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This IDC study provides a detailed description of IDC's functional area research. It should be used as a companion piece for IDC's Worldwide Semiannual IT Spending Guide: Line of Business program as well as all functional area research to help organizations understand the non-IT department technology buyers.

"IDC's Worldwide Semiannual Line of Business Spending Guide taxonomy presents a comprehensive view of these new buyers," said Eileen Smith, program director, Customer Insights and Analysis at IDC. "It is an invaluable resource to help vendors define and standardize their functional area definitions."



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