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 Analysis Perspective (MAP) presents the worldwide identity and access management (IAM) market in terms of what has happened over the past year and what IDC predicts will happen in the next five years. The MAP includes a 2017 ...
"European businesses are shifting to a 'cloud first' strategy for updating/replacing traditional systems and to 'cloud only' when developing their next-generation applications and services," says Archana Venkatraman, research manager, European ...
This IDC Market Forecast examines the Western Europe market for GDPR-driven enterprise mobile security software for 2017-2021.
"Mobile security software is already outperforming the overall security software market in Western Europe, ...
This IDC Perspective examines the key ingredients necessary for enterprises to leverage the full business value that data analytics can deliver to an enterprise. It also details five crucial best practices that can help enterprises in their ...
This IDC Market Analysis Perspective (MAP) provides a view of the worldwide eDiscovery market. It is designed to summarize key trends driving the industry and provide clients with an opportunity to engage with IDC analysts on the key issues ...
This IDC Perspective presents major causes of fraud and abuse, several current federal initiatives, and recommendations to move from recovery of funds to prevention of improper payments. Despite agency efforts, fraud, waste, and abuse spending ...
This IDC Perspective identifies five key initial steps European IT buyers should take to start multicloud implementation. Those include rolling out aggregation software, fine-tuning automation software usage, developing a cloud connectivity ...
This IDC study discusses how healthcare organizations are on a mission to digitally transform to create a value-based healthcare system, even though they may not use the term "digital transformation" as extensively as other industries such ...
U.S. Archiving and eDiscovery Survey, 2017: Impact of Compliance, Cloud, and Analytics on Purchase Decisions
This IDC Survey shares findings from IDC's Archiving and eDiscovery Survey completed in May 2017. The survey explores end-user adoption of archiving and eDiscovery software solutions and services. The survey also identifies budget ...
This IDC Survey Spotlight shares findings from IDC's Archiving and eDiscovery Survey completed in May 2017. The survey explores end-user adoption of archiving and ediscovery software solutions and services. The survey also identifies ...
Entering New Markets in Europe: Understanding the New Opportunities in the Era of Healthcare Reform
This IDC Perspective provides guidance to IT vendors that are developing strategies to enter new healthcare markets in Europe. It focuses on how healthcare reforms aiming to enable integrated care models and new patient data privacy and ...
This IDC Market Analysis Perspective provides content technology vendors with an overview of the content workflow automation and transformation ecosystem, offering the information required to support strategic planning and strategic marketing ...
This IDC Survey Spotlight discusses findings from a global study conducted in 2016. IDC surveyed a thousand respondents in seven countries and all three regions. This Survey Spotlight highlights the importance of security during digital ...
This IDC Survey presents the findings of the eDiscovery segment of IDC's 2017 U.S. Archiving and eDiscovery Spending Survey and provides relevant analysis. IDC's Worldwide Storage and Archiving and eDiscovery and Information ...
This IDC Perspective assesses the changing dynamics of workplace and its impact on enterprise risk management. It discusses how new advancements in technology will dramatically change the way risk is managed among the various lines of business ...
Rackspace: Delivering on the Promise of Multicloud Through Modernization and Managed Services
This IDC Market Note provides a comprehensive view of Rackspace's strategy to grow the company's business presented during Rackspace's Analyst Day held July 17, 2017, in New York City.
"Rackspace showcased its extensive array of cloud ...
The prevailing macroeconomic conditions in most African markets, particularly the exchange rate and interest rate volatilities and low levels of consumer spending, have negatively impacted telcos' financial performance and prevented several ...
IDC Survey Spotlight: What are the Top Datacenter Investment Priorities in Western Europe in 2017?
This IDC Survey Spotlight examines the results of IDC's 2017 Western Europe Datacenter Infrastructure Survey. The evaluation includes a ranking of priorities for IT investment plans, as well as insights into regional differences....
This IDC study provides a forecast for the worldwide IoT infrastructure market for 2017–2021.
"Internet of Things deployments will fuel aggressive investments in infrastructure, especially new compute, storage, and networking technologies ...
IDC's 2017 U.S. Enterprise Mobility Decision Maker Survey: Key Trends for Devices, Platforms, and Wireless Providers
This IDC Market Note discusses key findings in select segments of IDC's 2017 U.S. Enterprise Mobility Decision Maker Survey. It highlights the growing influence that mobile devices, EMM platforms, mobile security solutions, and wireless ...
"GDPR-related security spending presents a $2.3 billion market opportunity in 2017, and it is forecast to grow to $3.7 billion in 2019. European organizations are maturing in their GDPR readiness journey and are now ready to make investment ...
This IDC Survey analyzes security priorities and drivers across Western European industries. The survey is based on the results of IDC's European Vertical Markets Survey 2016, involving 1,872 companies with more than 10 employees ...