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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This IDC Market Note covers the Money20/20 Europe conference held in Amsterdam in early June. It offered attendees a valuable three days of content, discussion, networking, and professional development. The main topics included fintech, ...
This IDC Government Insights Pivot Table presents our best estimates and forecasts for the U.S. federal government IT opportunity. The data aligns to the 1H17 release of the Worldwide Semiannual IT Spending Guide: Industry and Company Size....
This IDC Government Insights Pivot Table presents our best estimates and forecasts for the U.S. state and local government IT opportunity for 2016–2021. The data aligns to the 1H17 release of the Worldwide Semiannual IT Spending Guide: Industry ...
This Tech Buyer Presentation presents key findings from IDC's 2018 Asia/Pacific Energy Decision-Maker Survey. The report looks at what utilities companies in India need to focus on to create greater operational ...
Think Big, Start Small, and Scale Fast: Highlights from the 2018 IDC Pan–European Utilities Executive Summit
This IDC Perspective summarizes some of the topics discussed at the sixth edition of IDC Pan-European Utilities Executive Summit, hosted by IDC Energy Insights in Genval, Belgium, on March 19 and 20, 2018. The main theme of the summit was ...
This IDC PeerScape provides examples that illustrate how leading-edge leaders are taking advantage of big data technologies to digitally transform their business. "Big data and analytics has attracted tremendous interest from the business ...
Retooling Consulting Capabilities — Key Findings from 2017 Provider Survey of Healthcare IT Consultants/Systems Integrators
This IDC Perspective describes the status and drivers of change in the investments that IT consultants are making in their capabilities to serve providers.
"The shift toward value-based and consumer-driven care is leading to new challenges ...
Automated Power Generation Dispatch Software Opportunities in the U.S. Wholesale Power Markets
This IDC Perspective breaks down the fundamentals of competitive wholesale power markets and examines the opportunities for automated generation dispatch software.
"Automated generation dispatch software or automated generation control ...
This IDC Perspective provides the leading digital transformation use cases that impact product innovation across asset-, brand-, engineering-, and technology-oriented industries.
"Organizations that take a use case approach to determining ...
This IDC Perspective presents key takeaways from the 2018 Annual International Association of the Chiefs of Police (IACP) Technology Conference.
"Law enforcement agencies are having to strike a fine balance between trust and effectiveness: ...
Australia's Five-Year, US$740 million (A$1 billion) Whole-of-Government (WOG) Contract Awarded to IBM
Led by the Australian Digital Transformation Agency, this is the highest value WOG contract to create a more integrated and cost-efficient government.
From Using Data Better to Data Monetization: How Asia/Pacific Banks Are Generating New Value from Data
This IDC Financial Insights report discusses how Open Banking is giving rise to many opportunities in realizing more value from data — from realizing value internally to generating value externally. In this report, we look at several models ...
This IDC Survey Spotlight looks at current and planned cloud-based projects for revenue management in biotechnology and pharmaceutical manufacturers, including current and planned use of private and public clouds, industry-specific SaaS ...
This IDC study is designed as a companion piece for IDC's Worldwide Semiannual Smart Cities Spending Guide and provides a detailed description of the taxonomy, definitions, and methodology supporting IDC's Smart Cities research globally. ...
To What Extent has the European Oil & Gas Sector Embraced Technologies Enabling Digital Transformation?
This IDC Energy Insights presentation analyzes a portion of the 2017 IDC Energy Insights Annual Survey for the European oil & gas industry. The survey was carried out between July and October 2017 and targeted managers ...
IDC PeerScape: Worldwide Mining — Practices for Optimisation of Operational Processes Through Digital Technologies
This IDC PeerScape explores five key practices that mining organisations globally should consider when preparing to undertake optimisation and transformation of their operational environment. The five best practices for mining companies ...
IDC's Worldwide Digital Transformation Use Case Taxonomy, 2018: Asset-Oriented Value Chains in the Manufacturing Industry
This IDC study discusses how asset-oriented value chains (chemicals, metals, and pulp/paper) are on a mission to digitally transform to develop a model for collaborative innovation.
IDC's Group Vice President Bob Parker said, "Companies ...
This IDC Perspective briefly analyzes Dassault Systèmes' recent industry analysts meeting, which took place at its headquarters in Vélizy-Villacoublay, near Paris. This two-day event provided updates on recent developments and in-depth information ...
IDC Appoints Banking Digital Transformation Expert Martin Stiller to Lead its European Banking Research
U.S. Supreme Court Ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair Creates Massive Sales Tax Implications on Digital Commerce and Retail
On June 21, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a 5-4 decision on South Dakota v. Wayfair, ruling that states can require retailers to collect sales tax on online purchases, even if the selling company doesn't have ...
Beyond Its CX Technology and Shopping Options, Amazon's Hold on Consumers' Emotions, Not Just Wallets, Matters Most
This IDC Perspective examines a survey of 2,062 shoppers regarding their recent holiday shopping experience to develop recommendations for retailers preparing customer experience (CX) strategies for the 2018 holiday shopping season. As revealed ...
This IDC Market Note offers reflections and key insights on what we learned from HIMSS Europe Conference and Exhibition 2018 at the end of May 2018 in Sitges, Barcelona.
"Centered around innovation, the event set key themes that foster ...
This IDC study is the second of a three-part life science R&D IDC MarketScape series focused on IT outsourcing. With a specific focus on life science R&D ITO, this document seeks to compare major IT service providers with each other, ...
IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Point-of-Sale Software in Small and Midsize Retail Apparel and Softlines 2018 Vendor Assessment
This IDC study evaluates point-of-sale (POS) software vendors offering their solutions to small and midsize retail apparel and softlines retailers. The research examines how point-of-sale vendors are developing their solutions to respond ...
This IDC Survey provides insights into the IT budget usage of healthcare organizations in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), covering budget dynamics, allocation and spending patterns, and key investment priorities in the light of general ...
This IDC Market Note summarizes our analysis of the Oracle Retail track of Oracle's 2018 Industry Connect event in New York City. Oracle's fifth such event, in New York City, brought together, in the retail track, 242 retailers and 30 retail ...
This IDC Presentation highlights key trends for organizations along the journey to become a decentralized, distributed, and digital (3D) utility. It identifies key opportunities and challenges for utilities and organizes them across four ...
This IDC study looks at a business case for blockchain technology: cross-border remittances between consumers. Blockchain represents a disruptive approach to multiple industries, including payments and financial services. To justify the ...
IDC Appoints Manufacturing Industry Expert Nilmadhab Mandal to Lead IDC's Research on Manufacturing Business Ecosystems
This IDC Perspective discusses the final transitional phase of the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) cybersecurity rule, 23 NYCRR 500. The final phase, Third Party Service Provider Policy, establishes ...
The Pulse of IT in the Western Europe Healthcare Provider Sector: Key Deals and Initiatives, January–March 2018
"European healthcare providers are working to fundamentally redesign the way healthcare is delivered. They are adopting integrated and personalized care models where free-for-service payment is gradually replaced by value-based reimbursement. ...
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