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 study discusses the worldwide datacenter top 10 predictions.
"Datacenters are where IT service delivery happens, so having a well-thought-out datacenter vision is critical," noted Richard Villars, vice president, Datacenter ...
This IDC PlanScape highlights digital transformation for value-based care management.
"Healthcare organizations should customize the road map for DX using the use cases in this document as building blocks. Factors such as current state ...
IDC MarketScape: U.S. Healthcare Clinical and Financial Analytic BPO Services 2017 Vendor Assessment
This IDC study describes leading healthcare analytics-as-a-service business process outsourcing (BPO) offerings. As the healthcare industry shifts from fee for service toward value-based care delivery, the demand for clinical and financial ...
This IDC study assesses IT services providers catering to healthcare in Western Europe through the IDC MarketScape model. The assessment reviews both quantitative and qualitative characteristics that define current market demands and expected ...
This IDC study represents a vendor assessment of providers offering unified endpoint management software through the IDC MarketScape model. The assessment reviews both quantitative and qualitative characteristics that define current market ...
This IDC MarketScape represents a vendor assessment of the Western Europe digital assurance services market in 2018. This research is a quantitative and qualitative assessment of the characteristics that explain a vendor's success in the ...
This IDC study explores how different drivers are collectively impacting technology in the health industry and offers guidance on actions to consider. Healthcare and life science organizations are hard pressed in the new digital era to respond ...
IDC PeerScape: Digital Hospital Practices from Hospital Construction Projects in Europe and Middle East
This IDC PeerScape study provides examples of best practices where hospital construction and digital innovation has succeeded.
"With a major hospital construction project comes the opportunity to build new IT and set the digital transformation ...
WFO capabilities will become increasingly important as contact centers and the nature of customer interactions evolve. The contact center of the future is one in which personnel are valued for their expertise and are retained for their value. ...
IDC MarketScape: U.S. Healthcare Clinical and Financial Analytic Consulting Services 2017 Vendor Assessment
This IDC study describes the offerings that consulting service providers present to the healthcare organizations that design, build, manage, and operate IT systems that analyze clinical and financial data and then use this data to provide ...
This IDC study uses the IDC MarketScape model to provide an assessment of providers in the U.S. population health analytics market. Until there is some industry consensus on the definition of population health, there will be confusion about ...
This IDC study provides an evaluation of seven vendors that provide payer solutions for provider data management. The vendors we chose include front-runners in the industry that were chosen for their market share and penetration of their ...
This IDC PeerScape explores how CIOs in the healthcare, education, and food industries are homing in on customer focus as a key part of digital transformation programs. It explores the steps these CIOs are taking to get their IT organizations ...
This IDC study uses the IDC MarketScape model to evaluate a number of vendors participating in the smart MFP market. The IDC MarketScape is an evaluation based on a comprehensive framework and a set of parameters that assess vendors relative ...
This IDC study presents a framework that defines the maturity of a healthcare provider's BPO relationship. Major trends are driving providers to reprioritize strategies and reevaluate their BPO relationships. As providers de-emphasize the ...
"Technology is changing work as we know it. This impacts organizations' culture, required skills, the way talent is sourced, the workspace, and the nature and makeup of the workforce itself. Every organization needs to be prepared to embrace ...
This IDC study provides a systematic assessment of technologies related to the adoption of service robotics. The IDC TechScape is an evaluation model based on a comprehensive framework and a set of parameters that assess a technology's adoption ...
This IDC study presents a vendor assessment of the 2018 contract management tools for payers using the IDC MarketScape model.
Whether using a "best of breed" approach or one vendor, the silo of provider contract management for payers ...
Although data availability issue and a seeming lack of evident or immediate ROI are some of the top barriers for mass implementation as identified in IDC research conducted in North America at the start of 2017, the interest around cognitive/AI ...
This IDC study presents a framework that defines the maturity of a healthcare payer's BPO relationships in multiple dimensions (strategy, offerings, people, process, technology). Legal provisions such as guaranteed issue, in combination ...
This IDC study provides IDC's top 10 predictions for digital transformation for 2017.
According to Shawn Fitzgerald, research director, Worldwide Digital Transformation Strategies, "This year's DX predictions represent the latest thinking ...
This study presents the IDC Worldwide Robotics team's analysis of key drivers relating to robotics, and how these drivers are likely to shape the development of robotics in the planning horizon of 2017 through 2020. IDC believes that such ...
This IDC study discusses the worldwide datacenter top 10 predictions for 2018.
"IT organizations will constantly be rebalancing three workload priorities: low latency, rapid resource delivery, and control," noted Richard Villars, vice ...
This IDC study provides the top 10 predictions for the 3D printing market for 2018 with analysis that covers a four-year time period. The predictions are designed to provide organizational decision makers with a call-to-action plan with ...
This IDC study outlines the worldwide security products and services top 10 predictions for 2018.
"The promise of analytics-driven security has begun to arrive as product and service vendors begin to reach competency in analytic platform ...