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 Manufacturing Insights Perspective examines Plex Systems' current portfolio and strategy for the manufacturing industry. Plex Systems continues to invest in its multitenant public cloud–based ERP and manufacturing operations software, ...
This IDC study describes the IDC MaturityScape for Omni-Experience DX in Insurance. It identifies the stages, dimensions, outcomes, and actions required to continually disrupt the business experience for all stakeholders in the insurance ...
This IDC study explains the architecture of a new customer experience operating system (CX-OS) needed to coordinate all customer-related functions in large enterprises.
"A customer experience operating system will be essential to the ...
This IDC Manufacturing Insights study takes another look at sales and marketing for consumer goods manufacturers.
"We know that organizations are continually adapting how they engage with consumers and serve their retail customers. ...
This IDC study helps CIOs and IT executives understand an approach to creating a more responsive IT organization by clearly identifying the ways in which IT creates business value through services. It explores how service value is delivered ...
This IDC Manufacturing Insights Perspective examines the current state of trade promotion management (TPM) in the consumer products industry. It's a topic that we have studied for some years now, and one of the advantages of doing a document ...
This IDC Financial Insights Perspective discusses the importance of compliance-driven industry clouds in financial services. While 3rd Platform technologies (mobility, social business, Big Data/analytics, and cloud) are industry agnostic, ...
This IDC Health Insights Perspective highlights the happenings at the Veeva Commercial Summit in Philadelphia held June 8–10, where Veeva and its life science industry customers and partners gathered to learn best practices from industry ...
IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Life Science Sales and Marketing Digital Transformation 2016 Vendor Assessment
This IDC study provides an assessment of 13 vendors participating in digital transformation of sales and marketing in the life science industry. Digital transformation is occurring at a rapid pace in life science companies, including in ...
This IDC Health Insights Perspective provides healthcare executives a framework with which to evaluate future population health technology suppliers and the basis of RFPs and RFIs for this technology. The need for next-generation population ...
This IDC Financial Insights Presentation provides our in-depth analysis of the insurance industry, and finds the following as the top challenges:
- Increase in customer demand for anytime, anywhere, seamless insurance buying and ...
This IDC study describes the IDC MaturityScape for integrated supply chain execution. The purpose of this IDC MaturityScape is to provide a framework for identifying the stages, critical measures, outcomes, and actions required for organizations ...
This IDC study describes the IDC MaturityScape for omni-experience digital transformation (DX) in retail banking. It identifies the stages, dimensions, outcomes, and actions required to continually disrupt the customer's banking experience ...
This IDC Health Insights report summarizes the results from a recent study to identify the top 10 software vendors serving the life science market. Conducted annually since 2010, the 2015 IDC Health Insights top 10 life science software ...
This IDC study offers IDC’s broadest outlook on key drivers that will shape the future of the hospitality industry. The industry’s broadening adoption of the 3rd Platform (i.e., cloud, mobile, social, Big Data, and IoT) will accelerate disruption ...
This IDC study identifies stages, outcomes, and required actions for life science companies to effectively optimize omni-channel digital systems within sales and marketing organizations. CIOs, IT executives, managers, and buyers, as well ...
This IDC study makes the case that adopting cognitive marketing is an immediate competitive imperative for all marketers. This study describes the profound effects cognitive will have on consumer behavior, briefly explains cognitive computing, ...
This IDC study provides a set of best practices and actionable advice for CIOs and their business partners who want to create planning strategies for shared innovation and the digital transformation (DX) initiatives of their enterprise. ...
This IDC study describes the IDC MaturityScape for population health analytics. During 2014, IDC developed a methodology to define maturity in any given technology market, and more recently, IDC has developed an approach to help organizations ...
This IDC study discusses aspects of building a business case for the cloud transition strategy.
"Building any business case is the combination of science and art. This study focuses on the science side. It's a framework detailing the ...
This IDC Retail Insights report presents IT budget benchmark data for the retail industry. The IDC Retail Insights 2015-2016 Retail Investment Guide provides an analysis of the IT budget strategy for 2016 and an analysis of where retailers ...
IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Customer Care and Billing Software in Competitive Unbundled Energy Markets 2016 Vendor Assessment
This IDC Energy Insights study evaluates providers of CC&B software to utilities operating in unbundled competitive markets by leveraging the IDC MarketScape vendor assessment tool. It analyzes the vendors' capabilities, strategies, ...