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 Survey looks at the technology investment priorities that utilities across Asia/Pacific have. In most countries in Asia characterised by government ownership, regulation, and integrated operators across the value chain, the level ...
This IDC Market Perspective examines how cloud service providers globally are responding to the rapid increase in demand for cloud services and are changing their business models and practices as a result. It further details the reasons ...
This IDC Tech Buyer Presentation identifies the digital transformation (DX) use cases associated with life science R&D strategies and provides guidance on how to prioritize them to develop a DX road map.
This IDC Market Analysis Perspective provides a general overview of buyer needs and provider requirements for competing in the global sourcing services markets of offshore IT and BPO services. More specifically, this presentation provides ...
This IDC Survey Spotlight looks at how European banks are procuring cloud applications in 2019. It illustrates the increasing popularity of cloud marketplaces that are provided by IT vendors and partners, and highlights the most important ...
This IDC Market Note provides a brief overview of current public sector initiatives that key stakeholders in Europe are undertaking to address the emerging skills gap. The purpose of this paper is to provide the reader with the understanding ...
This IDC Market Perspective examines and provides an overview of the OpenText Enterprise World conference, held in Toronto in July 2019, where OpenText announced several key product introductions and partnerships, including a major partnership ...
This IDC Perspective recommends that senior technology procurement executives adopt the principles of Agile procurement to speed the procurement process, respond to customer requirements, and provide flexibility in a rapidly changing technology ...
This IDC Perspective examines the soft skills required for digital transformation (DX) in public sector organizations. The successful implementation of digital transformation projects hinges on more than just the underlying technologies. ...
This IDC Perspective discusses customer perceptions and usage modes for unified storage. With the advent of new high-performance storage products based on NVMe such as persistent memory and storage-class memory and evolving storage functionality ...
This IDC Market Perspective provides IDC Health Insights' review of key Q2 2019 IT deals, news, and digital initiatives in the European life sciences industry. In the evolving industry environment in Europe, it is critically important for ...
This IDC Tech Buyer Presentation identifies the digital transformation (DX) use cases associated with connected banking strategies and provides guidance on how to prioritize them to develop a DX road map.
IDC Innovators are emerging vendors with revenue <$100 million that have demonstrated either a groundbreaking business model or an innovative new technology — or both. This IDC Innovators study profiles five notable vendors that are providing ...
"Indian industrial organisations across oil and gas manufacturing and utilities are just in the early phases of looking to what an Industry 4.0–related operational transformation strategy can do to deliver efficiency, productivity, and improved ...
This IDC Survey analyzes key trends in SD-WAN adoption in Europe based on the results of IDC's 2019 European Enterprise Communications Survey. The survey contains data from nine countries, six verticals, and six business size segments. ...
This IDC study analyzes and sizes the Western European CRM applications market for 2016–2018 and includes a forecast for 2019–2023. IDC segments the CRM applications market by functional segment (6 functional segments), deployment model ...
This IDC Market Forecast discusses the European intelligent application services market, IDC's first for this market.
"There are significant opportunities in the emerging IAS market over the forecast period. With urgency for cloud-native ...
This IDC Market Perspective highlights how the revenue base of services firms is increasingly shifting to one driven by digital services, the strategies being deployed to make this shift, and critical challenges that services firms in the ...
This IDC study provides a forecast for the worldwide talent acquisition technology and services market for 2019–2023.
"2019 has been a strategically transitional year for talent acquisition, shifting from new large spend purchases ...
This IDC Market Analysis Perspective provides insight into the current state and future outlook of the worldwide data integration and integrity software market. Analysis of current market shares, growth, and trends is viewed in the context ...
This IDC Perspective examines the approaches taken to securing workloads in the cloud. Looking to gain insight into how security professionals were approaching security in platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) ...
This IDC Perspective discusses approaches to containerization of applications. Containers are appealing to enterprises for benefits such as faster software development, modernized application architecture to meet DevOps and agile objectives, ...