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Your myIDC Pages

When you register on idc.com, a personal myIDC page is created for you. You will see a link for “myIDC” in the main navigation. Click on the tab to go to your myIDC pages. In the myIDC interface, you can see recently published research; a list of the Subscription Services you have access to you, as well as direct links to other IDC Interactive Database products. You can also manage your Preferences and Alert settings.

If you are a Corporate Administrator, you will find links to the Account Management pages which will help you manage your users and obtain reports on their usage and research access.


How To Login and Logout

You will find a "login" link in the upper right-hand corner of every page on idc.com. You have the option when you login to have the site remember you on future visits, so you won't have to enter your email or password again. If you forget your password, click on the "Forgot my Password" link to have the site email you a link to reset it.

Remember Me

To logout, click on your name in the top right-hand corner of the site, then click on the Logout link that appears. Your session will be ended and you will need to re-enter your password to login again.

Research Tab

The Research tab allows you to view IDC research, filtered in multiple ways, to customize your experience. The default view shows All My Research, which is everything your company purchases that you have access to, but you can change this by selecting something different from the pick list. If you have already created any Alerts, you can select one to be your default and any documents that meet the criteria of your Alert will be displayed.

A ‘Find’ bar allows you to search for a term in the document titles displayed in the window, so you can quickly jump to a particular document.

The colored circle to the left of each document indicates whether you have viewed the document before. Grey indicates a read status, while orange indicates the document has not yet been viewed.

The triangle to the right of the title gives you options to Save the document to your bookcase for later reading, create an Alert, email the document to a colleague, or change the status of the document from Read to Unread. (You can also right-click anywhere on the document to see the same options.)

The right hand column displays the Document at a Glance view for whichever document is selected in the left column. This view gives you high level information about the document. If you have access to the document, you can click to open the document in your browser, or download a PDF. You can also Share it to various social media.


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Subscription Services Tab

The left hand column shows a list of the Subscription Services you have access to. If there are a lot of services, you can enter a word in the Find bar to return only services that contain that word. Another way to reduce the number of services is to “Favorite” the ones you use the most. Simply click the star to the left of the services you want, then click the star on the left of the Find bar. This will restrict the services shown to your favorites. To see all, click the star to the left of the Find bar again to deselect it.

In the right hand column, you see the documents that are published under the service selected in the left hand column, sorted with the most recent at the top. The colored circle to the left of each document indicates whether you have viewed the document before. Grey indicates a read status, while orange indicates the document has not yet been viewed.

The triangle to the right of the title gives you options to Save the document to your bookcase for later reading; create an Alert or email the document to a colleague. You can also change the status of the document from Read to Unread. (You can also right-click anywhere on the document to see the same options.)

You can select up to 10 documents at a time and save them to a zip file. This includes the document PDF and any attachments. Alternatively, you can select multiple documents and download the high level document information, including the abstract, to a spreadsheet.

You can click on the title to read the document abstract. From here you have the option to view the document or to download a PDF. You can also share it to various social media.


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Tracker Tab

The Tracker tab gives you a list of all the Tracker products you have access to. If there are a lot of Trackers, you can enter a word in the Find bar to return only Trackers that contain that word. Another way to reduce the number of Trackers is to “Favorite” the ones you use the most. Simply click the star to the left of the services you want, then click the star on the left of the Find bar. This will restrict the services shown to your favorites. To see all, click the star to the left of the Find bar again to deselect it. You can also filter to show only Trackers that have a Query Tool, by clicking on the Query Tool icon to the right of the Find bar.

In the left column, if you click on the Downloads link, an interface will open with all the files that have been uploaded for all of the trackers you have access to.

In the right hand column, you can see the latest files for download for the Tracker product you have selected in the left column. You can also see the Delivery Schedule for this product to identify when deliverables will be published. A list of the Contacts for this Tracker is displayed with a link to their profile.


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Data Products Tab

The Data Products tab gives you a list of all the Data products you have access to, organized by the type of product, for example, Forecasts, Qviews or Interactive Services. You can enter a word in the Find bar to return only Data Products that contain that word. You can also “Favorite” the Data Products you use the most. Simply click the star to the left of the Data Products you want, then click the star on the left of the Find bar. This will restrict the services shown to your favorites. To see all, click the star to the left of the Find bar again to deselect it.

The information shown in the right column will be dependent on the type of Data Product selected in the left column. In some cases, there will be a list of files that can be downloaded. In other cases, there will be a link to the actual database. In most cases, there will be a link to the Factsheet which contains information about that specific Data Product.


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Bookcase

Every user account on idc.com has a Bookcase. The Bookcase is a fast way to find links to research and event proceedings that you want to save. Whenever you see a link called "Save To Bookcase" on idc.com, clicking on that link will add the item to your bookcase.

You can create "shelves" in your bookcase to keep your links organized, and can name them for projects, topics, or teams that you participate in. Copy, move and delete the links at your convenience.

Saving links to the Bookcase

  1. Login to idc.com and browse or search IDC research.
  2. When you find a document or event proceeding that is of interest to you, click on the link called "Save To Bookcase".
  3. A small window will pop-up. Select a shelf to save it under, or create a new shelf. You can also type a small note to describe the link.
  4. Click on "Submit".

The left hand column shows the current shelf (in the drop down list) and any documents you have saved on that shelf. If you have a lot of documents, you can type a word in the find bar to filter for any titles containing that word. To the right of the Shelf name drop down, you can click the Gear icon to access an admin section where you can manage your shelves.

The right hand column displays the Document at a Glance view for whichever document is selected in the left column. This view gives you high level information about the document. If you have access to the document, you can click to open the document in your browser, or download a PDF. You can also Share it to various social media.


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Settings and Alerts

This section allows you to manage most of your IDC.com preferences in one place. In the left column there are navigation links to areas you may wish to update. The main body of the page shows your profile information and on the right, your IDC Alert settings and Bookcase.


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Edit My Profile

Your profile contains your user information such as Name, Company, Address, email and password assignments. You can update it at any time by clicking on the Edit Profile link in the left hand sub-navigation or by clicking the link under your displayed profile. You can also use an additional link to update your profile by clicking the triangle next to your name in the top right hand corner of every page. For more information, please read the "Change Password" link in the Help Topics menu.

Alerts

Your Alert settings allow you to set up any push notifications from IDC. There are three main Alert types:

  1. System Alerts: ‘prepackaged’ notifications (previously known as New Research Notifications) based on your selection of an Interest Area (topic), a Subscription Service and/or an Analyst
  2. IDC Link Alerts: ‘prepackaged’ notifications based on your selection of one or more services to receive our topical IDC Link research.
  3. Custom Alerts: Alerts that you can design yourselves, based around any specific criteria you select, either from a search, a document, a product or an analyst. You can also use your custom Alerts to drive the documents that are displayed on your MyIDC Research tab.

For each of these types, you can specify how often you would like to be notified via email when new research matches your selection. In the case of Custom Alerts, you can also receive an RSS feed.

To set up these Alerts, you can either click on the Alerts link in the sub-navigation options on the left, or click on the specific links under Alerts Settings on the right. This will take you to the Alerts Settings page.

For each Alert type, you can specify the frequency of emails in the picklist at the top of each section. For Custom Alerts, click the link for Advanced to see further options.


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To update any of your alerts, you can click on the Gear icon to the right of each section, or use the sub-navigation links on the left.

Search Preferences

You can temporarily adjust your search preferences from the search results page. However, if you always want your search to behave in a particular way, you can permanently set your search preferences from this page. Simply make your selections and click on Save Preferences. Note: checking “My Research Only” will only return documents that you have access to.


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