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's Worldwide Digital Transformation Use Case Taxonomy, 2018: Asset-Oriented Value Chains in the Manufacturing Industry
This IDC study discusses how asset-oriented value chains (chemicals, metals, and pulp/paper) are on a mission to digitally transform to develop a model for collaborative innovation.
IDC's Group Vice President Bob Parker said, "Companies ...
This IDC Perspective is one of a series of documents that looks at the impact of innovation accelerator technologies like AI on the customer experience.
"Artificial Intelligence is a key technology in improving the engagement with ...
This IDC Vendor Profile analyzes Akamai, a company competing in the cloud content delivery segment of cloud and security services. It reviews key potential success factors for Akamai's cloud services for delivering, optimizing, and securing ...
The big news of MongoDB World was the addition of full ACID (atomicity, consistency, isolation, durability) transaction support in MongoDB 4. This, added to MongoDB's previously announced multiple document transaction support, and Stitch, ...
This IDC Presentation highlights the benefits of a connected healthcare ecosystem and how providers can contribute to building it. It was delivered during the keynote speech at the IDC Health Insights dinner hosted by the U.S. Commercial ...
On June 19, 2018, Oracle announced fiscal 4Q18 earnings. Here are the top financial highlights for Oracle's fiscal 4Q18 and FY18, all revenue is presented in constant currency terms:
- Oracle's cloud portfolio (SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS ...
This IDC study presents our forecast of worldwide revenue from AI servers.
"Servers for AI workloads are a very fast-growing segment in the server market," said Peter Rutten, research manager at IDC's Servers and Compute Platform Group. ...
This IDC study presents a view of cognitive/AI software platforms revenue from the historical year 2017 through to the five forecast years of 2018–2022.
"The cognitive/AI software platforms market achieved solid growth in 2017, and ...
This IDC study represents a vendor assessment model called the IDC MarketScape. This study is a quantitative and qualitative assessment of the characteristics that assess a vendor's current and future success in the said market or market ...
Cisco, a global hardware and software provider, held its annual analyst conference (C-Scape) and user/partner conference (Cisco Live) June 10–14 in Orlando, Florida. The event drew more than 26,000 attendees and over 350,000 online viewers ...
Worldwide Virtual Client Computing Software Market Shares, 2017: Year of Rethinking the Virtual Client Experience
This IDC study provides an analysis of the worldwide virtual client computing (VCC) software market in calendar year 2017. The study includes the worldwide market revenue and growth rate for the total market in 2017 as well as revenue, market ...
This IDC PeerScape explores how data architects are building and deploying a high-performing, cost-efficient, and secure data lake on AWS, where different teams within their organization can publish and consume data in a self-service manner.
Professional Services, Retail, and Banking Industries to Spend Most on Public Cloud Services in CEE In 2018, According to IDC
Technology providers should continue to invest in cloud and mobility computing solutions to address evolving customer needs. Understanding the regions, verticals, and organizational departments in which digital transformation is occurring ...
Worldwide Software-Defined Compute Software Market Shares, 2017: Virtualization Shows Resilience
This IDC study examines the market share of software-defined compute (SDC) software vendors in 2017 as well as the market forces that influenced their performances.
"The SDC market that is seeing virtualization, the primary revenue ...
SAP SAPPHIRE 2018: Focus on Embedded Intelligence — What Enterprises Should Know About Analytics from SAP SAPPHIRE 2018
On June 8, 2018, SAP finished another of its annual SAPPHIRE user conferences. The theme of this year's event was Intelligent Enterprise, with much of the focus on strategy and product announcements around embedding various types of analytic ...
Worldwide Advanced and Predictive Analytics Software Market Shares, 2017: Open Source Continues to Threaten
This IDC study highlights the shares of the largest vendors in the worldwide advanced and predictive analytics software market for the calendar year 2017. This document also highlights the trends and significant developments in the market.
This IDC study helps CIOs identify opportunities for creating data-driven IT organizations.
"To create a data-driven IT organization, start by creating or acquiring data exploration and management platforms, forming cross-functional ...
Retooling Consulting Capabilities — Key Findings from 2017 Payer Survey of Healthcare IT Consultants/Systems Integrators
This IDC Perspective describes the status and drivers of change in the investments that IT consultants are making in their capabilities to serve payers. This document compares the results of surveys completed in 2015 and 2017 that represent ...
Worldwide Storage Software Forecast, 2018–2022: Market Adapts to Cloud, Converged Use Cases, and New Pricing Dynamics
This IDC study examines the storage software market for the 2018–2022 period.
"IDC has been saying it for years, and the statement holds true in light of the 2017 market performance and our five-year outlook: 'The future of storage ...