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Technology Valuation Services: Networking and IP Telephony

IDC's Technology Valuation Services: Networking and IP Telephony provides core data and information for IT financing providers and product managers to understand equipment life cycles and measure risk in IT investments. This service provides technology assessments and residual value forecasts for IT equipment portfolio managers, product marketing managers, sales professionals, procurement executives, and IT financing and leasing specialists. Technologies covered within this service include currently marketed and previous-generation network switches and routers and IP telephony equipment. Residual value forecasts are provided in our detailed life-cycle reports, and we conduct annual telebriefings to review market trends, product announcements, and vendor developments.

Markets and Subjects Analyzed
  • Cisco networking equipment
  • Quantitative forecasts of secondary market values (residual values) for specified products
  • Technology assessments provided throughout the product life cycle
  • Evaluation of vendor primary and secondary market strategies
  • Assessment of related software licensing and maintenance practices on product secondary market prices
Core Research
  • Cisco Networking Equipment Life-Cycle Analysis

In addition to the insight provided in this service, IDC may conduct research on specific topics or emerging market segments via research offerings that require additional IDC funding and client investment.

Key Questions Answered
  1. Will demand exist for this equipment type by lease end? What will the economic value be in three to five years?
  2. How is this vendor positioned relative to its competitors, and what is its outlook?
  3. Will emerging technologies render this equipment obsolete in the near future?
  4. How will new product features impact equipment resale prices one to four years after introduction?
  5. How will the increasingly global used equipment market impact used equipment prices and secondary market dynamics?
  6. How will new product discounting practices impact the resale for each type of equipment one to four years into the future?
Companies Covered

Cisco Systems, Inc.

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