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Investment Research Services

Effective investment strategies begin with accurate identification of attractive investment opportunities. Capitalizing on extensive relationships with all types and stages of technology firms, IDC's analysts advise investors and IT researchers with unparalleled insight into emerging technologies, trends, vendors, and customer requirements. IDC expert analysts are your strategic partners assisting clients understand a dynamic and agile IT market, mitigating your risk while maximizing your returns. IDC analysts span the globe, with two-thirds of the company's 1,100 analysts outside the U.S. geography. IDC is the premier global market intelligence and advisory firm in the information technology and telecommunications industries. Investment Research Services (IRS) is IDC's exclusive research offering for the financial services community. The Investment Research Services provides comprehensive access to IDC's unparalleled knowledge base, globally, providing timely and comprehensive quantitative and qualitative market intelligence. Clients have a dedicated client relationship manager with expertise supporting investors as your central contact. Clients also receive inquiry hours used toward direct analyst interaction, custom research, and consulting projects.

Address Key Business Issues

Our research addresses the following issues that are critical to your success:

Commercial Banks

  • Gain customer and sales insight
  • Quantify market opportunities
  • Understand global industry segments and trends
  • Identify lending risks

Equity Research

  • Gain quantitative market and company intelligence
  • Facilitate channel checks
  • Identify proprietary issues
  • Quantify market forecasts and growth rates
  • Identify breakout markets, buyer behavior, and intent
  • IDC MarketScape analysis shows leaders and trailers by technology

Investment Banks

  • Understand new markets
  • Clarify complex product portfolios
  • Identify buy-side and sell-side opportunities
  • Provide unbiased industry quantification
  • Understand global and local potential

Venture Capital and Private Equity

  • Develop deal flow
  • Identify new markets and emerging players
  • Understand emerging market segments and customer demand
  • Identify risks
  • Create exit strategies
Receive Customized Service

Research Analyst Inquiry Support

Through the dedicated client relationship manager, clients access more than 1,100 IDC analysts providing global, regional, and local expertise on technology, industry opportunities, and trends in over 110 countries worldwide. Clients will tap into the expertise of industry and market experts and obtain strategic and tactical advice on specific markets, companies, technologies, and products.

IDC's personalized Web site allows instant access to the most up-to-date information anytime, anywhere. Clients are able to personalize alerts based upon what they care about and receive immediate updates.

Inquiry Hours

IDC clients receive a pool of inquiry hours. These inquiry hours may be applied toward research analyst support, the purchase of additional IDC products, consulting services, and/or onsite analyst presentations.


IDC events cover the hottest trends shaping the IT and communications industries. IDC clients receive invitations to participate in conferences, breakfast briefings, telebriefings, Web conferences, and other IDC events held throughout the year.

Technology Coverage Areas
  • Big Data/analytics
  • Business services
  • Channels
  • Cloud technologies
  • Computer systems
  • Consumer technology
  • Infrastructure software
  • Innovation accelerators (3D print, AR/VR, IoT, etc.)
  • IT services, support, and integration
  • Mobility
  • Networking
  • Print and digital output
  • Security and business continuity services
  • Semiconductors
  • Small and medium-sized business
  • Social media and business
  • Software application development and deployment
  • Software application and information access
  • Storage
  • Telecommunications
  • Industry Perspectives
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Joseph E. Loiselle Group Vice President, IDC's Global IT and Financial Advisory Services