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 provides an updated forecast of digital strategy and agency services through an analysis of the worldwide and U.S. business consulting, IT consulting, custom application development, risk and security, digital agency, and ...
Cloud Foundry Embraces Kubernetes, Expanded Multicloud Support, and Node.js as It Continues to Invest in Cloud-Native Application Development
The Cloud Foundry (CF) Foundation used its flagship event to showcase the growth of the CF developer base and in enterprise deployments. Leading firms from industries such as aerospace, retail, automotive, FIS, and healthcare now carry the ...
Worldwide Development Languages, Environments, and Tools Market Shares, 2016: Return to Growth Mode
This IDC study provides worldwide market share data for the development languages, environments, and tools market for the calendar year 2016.
"We are seeing a resurgence in spending on development tools, driven in part by an aggressive ...
The IDC study is designed for technology professionals in the IT buyer organization. The audience includes CIOs, IT directors, IT managers, IT architects, and IT buyers from within business lines and functions. It offers guidance on why ...
Demise of Industries: The Necessity and Means of Transforming the Financial Services Institution Business Model
The accessibility of financial services has taken on a new meaning as IT continues to eliminate long-standing boundaries in business creation. Today, not only can every consumer potentially enjoy some measure of "adequate" financial ...
This IDC Market Analysis Perspective (MAP) provides detailed insight into the ongoing transformation of communications service providers (CSPs) or telcos in EMEA. It evaluates the current situation and presents trends among telco ...
This IDC Survey Spotlight focuses on the use of social media among SMBs in Western Europe in 2017. It reviews current and projected adoption across SMB company size bands and vertical markets, and outlines the key needs and trends underlying ...
Red Hat's decision to acquire Codenvy, one of its partners whose product leverages open source Eclipse Che, gives the company an additional tool with which to engage developers and to augment its cloud platform portfolio. In the past, Red ...
This IDC Market Note analyzes F8's announcements and executives' messaging in context, with guidance for a broad range of market participants that will be influenced by Facebook's actions and motivations. Facebook is poised to drive the ...
This IDC study is a reference guide for budget management and cost control. It can serve as the foundation for sales, marketing, and finance executives to better demonstrate fiscal management capabilities to C-level executives and to improve ...
IDC Survey Spotlight: How is the Current Adoption of Social Media Tools for Business Purposes by Western European Companies and What are Their Future Plans?
This IDC Survey Spotlight presents the results of the 2016 IDC European Vertical Markets Survey, which involved 1,872 companies with more than 10 employees in over 80% of the European economy (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Nordics, ...
This IDC Survey Spotlight provides results from an essential question in IDC's 2017 European Enterprise Communications Survey: " Which are the top 3 technology areas where your organization will make investments over the next two ...
This IDC Buyer Case Study examines how Salesforce has used its Dreamforce event as a foundational pillar of the company's marketing strategy and also highlights how the Dreamforce team executes on each of the four key characteristics of ...
This IDC Market Note provides an overview of the JiveWorld17 conference held at the Aria Resorts in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 1–3, 2017.
"The significant platform changes will reinforce Jive as a major force in the collaboration industry," ...
Red Hat uses its annual user conference to set the tone for major initiatives, and the 2017 Summit was no exception. Three key areas of investment for 2017–2018 are Red Hat Enterprise Linux, hybrid cloud/multicloud, and containers. Red Hat ...
This IDC study presents IDC's worldwide and U.S. systems integration services market by major regions. A historical sizing and forecast are provided, beginning in 2014 and extending through 2021. The total worldwide market is assessed. A ...
The Linux Foundation launched a new initiative targeted at jump-starting IoT development. The project, called EdgeX Foundry, draws heavily from Dell contributions and uses Apache licensing and will be nurtured as a potential emerging industry ...
This IDC Perspective helps financial institutions and their suppliers understand how digitization is changing the role of branches. It also identifies how clients use and value bank services. This document provides consumers' eye view of:
- How ...
On April 27, 2017, Intel announced earnings for FY 1Q17. Intel drove revenue of $14.8 billion (up 8% YoY) and operating income of $3.6 billion (up 40%). After a record-setting 2016, the company returned a strong opening salvo to 2017 by ...
The popularity of containers in the cloud computing space was demonstrated at DockerCon, with about 5,500 attendees in April 2017 at Austin — a big leap from the first DockerCon with 500 attendees held in 2014. This year, Docker focused ...
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 ...