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 aspects of building a business case for the cloud transition strategy.
"Building any business case is the combination of science and art. This study focuses on the science side. It's a framework detailing the ...
This IDC Manufacturing Insights Perspective provides a summary of the recent Atos 2016 Analyst & Advisor Global Conference held April 2016 in Boston. Atos is a global IT services company with headquarters in Bezons, France, and Munich, ...
Perspective: Driving Utilities' Digital Journey to the Next Level: Highlights from the 2016 IDC Pan–European Utilities Executive Summit
This IDC Energy Insights Perspective summarizes the key themes and discussion points from the fourth annual IDC Pan–European Utilities Executive Summit hosted by IDC Energy Insights on March 14 and 15, 2016, at Villa d'Este on Lake Como, ...
IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Application Modernization Services for Microsoft Dynamics Upgrades 2016 Vendor Assessment
This IDC study represents a vendor assessment of providers offering enterprise application modernization services for Microsoft Dynamics upgrades through the IDC MarketScape model. The assessment reviews both quantitative and qualitative ...
This IDC study represents a vendor assessment of the 2016 worldwide cloud professional services market through the IDC MarketScape model. This research is a quantitative and qualitative assessment of the characteristics that explain a vendor's ...
IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Customer Experience Management Solutions for Utilities 2016 Vendor Assessment
This IDC Energy Insights study evaluates providers of CXM software to utilities worldwide by leveraging the IDC MarketScape vendor assessment tool. It analyzes vendors' capabilities, strategies, and comparative success in the marketplace. ...
IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Customer Care and Billing Software in Competitive Unbundled Energy Markets 2016 Vendor Assessment
This IDC Energy Insights study evaluates providers of CC&B software to utilities operating in unbundled competitive markets by leveraging the IDC MarketScape vendor assessment tool. It analyzes the vendors' capabilities, strategies, ...
This IDC study describes the IDC MaturityScape for omni-experience digital transformation in retail. It identifies the stages, outcomes, and actions required to continually disrupt the experience and establish and sustain market-leading ...
This IDC study provides an assessment of the capabilities and business strategies of nine vendors in the worldwide cloud system software market for 2015–2016.
"As the industry moves to cloud, cloud system software is the foundation ...
This IDC study explores specific methods of measuring IT value with an emphasis on the question: How strong is IT's contribution to achieving its customer's business goals? A good understanding of this question goes a long way to answer ...
IDC TechScape: Worldwide Omni-Channel Customer Engagement and Communication Management Technologies, 2016
This IDC study provides a systematic assessment of technologies related to the development, deployment, analysis, and ongoing use of omni-channel communications for customer engagement. The IDC TechScape is an evaluation based on a comprehensive ...
This IDC Retail Insights Perspective provides a report on the state of cloud in retail, based on IDC's January 2016 CloudView Survey. This survey included 359 retailers from across the retail subsegment in banking, insurance, securities ...
Desire for Greater Productivity and Yield Drive Thai Agriculture Sector IT Spending Growth to Accelerate to 7.02%
This IDC study provides a systematic assessment of technologies related to worldwide enterprise server solutions. The IDC TechScape is an evaluation based on a comprehensive framework and a set of parameters that assess vendors relative ...
This IDC study presents a vendor competitive analysis of the enterprise mobility services market through the IDC MarketScape model. This assessment is based on a comprehensive and rigorous framework that assesses vendors relative to the ...
This IDC Manufacturing Insights Perspective highlights presentations at Oracle CloudWorld on Oracle's offerings, IDC's current data on manufacturers' progress in adopting cloud, and an example of how an Oracle partner is helping manufacturers ...
Business leaders are increasingly looking to IT to deliver a client computing experience that enables employees to quickly and easily access corporate data, applications, and communication resources across their devices of choice. Likewise, ...
This IDC Manufacturing Insights Perspective examines the recent acquisition of IQity by NetSuite, and its implications for manufacturers. Earlier in March, NetSuite announced that it had acquired IQity's cloud business.
Perspective: NRF 2016 — The BIG Show Gets Bigger and Better as Retailers Set Sights on Thriving in 2020 and Beyond
This IDC Retail Insights Perspective provides a summary of the retail trends and technology investments that were made apparent at the annual National Retail Federation (NRF) "BIG Show" in January 2016. As retailers have fully accepted a ...
Perspective: CEMA Manufacturing at the Dawn of Digital Transformation: A Follow-Up to IDC's Worldwide Manufacturing Sector 2016 IT Predictions
We have provided the CEMA perspective on the most relevant and impactful manufacturing predictions that the IDC Manufacturing Insights team outlined for worldwide manufacturing in 2016 and beyond. The following suggestions will help CEMA ...
Business Strategy: Digitization Trends in Engineering-Oriented Value Chains in Asia/Pacific (Excluding Japan)
Manufacturing as a sector in the APEJ region is undergoing transformation, not just at the individual organizational level but at a national level, thanks to government initiatives launched in countries such as China and India. The role ...
This IDC study provides guidance to CIOs and other strategic leaders who desire to leverage cloud computing opportunities to drive their DX agenda.
Enterprise organizations are actively developing strategies and plans to maximize the ...
Technology-oriented value chain (TOVC) manufacturers in the Asia/Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ) region face the relentless, concurrent challenges of lower-cost competition, decreasing margins, supply-chain complexity, and growing demand ...