IDC Research Types
Provides complete background information on an IDC analyst. Each profile provides a biography, a notable quotation, a frequently asked question relevant to the particular analyst's focus, and a list of research authored by that analyst.
Lists the analyst members of a topical team. Outlines general areas of coverage and any specialties.
Provides rapid IDC insight and analysis about a significant industry event or conference, merger or acquisition, product announcement, or other fast-breaking news affecting the IT market.
Provides a short, quick look at an updated forecast and the changed assumptions behind the update. It updates a market forecast published in the same calendar year, identifies changed and key forecast assumptions, and highlights actions for participants to consider in light of the changes.
Provides coverage and analysis of an industry event, new product or service, or a company announcement or development.
Provides brief overview coverage of what is happening in a market.
Provides a concise, hard-hitting profile of an emerging vendor. A profile will highlight new players and technologies and the potential paradigm shifts or disruptions a vendor represents.
Illustrates IDC's keen analysis of major market trends in downloadable PowerPoints. Available as a free download the day it appears, an IDC Daily Graphic provides valuable material for speeches and strategic planning.
Provides published slides, audio, and other materials from IDC and Insights Web conferences, briefings, forums, or other events.
Delivers dependable, relevant, and high-impact data and insight to help organizations make sound business and technology decisions. eBusiness executives, IT professionals, IT suppliers, and services suppliers benefit from the strategic insight and networking opportunities IDC conferences offer. Generally, all presentation slides are available online, and for most conferences, streaming audio of key discussions is available as well.
Focuses on significant trends and paradigm shifts. Each Web conference will provide attendees with leading-edge market information that will enable them to make smart business decisions. For those unable to attend in person or those wishing to review the content presented, these synchronized multimedia presentations are available online.
Serves as a framework for IT/tech professionals' IT strategy and planning for the next one to three years. It lists IDC's top 10 worldwide technology trends for the coming one to three years in a given research area and includes related drivers, projected IT/business strategy impact, and guidance.
Helps IT/tech professionals develop a short list of suitable suppliers when selecting a vendor. Provides an unbiased assessment of tech suppliers in terms of offerings, strategy, capabilities, and other important factors in a given technology area.
Describes five stages of "maturity" or capability for a particular technology area, helps IT/tech professionals understand where their organizations fit within those stages, and provides guidance on key components for planning successful improvements to a tech initiative.
IDC MaturityScape Benchmark
Helps IT/tech professionals to benchmark their maturity against peers, develop a business case for a tech initiative, and build consensus about where critical IT investments should be made. Presents quantitative research results that show the market distribution for a given tech initiative across the five stages of maturity presented in the related IDC MaturityScape. Shows the results and components of particularly successful initiatives.
Gives IT/tech professionals insight into best practices (and practices to avoid) by providing specific use case examples implemented by peers. Identifies practices that have the most impact on the success of a tech or business initiative, and provides actionable guidance for each practice.
Helps IT/tech professionals to justify and plan a business and/or technology investment or opportunity by exploring why, what, who, and how (these are also the main section headings). Presents key players, critical success factors, risks, and actions to consider for a designated technology and/or business management area.
Helps IT/tech professionals with developing IT strategic plans and evaluating emerging technologies in terms of their risk to the business. Shows the adoption curve and risk levels over time for a specific emerging technology. Sorts technologies into three "adoption model" categories (transformational, incremental, opportunistic) to help tech leaders determine the potential impact for their organization.
Provides timely context and insight around important market trends and events in a short opinion piece. IDC Links provide IDC's point of view on:
- Financial announcements
- Product announcements
- Mergers and acquisitions or divestitures
- Response to news
Correlates the use of specific practices and superior performance as indicated by an analysis of the benchmarking database. Highlights any significant differences between industries. Conclusions provide a set of process priorities for improving a business case and advice on how to overcome change management issues.
Helps buyers to assess their business strategies and/or associated business processes, especially as they relate to the use of technology.
Methods and Practices
Provides a step-by-step description of a method or methods that can be applied. As appropriate, the report may compare the benefits and drawbacks of several methods.
Presents an article written by an Insights analyst on a topic of special interest to a target audience. This information has generally already appeared in an industry publication and is repackaged for display on the Insights Web site.
Helps buyers select the right IT supplier. The report helps buyers understand the various providers of a technology by providing analysis on market landscape, vendor profiles, vendor market share, and vendor assessments.
Presents an interactive spreadsheet tool for analyzing trends and activities in a specific market segment. These tables are available only through an annual subscription service.
Top 10 Predictions
Provides bold, well-conceived market predictions grounded in solid methodologies, primary research, and analyst experience. Lays out a clear road map to understanding major market opportunities and trends.
Provides the latest, select CIS forecast data, primary research survey findings, and critical IDC analyst opinion in a succinct, easy-to-digest PowerPoint format.
Presents a hypothesis about what is happening in the market backed by the results of a demand-side or supply-side survey. The focus is on interpreting and analyzing the survey results and providing a strong point of view along with actionable advice.
IDC Survey Spotlight
Answers a timely question and provides a strong opinion backed by IDC survey data. This is a quick nugget of information that is presented in two concise PowerPoint slides.
Provides an easy-to-use format to post on the Web presentations that were previously delivered at public forums (such as conferences and events) or for internal client meetings and client presentations. It may not come as part of a consulting/custom engagement.
Market Analysis Perspective
Delivers a concise current state view of a market and insight into the impact of future trends. Business executives, product managers, and MI/AR professionals can use this information when looking to understand buyers' perspectives and market impacts.
Announces significant corporate news, such as key hirings or promotions, performance milestones, event highlights, or speaking engagements.
Describes a research product. Usually details the major areas of coverage and deliverables, and outlines key questions and competitive market conditions that the research will address. Includes links to all published research for a research product.
Provides a detailed accounting and review of a vendor's programs, processes, products, service, satisfaction, and/or strategy in a target market. This knowledge helps clients reduce their risk of losing market share or enhance their position over the competition.
Customer Needs and Strategies
Focuses on the important decisions that business and IT professionals make every day.
Industry Developments and Models
Provides a detailed assessment of a specific target market's expansion pattern. This analysis helps clients develop and deploy the right mix of value-add products, programs, or services to support their sales and/or partnering efforts.
Provides an in-depth examination of the dynamics and future of a single market or a group of related markets. The Market Analysis is where we will typically present our forecasts and assumptions, using a key forecast assumptions table.
Provides the future of a single market or a group of related markets. It presents a new or updated market forecast, including key drivers and assumptions used in the forecast.
Provides data on market size, regional allocations, and platform splits as well as a summary of vendor shares for the most recently completed period (year, quarter).
Provides a onetime study produced by a research group that is not published as a deliverable under a subscription service.
Provides a study and interpretation of the results of a demand- or supply-side survey.
Highlights and emphasizes how IDC tracks the market while also making it easier for customers to find and identify IDC Taxonomy documents.
Provides an analysis of the intricacies of an emerging or established technology or the technologies contained within a specific product.
Vendor Needs and Strategies
Provides an in-depth analysis of a company, a small group of companies, a division of a company focused on a particular market, or a best practice that the company exemplifies.
This IDC Market Perspective looks at the opportunities in age-in-place, independent, and assisted living environments. In just one generation from now, half of the Canadian population will be 55 and older. Over that period of time, over ...
This IDC Market Note examines the significance of HP Inc.'s acquisition of OneFlow Systems and discusses the overall importance of automation in digital print and how it will help print service providers profit from existing and new business ...
The international businesses of NTT Communications, Dimension Data, and NTT Security are being integrated into a new global operating company called NTT Ltd. as per July 1, 2019. IDC believes that the new entity will have a profound effect ...
This IDC Market Note evaluates Epson's new Monna Lisa Evo Tre digital textile printers and Genesta pigment inks exhibited at the ITMA event in Barcelona, Spain, from June 20-26, 2019.
This IDC Market Perspective provides an overview of the impacts of and relationships between edge computing and other key technology domains, with a focus on the European scenario.
"Edge computing has implications in many traditional ...
This IDC Market Perspective outlines IoT-backed smart farming opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa. The document provides details of smart farming use cases and showcases their potential for growth. The documents then concludes with recommendations ...
This IDC Market Note reviews litigation filed by Canon against 49 different companies in early 2018 for infringing on patents for several of its toner products. It analyzes how the companies that Canon chose to target are an indication of ...
This IDC Market Note provides IDC's viewpoint on the Nutanix .NEXT conference, which was held May 7–9, 2019, in Anaheim, California. Nutanix's product announcements and overall strategy are analyzed in this document.
This IDC Market Perspective analyzes Lexalytics, a company in the text analytics segment of the content analytics market, and reviews the five key success factors: market potential, products and services, customers, competitive edge, and ...
This IDC Market Perspective provides an update on the growing amount of data requiring some level of protection within the Global DataSphere.
Users are connecting billions of new devices to a network every year, and these devices will ...
This IDC Market Perspective includes current fair market value, residual value, and specification charts for Dell EMC's enterprise disk storage systems. It offers primary and secondary market analysis for the vendor and its products.
This IDC Vendor Profile focuses on the VMware SD-WAN by VeloCloud offering. VeloCloud was a networking start-up founded seven years ago. The company quickly became a serious contender in the highly competitive networking market. At the end ...
5G will result in a fundamental change in the service delivery models of carriers. However, this change will come in different phases. The current indication from major carriers across Asia/Pacific sets expectation for delays in full-scale ...
This IDC Market Note includes news and IDC point of view regarding 3D, production, and industrial printer news that occurred in May 2019.
This IDC Market Note covers news about imaging, printing, and document solutions vendors that occurred in May 2019.
This IDC Market Perspective presents key DX-related developments and initiatives in the telecom industry in Sub-Saharan Africa. It describes approaches taken by operators as they have embarked on their DX journeys. It provides recommendations ...
This IDC Market Note revisits Tech Data's Global Lifecycle Management services and the enhancements and offer refinements it has made over the past year.
"As the market evolves toward services-led engagements and, more importantly, ...
This IDC Vendor Profile assesses Israeli textile printer manufacturer Kornit Digital. It provides an overview of the company and looks at its offerings, business model, and overall strategy. Finally, it examines Kornit Digital's position ...
This IDC Market Note summarizes the presentations and discussion at Canon EMEA's Analyst Day in May 2019. It looks at how Canon is gearing up to grow its print business and segue into and develop adjacent markets.
The Info-Communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) of Singapore has been very proactive with public consultations relating to 5G with the issuance of the second public consultation. Many of the spectrum and technical issues that ...
This IDC Market Note analyzes Epson's recent announcement of the 100ppm WorkForce Enterprise WF-M20590. This A3 inkjet MFP complements the company's WorkForce Enterprise WF-C17590/WF-C20590 color models with a monochrome-only print solution.