Canadian Quarterly PC Tracker
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IDC's Canadian Quarterly PC Tracker® provides a detailed view of the Canadian PC market, key market trends, and ongoing performance of the leading suppliers. Quarterly reports also provide an overview of the state and outlook of the Canadian PC market. Through this research service, vendors will have the tools to more effectively reach customers, support channel partners, and achieve sales targets. The core product is a comprehensive electronic database detailing changes and trends in the highly competitive PC market. IDC's Canadian Quarterly PC Tracker delivers an accurate view of the PC market from those closest to it.

Technology Coverage

This tracker provides total market size and vendor share for the following technology areas. Measurement for this tracker is in shipments, average selling value, and revenue.

Core Coverage

  • Form factor: Desktop PC, portable PC
  • Product category: Mini notebook PC, all-in-one PC, traditional desktop PC, desktop workstation, traditional notebook PC, ultraslim notebook PC, mobile workstation, and convertible notebook PC
  • Quarterly shipments and end-user spending from 1994 through a rolling five-year forecast
  • Price bands, processor (CPU) data

Optional Content Add-Ons

  • Segment by channel

Geographic Scope

  • Canada

Forecast Coverage

Forecasts for this tracker are updated quarterly and include historical data back to 1994, up to two years of quarterly forecasts, and an additional three years of annual market projections. Examples of the forecasts included in this tracker are as follows:

Core Forecast Coverage

  • Form factor: Desktop PC, portable PC
  • Product category: Traditional desktop PC, all-in-one PC, traditional portable PC, ultraslim notebook PC, and mini notebook PC
  • Channels: Retailer, vendor direct — relationship, vendor direct — transactional, dealer/VAR/SI, vendor direct — Internet, telco, vendor direct — store, electronic retailer, and others
  • Segments: Home, small office (1–9 employees), small business (10–99 employees), medium-sized business (100–499 employees), large business (500–999 employees), very large business (1,000+ employees), government, and education


This tracker is delivered on a quarterly basis via Excel pivot tables and/or a Web-based query tool. Deliverables for this tracker are listed below. For a complete delivery schedule, please contact an IDC sales representative.

  • Preliminary top 5 vendor data
  • Preliminary top 10 vendor data
  • One-hour-long telebriefing of preliminary market results
  • Historical database and analysis published
  • Historical data add-on products published (expanded price bands, segment by channel)
  • Forecast database and analysis published
  • Forecast data add-on products published (price band forecast, installed base, segment by channel forecast, sub form factor forecast)

IDC's Tracker Methodology

IDC's tracker data is developed using a rigorous methodology that includes well-planned and well-coordinated local, regional, and worldwide data cross-checks combined with a proprietary advanced data consolidation and analysis data platform managed by IDC's Worldwide Tracker organization. Data sources used in the process of determining IDC's tracker numbers include, but are not limited to:

  • In-country local vendor interviews
  • Distribution data feeds
  • Worldwide and regional vendor guidance
  • ODM data
  • In-country local channel partner discussions
  • Import records
  • Feedback from component suppliers
  • Vendor briefings and public financial reports

Meet the Experts
George Bulat
Research Director, Client Hardware
Tim Brunt
Program Manager, Personal Computing