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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TCS Makes Its First Acquisition of a Digital Design Studio, United Kingdom–Based W12 Studios
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PA Consulting Strengthens Its Digital Strategy Capabilities with Another Acquisition, Boston-Based Essential Design
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Publicis.Sapient has announced plans to buy Xebia France, a Paris-based "agile engineering and technology leader" with 170 staff specializing in new technology areas such as cloud, DevOps, IoT, and Agile. The tuck-in acquisition looks like ...
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Accenture FY 4Q18: Quarterly Revenue Up 11% and Up 14% for FY18, Record-Breaking New Bookings and Strong Cash Flow Bode Well for FY19
On September 27, 2018, Accenture reported its FY 4Q18 results, including $10.1 billion in quarterly net revenue (i.e., before reimbursements), an 11% YoY increase in both USD and local currency. For FY18, net revenues were $39.6 billion, ...
IDC's ongoing research underscores the growing importance of having an as-a-service and consumption-based IT procurement model. Demand for these models continues to grow because customers like the simplicity, flexibility, and agility that ...
Slack held the first of this year's three Frontiers conferences in San Francisco, California, on September 5–6, 2018. Announcements may be broken up across upcoming events in New York and London, but the top takeaways were still significant ...
Coupa acquires DCR Workforce, adding more contingent workforce and services procurement breadth to its platform. Business spend management is clearly a vision Coupa is delivering on.
IDC's research underscores the growing importance of as-a-service and consumption-based IT procurement models and the impact of these models on the acquisition of personnel devices, such as laptops and desktops. Demand for these models continues ...
Accenture Continues Push into Providing Transformative Product Engineering Services with the Acquisition of Mindtribe and Pillar
As the business of providing product engineering and operation technology services becomes mainstream, the market will witness increased M&A activity. Start-ups or established niche product, technology, services, or consulting companies ...
While the Google Cloud Next '18 event (the company's cloud computing user conference and expo), focused mainly on Google's IaaS and cloud-based artificial intelligence capabilities, the event also highlighted Google's opportunities to establish ...
Google Cloud Next '18: Differentiation Emerging for Enterprise IT Leadership Teams Through Cloud Management
The Google Cloud team held its third-annual customer conference in San Francisco, attended by over 23,000 attendees. This research will focus on one of the conference themes; that of modern application development, deployment, management, ...
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Equinix 2018 Analyst Summit: Celebrating 20 Years at the Crossroads of the Digital Ecosystem
On June 20–21, 2018, Equinix held a summit for financial and industry analysts in New York City. The event highlighted the strong growth and positive outlook for one of the leading and innovative colocation providers. A few key highlights: ...
On June 11–12, Cisco Systems held its annual customer event, Cisco Live, in conjunction with its analyst event, C-Scape, to share its vision and strategy. In addition to product announcements, CEO Chuck Robbins also announced new senior ...
AT&T’s sale of its datacenter business is a good outcome for the company that sold its managed cloud infrastructure business to IBM in 2015. The company will enter a strategic partnership with Brookfield Infrastructure Partners to deliver ...
Ciena Lays Out Software- and Services-Driven Adaptive Network Vision Spanning Layers 0–3 at Analyst Day
Ciena's Adaptive Network vision is aligned with the growing need for closed-loop automation in communication service providers globally and is a logical evolution of its strategy over the past few years to pivot its positioning away from ...
Cloud, Core, and Edge Datacenter Transformation: Key Takeaways from Schneider Electric's 2018 Analyst Day
Schneider Electric is making headway following the significant directional shift it began last year to drive innovation in very different aspects of its business — internet giants and edge. Beyond the critical infrastructure it provides ...
HP Inc. Quarterly Analyst Update: Continued Momentum in Print Business Across All Regions and Segments
On June 7, 2018, HP Inc. conducted its regular quarterly update call with industry analysts. During the call, Enrique Lores, president of HP Inc.'s Imaging and Printing business, discussed the firm's recent financial and operational performance. ...
DXC FY 4Q18: Pro Forma Quarterly Revenue Down 1.3% (CC), While FY18 Revenue Was Down 4.8% (CC)
On May 24, 2018, DXC reported its FY 4Q18 and full-year results, including $6.294 billion in quarterly revenue, a YoY decline of 1.3% in constant currency (CC) but flat sequentially. Revenue for fiscal 2018 was estimated at $24.556 billion, ...