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.
At SAP Concur Fusion, which was held March 11-14 in San Diego, the company invited more than 3,000 customers, partners, media, and industry analysts to show off new products and product enhancements to its travel and expense management platform. ...
IBM continues to divest applications as it pivots to cloud infrastructure services. Business applications sold as standalone offerings (especially that don't leverage large IBM cloud deals) are obvious candidates – especially given the enormous ...
This IDC Link sums up key business updates, product launches, and the roadmap announced during Alfresco Days held in New York on April 2 and 3, 2019. One of the key announcements revolved around the launch of Alfresco's new AI and ML-based ...
The evolution of capture technology from a rule- and template-based solution to one employing artificial intelligence (AI) and content analytics technologies is rapidly expanding capture use cases across industries and business functions. ...
Microsoft quietly launched the global availability of Kaizala, a "simple, secure work management and messaging app," eligible to Microsoft 365 and Office 365 commercial customers worldwide. This modernizes the collaboration tools suite as ...
Chef, the configuration automation company, significantly shifted its business model by announcing that all existing product code will be open sourced under the Apache 2.0 license. At the same time, a new, integrated paid distribution called ...
On March 26, 2019, Unit4 announced it has acquired Intuo, a Belgium-based provider of talent management software, with a focus on talent enablement, employee feedback and recognition, and learning management. This is a long-anticipated move ...
Professional services that expertly leverage technology stand to provide enterprises more value and efficiency than deploying just software alone. Buying more shelfware rarely solves the problem, yet who better to help prevent software from ...
On March 28, 2019, Accenture reported its FY 2Q19 results, including $10.5 billion in quarterly revenue (see accounting note later), a 5% YoY increase in U.S. dollar, and 9% in local currency. The earnings call was led by David Rowland, ...
This IDC pivot table includes forecasts for six competitive market share areas for IDC's agile application life-cycle management (ALM), quality, and portfolio strategies research. These 2019–2022 forecast models result from earlier analysis ...
This IDC Pivot Table includes six competitive market share areas for IDC's Agile Application Life-Cycle Management (ALM), Quality, and Portfolio Strategies research. These 2017 models result from earlier analysis and will form the basis ...
This IDC Pivot Table provides the semiannual Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) (APEJ) datacenter deployment model, which includes the number of datacenter units, number of racks, power, and space. The pivot table also contains the spending ...
On March 14, 2019, Oracle announced its fiscal 3Q19 earnings. Here are the top financial highlights for the quarter (all revenue growth is presented in constant currency terms):
- Total revenue for the fourth quarter was $9.61 billion, ...
On March 18, 2019, Atlassian Corp. announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire AgileCraft, a provider of business-oriented, higher-end agile planning software. This acquisition seeks to address a compelling need for its ...
On March 5, 2019, Salesforce announced the availability of myTrailhead, a commercial version of its learning and skills platform, Trailhead, that it has used to great success with its own employee, customer, and partner communities.
CGI, the fifth-largest IT services provider in the Nordics and the second largest in Sweden, intends to acquire Acando, which has 2,100 employees and operations mainly in Sweden, Norway, and Germany.
The acquisition will complement ...
BMC is pursuing an innovative strategy to enhance its IT service management portfolio with cognitive capabilities. The main challenge for the company is managing its existing business and customer base while taking advantage of new technologies ...
This IDC Manufacturing Insights Pivot Table provides IT spending data on Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) (APEJ) manufacturers by segment. It includes IT spending from 2016 and a forecast outlook for 2018–2022. This document provides IT spending ...
This IDC Link presents IDC's opinion on the recently announced global partnership between ABB and Dassault Systèmes. Combining the strength of ABB's Ability™ digital solutions and Dassault Systèmes' 3DEXPERIENCE platform, the partnership ...
On March 4, 2019, Salesforce announced its FY 4Q19 and end-of-year earnings. Earnings were solid, with total revenue of $3.60 billion for the quarter, a 26% year-over-year increase from FY 4Q18. Salesforce's 2019 fiscal year revenue was ...
Red Hat's recent launch of OperatorHub.io, in collaboration with a range of partners (Google Cloud, AWS, and Microsoft), offers enterprises a single open source destination to locate and download native full-stack Kubernetes Operator automations ...
IDC sees the live demo of mobile video delivery across multi-access edge computing (MEC) at Ciena's booth at MWC as particularly significant, considering it provided a simple and elegant illustration of how mobile VNF, virtualized content ...