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 forms the consolidated taxonomy for several markets, including software-defined storage controller software, software-defined storage, file- and object-based storage, and server-based storage. This study specifically covers ...
This IDC study provides an overview of key enterprise-focused computing hardware and software technology and server market definitions.
"Computing platforms continue their fundamental transformation in line with the digital transformation ...
Data Integration and Integrity End-User Survey Results: Alternatives, Deployment, and Data Intelligence
This IDC Survey provides a summary of analysis performed on the results from a survey fielded in November 2017 to 300 data integration and integrity software end users.
"Survey results indicate that the percentage of on-premises software ...
This document gives an overview of IDC's concept of InTECH and its relevance for next-generation automation and collaboration in manufacturing business ecosystems. It provides a definition of InTECH, describes the technological components ...
Oracle held three consecutive events February 12–15 in New York City: Oracle CloudWorld, Oracle Modern Finance Experience, and Oracle ERP Cloud Analyst Summit. The combined events attracted over 2,000 attendees including customers, partners, ...
This IDC Presentation outlines the top 5 trends for Big Data and analytics for 2018 and beyond. It examines the importance of Big Data and analytics to digital transformation efforts before exploring how cloud, AI, IoT, GDPR, and data as ...
HPE Announces General Availability of HPE OneSphere, Providing Integrated Hybrid Cloud Management
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) customers are quickly adopting hybrid cloud strategies; as their hybrid cloud usage increases for production-level applications, hybrid cloud management becomes a requirement to reduce business risks and ...
These event proceedings were presented at the IDC Directions conferences in Santa Clara and Boston in February and March 2018.
Cognitive is poised to transform next-generation datacenters, improving productivity, managing risks, and ...
Welcome to the 3rd Platform's Second Chapter: The Digitized Economy, Digital-Native Enterprises, and the New IT World Order
These event proceedings were presented at the IDC Directions conferences in Santa Clara and Boston in February and March 2018.
Within the next three years, over half of the global economy will be digitized. This onrushing digital transformation ...
This IDC Perspective discusses the evolution of Big Data environments and requirements and provides the top 5 benefits of decoupling compute and storage for Big Data deployments.
"Decoupling compute and storage is proving to be useful ...
This IDC Perspective reviews Oracle's recent Autonomous Database announcement and examines how one customer is planning to make use of the automation capabilities provided in its day-to-day business processes.
"AI and machine learning ...
This IDC Presentation discusses the use of blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) in various industry verticals. It includes vertical-specific proof of concept and "in production" use cases in Canada and around the world.
As organizations mature in their understanding and familiarity on how to extract value from enterprise data through analytics, they have started the process of using those data as input for cognitive/AI models. "For what organizations hope ...
This IDC Perspective highlights five practices to consider in the selection and adoption of business analytics services.
"The rise of big data has challenged us to think about how we extract and compile data from multiple sources, ...
This IDC Market Analysis Perspective provides an overview of the cognitive/artificial intelligence (AI) systems service market in Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan), including the market definition, the vendor landscape, use cases, buyer perspectives, ...
This IDC Presentation provides a high-level glance at key transformation trends in the EMEA enterprise networks and services market in 2018 and beyond. It analyzes trends related to digital transformation and summarizes key takeaways for ...
On January 30, 2018, SAP announced fiscal 4Q17 and full year 2017 earnings. Here are the highlights for SAP's 4Q17 and overall 2017 performance:
This IDC Market Perspective delves into shifts in storage pricing models.
According to Laura DuBois, GVP, Cloud IaaS, Computing, Storage and Infrastructure Software at IDC, "Storage OEMs with long-standing businesses in selling hardware ...
This IDC study presents a five-year forecast for the worldwide virtual client computing software market as defined in IDC's Worldwide Software Taxonomy, 2017 (IDC #US42961816, ...
IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Professional Services Firms for Mining Operational Process Optimization 2018 Vendor Assessment
This IDC MarketScape assesses the capabilities and strategies of technology vendors that work with their mining customers globally to optimize operational processes across extraction, mining, supply chain, and retail, by bringing together ...
Western Europe Government IT Executive Survey: Mastering Information, Progress Toward Digital Transformation
This IDC Survey contains an extract of the results from the IDC European Vertical Markets Survey, focusing on Western European government expectations and external IT budget dynamics in 2018. The study focuses on technologies enabling ...