s coverage at IDC will focus on payment
modernization, including global real-time money movement, emerging
payment networks, mobile commerce, connected banking, and the influence
of AI and machine learning in payment technologies.

One of the most sought-after industry analysts for expert commentary on
payments, James Wester also boasts an impressive background in
blockchain research. His flagship report Business
Strategy: Exploring Blockchains and Payment Strategy
, helped
launch IDC’s coverage of blockchain. He has also presented at
conferences worldwide on the growth of technology. In his new role,
Wester will focus on emerging distributed ledger and blockchain
technologies, and his research will examine the technologies,
architectures, and concepts behind blockchain and how they will impact
financial services, manufacturing, energy, government, and healthcare.
Anticipated reports will include models to understand how blockchain
works, industry use cases, vendor strategies in delivering blockchain
services, and the evolution of regulations regarding the technology.

“We are thrilled to welcome Rivka to the team and congratulate James on
his new role at IDC. Both analysts bring a wealth of experience and
insight, critical to delivering world class research to our clients
around the globe,” said Robert
Parker
, group vice president at IDC. “The continued development of
IDC’s worldwide blockchain and payment strategies practices underscore
our commitment to tracking the cutting-edge technologies impacting
organizations today and delivering top-tier, fact-based research and
analysis to support our clients as they navigate the next chapter of IT.”

To arrange a one-on-one briefing with Rivka Little or James Wester,
please contact Sarah Murray at 781-378-2674 or sarah@attunecommunications.com.
Reports are available to qualified members of the media. For information
on purchasing reports, contact insights@idc.com;
reporters should email sarah@attunecommunications.com.

About IDC Financial Insights
IDC Financial Insights assists
financial service businesses and IT leaders, as well as the suppliers
who serve them, in making more effective technology decisions by
providing accurate, timely, and insightful fact-based research and
consulting services. Staffed by senior analysts with decades of industry
experience, our global research analyzes and advises on business and
technology issues facing the banking, insurance, and securities and
investments industries. International Data Corporation (IDC)
is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory
services, and events for the information technology market. IDC is a
wholly-owned subsidiary of IDG,
the world’s leading technology, media, research, and events company. For
more information, please visit www.idc-fi.com,
email info@idc-fi.com, or call
508-620-5533. Visit the IDC Financial Insights Community at http://idc-insights-community.com/financial.

Contacts

Attune Communications
Sarah Murray, 781-378-2674
Public
Relations
sarah@attunecommunications.com
or
IDC
Shannon
Smith, 508-935-4148
Marketing Specialist
ssmith@idc.com

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