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 Note discusses the 2018 Comcast Business Analyst Summit, held in Philadelphia on September 5, 2018. It highlights the developments of Comcast Business' enterprise platforms and portfolio and summarizes IDC's view of the event. ...
This IDC Market Note examines observations from the International Textile Machinery Association + China International Textile Machinery Exhibition (ITMA + CITME) Exhibition 2018. We spoke to all the players of the digital textile printing ...
This IDC Market Note assesses the broad implications of certain ICT-related developments in the Sub-Saharan Africa region in October 2018.
"Technological advancements are positively transforming the African landscape, with technologies ...
The Atos Asia/Pacific leadership team organized an analyst briefing on November 27, 2018 with a group of IDC analysts. This Market Note focuses on updates around Atos' Asia/Pacific business, specifically, around three major business units, ...
This IDC Market Note provides a summary of HP Inc.'s recent briefing with IDC on the company's contractual print and document solutions and services offerings. This document looks closely at HP Inc.'s strategy and provides a snapshot of ...
This IDC Market Note provides an overview of LRS' acquisition of Drivve, a software provider of specialized, document-related solutions with a focus on distributed data capture solutions. This document also discusses the impact this acquisition ...
This IDC Vendor Profile examines a major new market expansion effort undertaken by DataDirect Networks (DDN), a vendor of software-defined, scale-out storage systems that today primarily targets the massively parallel computing (MPC) markets. ...
This IDC Market Note provides a summary of Xerox's recent briefing with IDC on the company's contractual print and document solutions and services offerings. This document looks closely at Xerox's contractual print and document services ...
This IDC Vendor Profile analyzes Curvature, a global provider of IT services, third-party maintenance, and pre-owned hardware. It reviews key success factors including strategy, offerings, partnerships, and target markets, and provides advice ...
This IDC study analyzes of the financial results of 11 incumbent telecommunications services providers in Central and Eastern Europe, focusing especially on revenues generated from non-core telecommunications services. It examines adjacent ...
This market perspective aims to provide a summary of the most important public safety trends in the context of smart cities in Latin America, using an analysis of primary and secondary information sources.
This analysis includes definitions ...
This IDC Market Notes includes news and IDC's point of view of 3D, Production and Industrial Printer's news occurred on November 2018.
This IDC Market Note provides a summary of Konica Minolta's recent briefing with IDC on the company's contractual print and document solutions and services offerings. This document looks closely at Konica Minolta's strategy and provides ...
This IDC Market Perspective looks at the segments, vendors, and devices that shaped the U.S. market. The third quarter of 2018 saw growth for A3 color shipments in the United States, while A4 — in both monochrome and color — fell.
This IDC Market Note includes news about printer vendors from November 2018.
This IDC Market Perspective discusses the promises that quantum computing seeks to fulfill and how Europe is positioned in the quantum race. It examines the potential applications and use cases for quantum, analyzes the possible implications ...
This IDC Market Note provides a summary of the Inspur Analyst Conference 2018 held in Beijing from September 17 to September 19, 2018. It covers Inspur's latest developments on artificial intelligence (AI) servers and how IT teams and data ...
This IDC Market Perspective analyzes Brother's fireside chat meetings with dealers held in four United States locations in October and November. The fireside chats were intended to provide a comfortable living room–like atmosphere for interactive ...
This IDC Market Perspective analyzes HP Inc.'s "Power of Print" Industry Analyst Summit held at the company's Palo Alto, California, headquarters on November 1 and 2.
"Despite the print market's mature state, HP Inc. has shown resilience ...
This IDC Market Perspective provides IDC's viewpoint on investments made by leading public cloud service providers in offering AMD EPYC-based infrastructure-as-a-services instances. Key examples include Oracle's introduction of AMD EPYC–based ...
This IDC Market Perspective examines customer experience opportunities for network life-cycle firms.
"The move from a transactional sales motion (e.g., the frantic rush to sell equipment at the end of each quarter) to a contractual ...
This IDC Market Note provides analysis of the FDA's position on medical device security and offers guidance to healthcare delivery organizations and medical device manufacturers. The Food and Drug Administration is taking steps that hold ...