Michael Friedenberg

President and CEO

Michael Friedenberg is CEO and president of IDG Communications, an IDG company that develops strategic media properties and peer advisory services. Appointed in March 2009, Friedenberg oversees IDGs award-winning brands, websites, products and services for CIO, CIO Executive Council, CFOworld, Computerworld, CSO, DEMO, Industry Standard, InfoWorld, ITWorld, and Network World. With 20 years in the information technology (IT) media industry, Friedenberg is widely regarded as a dynamic leader and expert who keenly understands the media and technology industrys evolving needs. In 2010, Friedenberg was inducted into the min Sales Hall of Fame and has been named to BtoB magazines Whos Who in business media for eight consecutive years. Previously, Friedenberg advanced from United Business Media sales management positions to vice president and publisher of InformationWeek, and later vice president and group publisher of the InformationWeek Media Network and co-founder of Optimize magazine. As VP/group publisher, Friedenberg set the vision, strategy, and positioning of multiple brands across print, online, events, and research services. Friedenbergs career also includes work with Cardinal Business Media and vertical publications at HP Professional, Midrange Systems, and DEC Professional. Outside the walls of IDG, Friedenberg is a source for other media outlets on issues of media, marketing, and technology. He is widely regarded as an expert and regularly quoted about the technology and media industry by publications including The New York Times, BtoB magazine, The Write News, Folio magazine, and min. He is also a frequent guest speaker at many industry conferences as well as user events for companies such as the Federal Reserve Board, DigiDay, IBM, HP, Oracle, CA, Microsoft, Avaya, Infosys and Fujitsu. Friedenberg graduated with a B.S. in business administration from the University of Delaware.


Beyond Moore's Law: Five technologies that will change the future

IDG CEO Mike Friedenberg is watching the tech horizon and sees game-changing technologies in A.I., robotics, quantum computing and more.

Security crashes the boardroom party

Security crashes the boardroom party

Given the recent spate of headline-grabbing data breaches, CIOs need to be prepared to answer a lot of board questions about risk, says IDG Communications CEO Michael Friedenberg.

Are You Ready to Replace Yourself?

CIOs rarely get to name their successors, and companies overall do a poor job of succession planning. CEO Michael Friedenberg says it's time to get serious about closing the succession gap.

Top 10 Tech Industry Megatrends of 2015

Top 10 Tech Industry Megatrends of 2015

More IT vendors will split up. Boards will get even more paranoid about security. UX and CX become critical competencies for CIOs. These are some of IDG CEO Michael Friedenberg's predictions for 2015.

Is the World as Flat as We Think?

IDG CEO Michael Friedenberg weighs the promise of globalization against the competitive realities of Internet business practices and security concerns.

New Executive Skill Sets Emerge in CIO 100 Award Winners

IDG CEO Michael Friedenberg spots a trio of skills that signal greater business success for IT: marketing, market knowledge and communication.

Two Critical Questions Every CIO Should Answer

IDG Communications CEO Michael Friedenberg dips into the history of the once-thriving ice industry to put today’s period of business transformation in crystal-clear perspective.

Retail Must Reinvent Itself for the Omnichannel Future

IDG Communications CEO Michael Friedenberg offers his take on the latest IDC predictions about retail customers, big data, supply chain and more 


Will 3D Printing Really Change the World?

IDG Communications CEO Michael Friedenberg says it already has, as he contemplates 3-D printing technology that can create things as varied as a human liver and a new home.

A CEO's Guide to Setting Goals for 2014

One CEO gains inspiration from quotes by business luminaries such as John Chambers, Jeff Bezos, Jack Dorsey and Howard Schultz

IT Industry Undergoing an Epic Transition

CEO Michael Friedenberg reads the signs of an enterprise tech industry that is unraveling before our eyes. But as one computing era ends, a new one (which IDC calls the third platform) is just beginning.

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