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.
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On August 29, 2019, Dell Technologies released its 2Q20 financial results and held a conference call with analysts. The company reported that first-quarter consolidated non-GAAP revenue increased 1% to $23.5 billion over 2Q19 driven primarily ...
On August 27, 2019, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) held a quarterly earnings call and disclosed its 3Q19 financial results. The company reported that third-quarter GAAP revenue decreased 7% YoY to $7.2 billion. When tier 1 hyperscale sales ...
On August 22, 2019, Salesforce announced FY 2Q20 earnings. Earnings this quarter were strong, with total revenue of $4 billion for the quarter, a 22% year-over-year increase from FY 2Q19. Salesforce increased the third-quarter revenue guidance ...
Telecommunications company Chorus New Zealand released its 2019 full-year results on August 26, 2019.
Chorus reported net profit after tax of NZD53 million for FY19, down from NZD85 million in FY18. The decline in earnings is a result ...
On Wednesday, August 28, Fitbit announced a subscription service offering consumers a personalized exercise and action plan called Fitbit Premium; its Alexa-powered smartwatch with the Versa 2; and a sub-$50 connected scale with the Aria ...
HP Inc.'s print business was down 5.3% year over year in 3Q19 to $4.9 billion as announced in its latest quarterly earnings. Supplies, which is 64% of the business unit's revenue was down 7%, while hardware, the remaining 36% of the company's ...
Cisco continued its recent earnings streak of solid revenue growth in the company's fourth fiscal quarter, with revenue increasing 6% year over year (y/y) to $13.43 billion and GAAP income of $2.2 billion. But weakness in the company's Chinese ...
PaperCut, a leading print management software company, announced its newest version (19.1) of PaperCut MF and PaperCut NG, adding several new capabilities including Print Deploy, a feature that automates print queue deployment. With this ...
RPA software vendor Blue Prism has appointed a new COO: Eric Verniaut, formerly an executive with SAP. In IDC's view this is a "coming of age" moment for Blue Prism as it grows into a significant industry player, and also a sign of the increasing ...
On August 13, 2019, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced that it would move the effective date of 10% tariffs applied to some of the List 4 goods imported from China (which includes mobile phones, notebooks, monitors, ...
This IDC Link discusses eBay's announcement of its Managed Delivery fulfillment service for sellers, which will be launched in the United States in 2020.
The news that Standard Cognition secured $35 million in a Series B round reflects the volume of interest in retail for cashierless checkout technology. Further evidence comes from IDC's 2019 Global IoT Decision Maker Survey, where ...
On July 30, Apple announced its fiscal year 3Q19 results, including revenue of $53.8 billion, marking an increase of just 1.0% from 3Q18. Net income reached $10.0 billion, down 12.8% from 2Q18 levels. The segment highlights for the quarter ...
On August 1, 2019, Verizon released its 2Q19 earnings, which exceeded Wall Street expectations. The company recorded strong wireless metrics growth, which was slightly ahead of main rival AT&T, and continues to forge ahead with the implementation ...
The Department of Justice (DOJ) clearance of the T-Mobile-Sprint merger is a major step in getting the deal finalized. Questions remain on whether DISH can step in as a viable competitor even with the concessions afforded by the DOJ consent ...
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