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 Perspective examines the Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications (RPEC), which aims to update the EU's current ePrivacy Directive. It is similar in objective and impact to the General Data Protection Regulation ...
Innovating Customer-Experience-Based Business Models: Results from the IDC Retail Innovation Survey 2018
This IDC Presentation discusses results from IDC's 2018 Retail Innovation Survey. It helps organizations understand how the retail industry is evolving worldwide and its current state in terms of innovation. IDC investigated business ...
This IDC Perspective offers customer experience professionals six roles of specific sets of insights from the Oracle Modern Customer Experience 2018 event. The theme of the event was about modern customer experience, and IDC analysts presented ...
Wearable Device Shipments Slow in Q1 2018 as Consumers Shift from Basic Wearables to Smarter Devices, According to IDC
On May 21, 2018, Adobe announced it would acquire eCommerce software vendor Magento Commerce for $1.68 billion from the private equity firms Permira and Hillhouse Capital. The deal should be completed during 3Q18. IDC believes that the acquisition ...
This IDC Market Perspective analyzes the strong partnering dynamics emerging in the IoT space and outlines some of the key benefits and challenges, and how best to embrace this new IoT partnering trend and begin seeing results from it. The ...
Huawei Global Analyst Summit 2018: A Middle East and Africa Perspective on the Vendor's Telco and Enterprise Strategies
This IDC Market Note presents key takeaways from the 2018 Huawei Global Analyst Summit in Shenzhen, China. Huawei used the April 17–19 summit to outline its main global strategies across all business lines. This note reviews Huawei's initiatives ...
Transport services are undergoing a digital revolution with increased monitoring through remote and embedded sensors together with the replacement of paper-based systems with cyber-physical systems.
These intelligent transport systems ...
2018 U.S. Consumer Survey: Branch and ATM Trends and Strategies and Impact on Branch Transformation
This IDC Perspective discusses the U.S. Consumer Banking Channel Preference Survey conducted among 2,501 U.S. residents who are 18 or older and have an active checking account. As 2018 unfolds, there has been an acceleration ...
This IDC Vendor Profile focuses on Avalara, whose tax compliance suite aims to relieve the immense pressure on organizations selling to and from multiple locations within the United States and beyond. While Avalara supports the process of ...
ConsumerScape 360, 2018: Online Consumer Experience by Amazon Prime Subscribers Versus Nonsubscribers
This IDC Survey Spotlight looks at consumers' agreement with the following statements related to the online experience by Amazon Prime subscribers and nonsubscribers:
- Buying online is more convenient.
- I shop online to ...
Making Strides in Cybersecurity: The Experience of Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
This IDC Perspective focuses on Milton Keynes University Hospital (MKUH) NHS Foundation Trust in England, which embarked on a journey to detect and neutralize cybersecurity challenges and subsequently enhance its overall infrastructure. ...
On May 18, PayPal announced the acquisition of payment company iZettle for $2.2 billion in an all-cash transaction. The deal, which is expected to close in the third quarter of the year, was announced just days after iZettle said it was ...
This IDC Market Note examines AT&T's quarterly business results discussed in the company's 1Q18 earnings announcement on April 25, 2018. In this document, IDC analyzes AT&T's operating metrics and overall strategy in the context ...
This IDC Survey summarizes findings from annual online surveys of PC/mac and home video game console gamers in the United States from 2014 to 2017, as it relates to new gaming peripheral and accessory purchases.
In terms of PCs, buyer ...
This IDC study analyzes the U.S. wireless equipment revenue market outlook for mobile network operators from 2018 to 2022. This study discusses the key market trends impacting the outlook and examines the key market challenges and competitive ...
This IDC Market Note examines T-Mobile's quarterly wireless business results discussed in the company's 1Q18 earnings announcement on April 30, 2018. In this document, IDC analyzes T-Mobile's financial and operating metrics, and overall ...
Magento Commerce fills an important gap in Adobe's Experience Cloud portfolio vis-à-vis key competitors — especially Salesforce and Oracle. We expect Adobe will move quickly on integrations with its campaign management, content management, ...
This report showcases best practices in how DNEs and start-ups utilize platforms to access new ideas/solutions, deepen engagement, and enable co-creation, which can be leveraged by technology buyer enterprises to improve their own.
This IDC Perspective highlights the key takeaways from the Magento Imagine 2018 event, which was held April 23–25 at the Wynn hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The conference acts as the largest annual gathering of the Magento community of customers, ...
This IDC Market Note covers Mastercard's acquisition of mobile payments technology startup Oltio from Standard Bank Group.
"The acquisition enables Mastercard to expand its global footprint. The rising middle class in emerging markets ...
This IDC study provides data for the wireless connectivity market for 2017–2022, with analysis and commentary. The wireless connectivity market continues to expand as WiFi, Bluetooth, 802.15.4, and other technologies continue to make their ...
On May 10th, consumer financial services company Synchrony Financial announced it will acquire digital gifting platform Loop Commerce. While no official price tag was disclosed, several sources estimated the deal value at $250 million. The ...