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.
IDC Survey Spotlight: Which Digital Transformation Initiatives Are Drawing Investment in Life Sciences?
This IDC Survey Spotlight looks at the most prevalent projects in digital transformation (DX) for life science companies, along with the associated levels of integration of these initiatives. This Survey Spotlight is based on data from IDC's ...
Container Infrastructure Market Assessment: Bridging Legacy and Cloud-Native Architectures — User Survey Summary
This IDC study is the first in a two-part special study titled Container Infrastructure Market Assessment: Bridging Legacy and Cloud-Native Architectures. This document includes IDC's analysis on container infrastructure ...
Container Infrastructure Market Assessment: Bridging Legacy and Cloud-Native Architectures — x86 Software Containers Forecast, 2017–2021
This IDC study provides a container forecast that represents the installed base of container hosts and container instances in IT environments for the 2016–2021 period.
"Containers allow for quick, mass deployment of isolated, modular ...
This IDC Presentation explores the views of Canadian CEOs and other executives on digital transformation, budgets, and various emerging technologies. This Presentation includes IDC Canada's survey panel data on budget perceptions, business ...
This IDC Health Insights study evaluates vendors catering to the worldwide Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) and Application Independent Clinical Archive (AICA) market by leveraging the IDC MarketScape vendor assessment tool. It analyzes quantitative ...
On March 20, 2018, Oracle announced its fiscal 3Q18 earnings. Here are the top financial highlights for Oracle's third quarter (all revenue is presented in constant currency terms):
- Oracle's cloud portfolio (SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS ...
This IDC Perspective examines the ability of new technologies to support broader consolidation of both primary and secondary storage workloads onto the same platform for improved efficiencies. Maturing technologies are changing the conventional ...
This IDC study examines the emerging class of relational database management systems (RDBMSs) that it calls dynamic SQL. This technology delivers full relational database support while also supporting elastic scalability, dynamic schema ...
On March 5, 2018, Cerner and Salesforce announced a new collaboration. Cerner, a global electronic healthcare record (EHR) provider, and Salesforce, a global leader in customer relationship management (CRM), joined forces to expand their ...
TIBCO's Higher Education Co-Op Initiatives to Address Big Data and Analytics Talent Crunch in Southeast Asia
As the big data and analytics (BDA) space becomes more mature, many companies hope to capitalize on the new technologies in this area, but they are constantly held back by a lack of skills and talents. With the establishment of collaboration ...
U.S. Government Cognitive and Artificial Intelligence Forecast, 2018–2021: Federal and State and Local Should See Moderate Growth
This IDC study provides a perspective on spending on cognitive and AI solutions across all levels of the U.S. government through 2021.
"Based on surprisingly robust CAGR of 54.3% through 2021, government cognitive and AI solutions ...
IDC Financial Insights' 2018 Western European Banking Trends: Results from the European Vertical Markets Survey, 2017
This IDC Survey analyzes the 2017 IDC European Vertical Markets Survey for the European banking sector. The survey was carried out between July and October 2017 and targeted managers with IT responsibilities. The survey ...
This IDC Presentation was given at the IDC Directions 2018 event held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on January 31, 2018. The event attendees included some of Saudi Arabia's most influential senior executives, decision ...
This IDC study provides a detailed description of IDC's Worldwide Semiannual Big Data and Analytics Spending Guide methodology and taxonomy. It should be used as a companion piece for IDC's Worldwide Semiannual Big Data and Analytics Spending ...
This IDC Presentation outlines the key priorities for Canadian HR executives and explores how technology is used by HR departments. This Presentation includes findings on business and technology priorities for HR executives, an analysis ...
This IDC Presentation provides a summary of the survey results on adoption of object-based storage (OBS) solutions. In September 2017, IDC completed a survey of storage managers and influencers exploring end-user plans on adoption of a broad ...
This IDC Survey Spotlight provides analysis of the results of IDC's survey of 300 data integration and integrity software end users fielded in November 2017.
"This IDC Survey Spotlight highlights that data analysts spend a bulk of ...
This IDC Survey of 81 consumer banks in the United States identifies differences in how large and midsize companies have invested and plan to invest in 15 categories of marketing technology (MarTech). It describes the budgets, priorities, ...
This IDC Survey examines the current and planned adoption of a selection of AI technologies referred to in IDC TechScape: Cognitive Systems Technologies, 2016 (IDC #US41005816, ...
On March 7, 2018, CEO Amos Genish and CFO Piergiorgio Peluso presented TIM's 2017 financial results and outlined the new strategic plan for 2018–2020. TIM senior executives draw a positive balance of the financial year 2017 and of the previous ...
Dell Technologies FY 4Q18 Results: Solid Execution in the Face of a Challenging Component Pricing Environment
On March 8, 2018, Dell Technologies held a debt investor conference call and disclosed its 4Q18 and FY18 financial results. Dell Technologies maintains two primary business units, Client Solutions Group (CSG) and Infrastructure Solutions ...
This IDC study provides a systematic assessment of technologies related to the adoption of service robotics. The IDC TechScape is an evaluation model based on a comprehensive framework and a set of parameters that assess a technology's adoption ...