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 Market Note summarizes our analysis of the Oracle Retail track of Oracle's 2018 Industry Connect event in New York City. Oracle's fifth such event, in New York City, brought together, in the retail track, 242 retailers and 30 retail ...
This IDC Presentation highlights key trends for organizations along the journey to become a decentralized, distributed, and digital (3D) utility. It identifies key opportunities and challenges for utilities and organizes them across four ...
Worldwide Order Management Applications Software Market Shares, 2017: Year of Fulfillment as a Differentiator
This IDC study discusses the worldwide market for order management applications software. This market grew at a strong pace (5.3% in 2017 over 2016) to reach $3.1 billion. Growth in the order management market was driven by the need for ...
This IDC Survey discusses the strong commercial interest in augmented reality (AR) technology. IDC surveyed U.S. IT decision makers about their current and future plans around augmented reality and found that a large percentage of businesses ...
This IDC Market Note describes and assesses an important subtheme that has emerged in esports in the past few years: Betting and wagering on the outcome of esports events and tournaments.
"Although it's difficult to define esports ...
Right to Internet Access by the New Government to Positively Drive Digital Economy and Country GDP, says IDC
Samsung Knox at Five Years: Elevating Android's Enterprise Stature and Future Deployment Opportunities
This IDC Market Perspective looks at the current state, and future, of Samsung's Knox mobile security software platform for enterprise devices, five years after the introduction of the technology in 2013.
"Going on five years, Samsung's ...
Spending on Telecom Services and Pay TV in Central and Eastern Europe Continues to Grow Slowly, According to IDC
The assessment and collection of taxes is one of the oldest aspects of business. It has remained unchanged for centuries until recent technology changes began to reshape and realign the corporate tax management function. Today, the pace ...
U.S. Consumer Fixed Broadband Market Shares, 2017: Cable Operators Continue to Gain Subscriber Share
This IDC study provides market shares for the U.S. consumer fixed broadband services market for full year 2017.
"The consumer fixed broadband market continues to thrive, with nearly 93 million consumers subscribing to a home fixed ...
OPPO is moving into new territory with the Find X, breaking away from its usual midrange products for developing markets and instead going premium in mature markets. The product is impressive, but the prices are high for a brand that is ...
How Mature Are B2C Organizations Versus B2B Organizations When It Comes to Running Digital Commerce Apps in the Public Cloud?
This IDC Survey Spotlight examines results from IDC's 2018 CloudView Survey. Survey respondents were asked to indicate their organizations' plans to move their digital commerce applications to the public cloud. The document ...
This IDC study discusses digital transformation (DX) in the customer experience that companies provide and its influence on prioritizing use cases for investment as well as the strategic priorities and programs that are driving technology ...
Sprint and NXM Labs Launch a Secure Internet of Things Connectivity System for Cars Based on Blockchain Technology
This IDC Market Note discusses the announcement that Sprint and NXM have joined forces to launch a connectivity system based on blockchain technology for providing secure connected car capabilities to new and pre-owned vehicles in the United ...
U.S. Enterprise Wireline Telecommunications Services Market Shares, 2017: Cable MSOs Gain Share
This IDC study presents a 2017 market share analysis of the top wireline telecom service providers impacting the U.S. enterprise market.
The $77.6 billion enterprise wireline telecom market is dominated by several major communications ...
The leading mobile game engine provider, Unity, and Alphabet's Google Cloud Platform division have a partnered to deliver a globally scalable suite of secure multiplayer gaming services. While key questions remain unanswered, the arrangement ...
ConsumerScape 360: Connected Consumer Relative Interest in Next-Gen Things and Jobs to Be Done
This IDC Survey Spotlight discusses the results of IDC's 2018 Emerging Technology and Video Survey. This survey asks consumers (United States in this case) to register their interest in a range of emerging connected ...
This IDC study presents a forecast of virtual pay TV subscribers in the United States through 2022 and an analysis of key developments and market drivers and inhibitors.
"IDC estimates that subscribers to virtual pay TV services in ...