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.
Worldwide Software as a Service and Cloud Software Market Shares, 2017: A Year of Expanding Platforms
This IDC study examines the SaaS and cloud software market in 2017 and includes a list of the top 100 cloud software vendors by revenue.
"The leading 20 cloud software providers accounted for 49.1% of the cloud software market in 2017, ...
This IDC study serves as the taxonomy for IDC's worldwide carrier network infrastructure market.
"Carriers (communication service providers) globally are grappling with the triple challenges of commoditization, competition, and complexity, ...
This IDC Market Perspective discusses technology investment trends in healthcare in Turkey. Efforts to improve efficiency, comply with regulations, reduce costs, and provide better healthcare solutions to patients are driving the increasing ...
This IDC Survey provides an overview of the results from a U.S. survey of enterprises involving their expectations in the role of platforms (e.g. cloud, IoT, cognitive/AI, mobile, analytics, social) for managed services. This Survey involved ...
This IDC Survey Spotlight highlights results from the following question posed to 400 respondents from U.S. enterprises with 1,000+ employees in IDC's 2018 U.S. Outsourcing-Managed Services Survey: "Do you believe that providers of ...
This IDC Presentation provides a detailed analysis of the market and competitive landscape in IT services in Hong Kong from July to December 2017 (2H17). It covers the market size movements and growth trends in each of the macromarkets (i.e., ...
This IDC study forecasts revenue for 20 major categories of public IT cloud services at the Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) level and across 14 countries. At the heart of this forecast is our view of the cloud as the essential foundation ...
This IDC Market Perspective highlights adoption trends and buyer preferences of platforms for logistics BPO services and how the role and emergence of logistics platforms provide a partnership opportunity for logistics BPO providers to enable ...
This IDC Survey Spotlight discusses results from the CloudView 2018 Survey, which polled 5,740 organizations across 48 industries (such as financial services, government, healthcare, life sciences, manufacturing, oil and gas, ...
This IDC Survey Spotlight highlights results from the following two questions posed to 400 respondents from U.S. enterprises with 1,000+ employees in IDC's 2018 U.S. Outsourcing-Managed Services Survey: "Which two of the following ...
This IDC Market Perspective reviews the recent push by several prominent game publishers and platform operators to beef up their game subscription offerings, including potential cloud-streamed gaming service launches in the next few years. ...
Partners Play an Essential Role in SMBs' Journey to the Cloud, But Marketplaces are Emerging as Key Routes to Market
This IDC Survey Spotlight examines the role of partners and marketplaces in the cloud journeys of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). SMBs rely heavily on their trusted IT partners when it comes to cloud, taking advantage of the support ...
This IDC study provides a sizing of the worldwide digital asset management software market in 2017 and a five-year forecast through 2022 by geographical region. It includes commentary on market growth and the emerging trends and provides ...
This IDC study examines the worldwide market for digital commerce applications and provides a forecast of the market through 2022. This market is forecast to grow at a swift pace, with much higher demand from customers in cloud applications ...
This IDC study examines the worldwide market for digital commerce applications. This market continues to grow at a swift pace, with much higher demand from customers in cloud applications than on-premises applications.
"Digital commerce ...
This IDC Market Notes assesses the broad implications of certain ICT-related developments that occurred in the MENA region in July 2018.
"Innovation is critical to the success of public sectors across the MENA region. This is reflected ...
Worldwide Collaborative Applications Market Shares, 2017: The Collaboration Imperative Arrives
This IDC study examines the vendor revenue performance in the overall collaborative applications market for 2017.
"The collaboration imperative is a fundamental change in how we work. 'We > me.' Connected employees, partners, and ...
Cisco is buying Duo Security for $2.35 billion in cash and assumed equity awards. IDC sees the Duo Security acquisition as part of a perceived Cisco strategy to address security needs in a diminishing network perimeter and an increasingly ...
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 ...
VMware, in an internal product portfolio realignment within the Dell EMC family, has added a competitive service assurance business suite to its communications service provider (SP)–focused vCloud NFV portfolio. Considering the impending ...
Worldwide Corporate Tax Management Applications Market Shares, 2017: Cloud Adoption Reshaping Competitive Landscape
This IDC study examines the worldwide market for corporate tax applications.
"The corporate tax management applications market has gained a heightened profile lately as organizations look for ways to increase their operational efficiency ...