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 Perspective examines the rationale and benefits of cloud-based unified communications and collaboration (UCC) and details of the offerings of Telus.
"Cloud-based unified communications and collaboration offerings have ...
This IDC Market Note presents key takeaways from F8 Facebook Developer Conference held April 18–19, 2017, in San Jose, California, in which Facebook Workplace was discussed.
IDC Research Director for Social and Experiential Solution, ...
This IDC study is IDC Canada's 16th annual examination of Canadian communications services sector market shares and a competitive overview of each market segment for the full year 2016. Unlike previous years in which we published the full ...
IDC European Vertical Markets Survey: Which Digital Technologies are European Insurers Investing in?
This IDC Presentation includes insurance industry data from the IDC European Vertical Markets Survey which concluded in November 2016. IDC's European Industry Solutions, Customer Insights, and Analysis Team conducted the survey to ...
Microsoft clearly turned the corner on being pragmatic regarding open source software and open communities when Satya Nadella took over the helm three years ago. That pragmatism has led to Microsoft behaving dramatically differently than ...
This IDC study discusses how blockchain/distributed ledger technologies could be applied to securely validate public sector transactions and identities and to reduce bureaucracy via smart contracts. City and other public sector leaders need ...
This IDC Presentation presents a brief discussion of the role of open source software in digital transformation. This presentation was delivered as part of a series of "lightning talks" at IBM InterConnect 2017 on March 19, 2017, in Las ...
Manufacturing Digital Transformation Strategies: Findings from the IDC European Vertical Markets Survey, 2016
This IDC Manufacturing Insights Presentation details Western European manufacturers' IT adoption strategies and investment plans for 2017. The data has been sourced from the annual IDC European Vertical Markets Survey, 2016, covering ...
Snap Inc. describes itself as a camera company. Snap's initial public stock offering has had a whiplash profile over its initial week of trading. Shares barreled out of the gate on March 2, rising by just over 20% to a $29.44 high on March ...
This IDC study is a translation of the Japanese document IDC #JPJ41771716, which reports on 3rd Platform spending results (2015) and forecasts (2016–2020) separately using a total ...
Does 3rd Platform Technology Pave the Way for Digital Transformation? Technology Adoption and Trends by Industry in Europe for 2017
Based on IDC's latest European Vertical Markets Survey, the journey to digital transformation is underway. The four pillars of the 3rd Platform — cloud, social, Big Data, and mobility — already form the basis for IT, but adoption ...
Microsoft today made collaboration easier with the announcement of the integration of Yammer with Office 365 Groups. This is the latest of several rounds of integrations to improve collaboration and productivity using Yammer with Office ...
These event proceedings were presented at the IDC Directions conferences in Santa Clara and Boston in February and March 2017.
These event proceedings were presented at the IDC Directions conferences in Santa Clara and Boston in February and March 2017.
The Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project streamlines and focuses two key CSP community projects to improve the speed of innovation by CSPs. This combination of efforts improves the potential for successful transformation of CSP ...
This IDC Manufacturing Insights report presents IT budget benchmark data and priorities for the wholesale distribution industry. The role of wholesale distribution is changing. IDC believes that wholesale distributors are essentially at ...
Perspective: CEMA IoT Market Highlights 2016: IoT Soon to Become Mainstream in GCC Healthcare
This IDC Health Insights Perspective discusses the current adoption trends and future prospects for Internet of Things (IoT) technologies within the healthcare systems of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states. The study is based on ...
This IDC Financial Insights Perspective analyzes the results of the online survey of U.K. consumers of retail banking services, customers of the high street banks, plus a smaller sample of building society customers and mid-tier players. ...
This IDC study is a follow-on to IDC MaturityScape and IDC MaturityScape Benchmark research documents that laid out the stages of WorkSource DX maturity and assessed where buyers are today along the maturity continuum. In this study, IDC ...
This IDC study analyzes the City of Leeds' approach to integrating health and social care data. Leeds is a front-runner in the integration of health and social care services. The City of Leeds provides lessons on how to align strategic vision, ...
This IDC Manufacturing Insights Perspective offers an "informal" view of the trends and predictions that we believe will characterize the consumer products industry over the next decade. At the end of every calendar year, IDC embarks on ...