Research Methodology

IDC's Decision-Making

Robust Research Methodology

IDC offers a rigorous research methodology and tools designed to help technology professionals make more informed technology decisions.

The IDC research framework offers you fact-based research packed with the critical information necessary to allow faster technology decisions with less risk.

We also understand that industry matters, offering industry-specific lenses and global context.

At any stage of the technology process

You need to:

  • Explore new technologies
  • Align a technology strategy and roadmap
  • Implement an existing technology strategy

No matter what part of the process you're in, IDC DecisionScapes and research tools will help you.

At every stage, subscribers to IDC's IT Executive Programs can talk one-on-one with IDC analysts to validate conclusions and better understand risks.


IDC FutureScape

augments your planning sessions with 5 year technology predictions put in the context of a business framework, making it easier to tie them to your wider business strategy.

IDC TechScape

mitigates the risk of new technologies by reporting their adoption rates and evaluating the business benefits of deploying them.

IDC TechBrief

brings you up to speed on a new technology, outlining key areas of benefit, risk, success factors, adoption rate, and required investment.


IDC MaturityScape

helps you build internal consensus around technology initiatives by identifying the maturity level your organization needs to maintain competitiveness or achieve industry superiority.

IDC MaturityScape Benchmark

prioritizes technology investments by reporting peer benchmarks tied to maturity levels.

IDC PlanScape

helps you prepare the case for a technology initiative by defining approaches, resources, timeline, and business impacts.


IDC PeerScape

minimizes your missteps by identifying peer business practices worthy of emulating or avoiding, increasing the likelihood of positive impacts from a technology initiative.

IDC MarketScape

gets you to a short list by assessing tech suppliers' offerings and strategies, using an unbiased and consistent methodology.

IDC Innovator

vets emerging vendors by presenting suppliers using an innovative new technology, a groundbreaking approach, or a new business model.

Put our research methodology to work for you

Contact us to learn more about how IDC's research and tools can address your business needs.