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 Perspective defines the platform-driven business model that is increasingly in use in the IT industry today, and it provides six key criteria that are necessary for the establishment of a platform-based ecosystem that delivers high ...
This IDC study provides an assessment of the capabilities and business strategies of 11 vendors in the worldwide UC&C market for 2017.
"Organizations have a variety of deployment options to choose from today, but also the challenge ...
This IDC study into current implementations and approaches to quality management was developed by leveraging a combination of customer interviews and discussions, as well as case studies and feedback from quality management vendors on customer ...
This study is intended to help business and IT executives in insurance organizations (insurers and intermediary organizations) understand what cognitive systems are, why they are relevant, and how they can be used to improve customer experience, ...
This IDC study uses the IDC MarketScape model to provide an assessment of a number of providers participating in the worldwide business consulting services market. The IDC MarketScape is an evaluation based on a comprehensive framework and ...
This IDC study uses the IDC MarketScape model to provide an assessment of a number of providers participating in the worldwide organizational consulting services market. The IDC MarketScape is an evaluation based on a comprehensive framework ...
This IDC study provides insights into a variety of content analytics use cases related to information governance and content management. It discusses the value that an organization can realize by implementing information governance solutions ...
This IDC study is designed to help CIOs understand the new considerations that accompany customer-facing mobile app development and why they need to take a user-centric design and development approach to be successful. This study explains ...
This IDC study represents a vendor assessment of the current worldwide IoT platforms market through the IDC MarketScape model. This research is a quantitative and qualitative assessment of the characteristics that explain a vendor's success ...
This IDC study describes organizational characteristics at five levels of maturity, which represent an increasing contribution of CCM to significant organizational objectives. Key stakeholders of CCM initiatives include business leaders, ...
This IDC study provides a systematic assessment of technologies related to worldwide mobile app development platforms. The IDC TechScape is an evaluation based on a comprehensive framework and a set of parameters that assess vendors relative ...
This IDC PlanScape is designed to provide a path forward and help organizations build the business case to move beyond their legacy back-office ERP systems to an intelligent ERP (i-ERP) platform. It defines and provides an understanding ...
The adoption and use of OSS across organizations are becoming commonplace increasingly. The efficiencies of scale enabled by OSS, the leverage of components within organizations to speed time to market, the use of OSS standards to enable ...
This IDC study represents a vendor assessment of the IT service and incident management software space using the IDC MarketScape model. Disruptive trends in mobility and cloud computing are driving increasingly heterogeneous IT environments ...
IDC Energy Insights' Show and Tell is a webinar series in which we partner with utilities to showcase their innovative projects and transformations as well as discuss the challenges they face and how they are addressing them, which can lead ...
This IDC study details best practices for integrating EMM platforms with IAM technologies, such as identity servers, private key infrastructure, and digital certificate management, as well as identity stores in enterprise applications.
This IDC study features a framework for scoring and evaluating the effectiveness of vendor sourcing and management (VSM) operations using a set of expanding KPIs. Many VSM operations have become fine-tuned centers of excellence focused on ...
This IDC Perspective, written for government CIOs and program executives, identifies and corrects some of the most common misconceptions about Agile and discusses evolutionary needs for federal project management and oversight. By educating ...
This IDC Perspective helps CIOs and IT technical directors, and their reports, understand the intricacies of the deployment scenarios to transition the enterprise from the traditional on-premises email solution to Microsoft Exchange ...
This IDC study uses the IDC TechScape model to provide an assessment of both industry-specific and industry-agnostic technology adoptions supporting the PaaS market. It includes an evaluation model based on a comprehensive framework ...
This IDC Perspective examines the role of the head of analytics and argues for the need to establish such a role. It also presents IDC's most recent survey-driven and case-based research on the challenges and opportunities facing ...
This IDC study describes how retailers can digitally transform (DX) omni-channel commerce, one of five key retail DX strategies outlined in IDC's retail use case taxonomy (see IDC's Worldwide Digital Transformation Use Case ...
In the context of how API readiness will most likely be a years-long program of work, we write this second report in our series on open banking API to present a list of best practices that banks can follow. These best practices are gleaned ...
This IDC study provides an ongoing assessment of the growing trend supporting the outsourcing of life science drug safety services in the life sciences industry. This the second IDC MarketScape on the topic, and it describes how the major ...
This IDC study features interviews with several companies (all of which requested to remain anonymous) with backgrounds and expertise in manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and field service to get an understanding of how the installment of ...
This IDC Government Insights Pivot Table presents our best estimates and forecasts for the U.S. state and local government IT opportunity for 2015–2020.
This IDC Government Insights Pivot Table presents our best estimates and forecasts for the U.S. federal government IT opportunity.
This IDC study provides guidelines for the adoption of the GDPR for all organizations to help them define a compliant information management strategy, including the data governance mechanisms and the desired technology architecture that ...
This IDC study explores creative approaches taken by three CIOs in the retail, finance, and industrial sectors. Each of these IT leaders created new, revenue-producing digital products or services that changed the competitive game and expanded ...
This IDC Financial Insights study provides an IDC MarketScape assessment of North American mobile banking and payments software solutions in terms of how the major vendors compare with each other and the criteria most important for financial ...
This IDC Web Conference presents a discussion by analysts from IDC's Services research team on the key predictions that will impact the services and outsourcing markets over the next one to three years. Senior IT leaders and line-of-business ...
This IDC Buyer Case Study examines how an automaker, Honda, implemented a cognitive system using text analytics to help it respond faster to customer feedback. The solution included IBM's Watson Explorer Advanced Edition and has provided ...
This IDC Perspective discusses the industry cloud market within the financial services industry, identifies where industry cloud (IC) adoption is both leading and lagging, and provides insight into how industry collaborative clouds are expected ...
This IDC TechBrief discusses open source machine learning/deep learning (ML/DL) libraries.
"Machine learning/deep learning is at the heart of every successful cognitive/AI application," said David Schubmehl, research director, Cognitive/Artificial ...
This IDC Manufacturing Insights Presentation provides an overview of the latest Internet of Things (IoT) adoption trends among European manufacturers. The data has been sourced from IDC's 2016 Global IoT Decision ...
This IDC study discusses the aspects of robotic process automation (RPA) initiatives for the payer community.
"Robotic process automation is marketed as the hot cost-reduction strategy this year, setting the table for cognitive computing, ...
SDS cuts across the enterprise storage systems, enterprise server storage software, and cloud infrastructure and software markets, making it an appealing technology for service providers (SPs) that seek higher levels of infrastructure automation, ...
This IDC Perspective provides insight to CFOs, CIOs, CPOs, and VSM practitioners on shifting resources and efforts from tactical savings initiatives to the formation of strategic partnerships and enterprise agreements with vendors that drive ...
This IDC Government Insights Pivot Table presents our best estimates and forecasts for the U.S. education IT opportunity, which covers K–12, higher, and "other" education.
This Pivot Table provides IT spending forecasts for the following ...
This IDC Health Insights Presentation gives an overview of cognitive computing trends in European healthcare.
This deck, presented at the IHE-Europe Connectathon in Venice, Italy, analyzes the opportunities offered by cognitive computing ...
This IDC Financial Insights Pivot Table provides an updated forecast for worldwide financial services risk IT spending for the 2015-2020 period. Overall, worldwide IT risk spending is growing, with a 7.2% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) ...
This IDC Financial Insights Pivot Table provides an updated forecast for worldwide banking IT spending for the 2015–2020 period. Overall, worldwide IT spending is growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.5% over the 2015–2020 ...
This IDC Financial Insights Pivot Table provides an updated forecast for worldwide insurance IT spending for the 2015–2020 period. Overall, worldwide IT spending is growing, with a 3.9% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over the 2015–2020 ...
This IDC Financial Insights Pivot Table provides an updated forecast for worldwide capital markets and securities IT spending for the 2015–2020 period. Overall, worldwide IT spending is growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of ...
This IDC study discusses the aspects of predictive analytics for patient stratification.
"Healthcare organizations using predictive analytics for risk stratification can identify and prioritize patients for enrollment into care interventions. ...
This IDC Presentation provides some key insights on the current internet of things (IoT) adoption rates, the key motivations, challenges, allocated budgets, digital transformation initiatives, security needs, and a general view of the key ...
This IDC PlanScape presents the key challenges of modern healthcare organizations and the main goals of legacy management that can address these barriers. It also presents a view on the major stakeholders of a legacy management project and ...
The Malaysia manufacturing industry accounts for around 23% of the country's gross domestic product (GDP) or over US$296 billion in 2015. Manufacturing also contributes to 84% of the overall Malaysia exports. According to the Malaysia External ...
This IDC Financial Insights study provides an IDC MarketScape assessment of European mobile banking software solutions in terms of how the major vendors compare with each other, and the most important criteria for financial institutions ...
This IDC Retail Insights study evaluates worldwide IT vendors that provide a retail omni-channel commerce platform solution for the retail industry by using the IDC MarketScape vendor assessment tool. It analyzes quantitative and qualitative ...
In this IDC Presentation, IDC Energy Insights presents examples of innovation that key vendors are delivering to their mining customers. Examples of innovation being delivered to mining customers were provided by:
- Schneider ...