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 Survey Spotlight looks at consumer trust in or concern about companies and organizations storing personal data. The companies/organizations covered are Facebook, Google, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, phone companies, cable companies, ...
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 Perspective describes connected banking as a proactive response to open banking in the United States.
"The need to digitally transform the bank starts with the modernization of its legacy systems in the institution's datacenter," ...
This IDC Survey examines European healthcare organizations' cloud priorities, challenges, benefits, priority investment areas, and experiences with cloud architecture, conducted among 85 healthcare institutions in eight European countries. ...
Large Italian Bank Adopts Cohesity to Make Secondary Storage Strategic for Analytics, Test&dev, and Time to Market, While Also Modernizing and Automating Backup
This IDC Perspective discusses the backup challenges that a large European financial institution was facing and how it overcame them with Cohesity's DataPlatform solution. It also assesses the bank's attitude towards secondary data and how ...
This IDC study focuses on the impact of European Union's (EU's) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on the U.S. security products market. This study presents IDC's market size and forecast for the U.S. GDPR security products opportunity ...
Worldwide Internet of Things Infrastructure Forecast, 2018–2022: IoT Edge Infrastructure Primed to Be Growth Engine for IoT Infrastructure Vendors
This IDC study provides a forecast for the worldwide IoT infrastructure market for 2018–2022.
"Internet of Things deployments will fuel aggressive investments in infrastructure, especially new compute, storage, and networking technologies ...
This IDC study examines and defines the hybrid cloud data services (including protection, security, compliance, integration, orchestration, and data location optimization using machine learning–based AI capabilities) that operate on structured ...
This IDC study analyzes the worldwide data services for hybrid (DSH) cloud market for the 2018–2022 period.
"The DSH cloud market is expected to grow at a five-year CAGR of 18.4%. There are three significant shifts happening in the ...
This IDC Taxonomy discusses how the insurance industry's digital mission is driven by the challenges posed to existing business models by the change in expectations of customers and partners, technology innovations, regulatory demands, and ...
This IDC study outlines the steps and requirements necessary to successfully employ IoT within upstream oil and gas operations, particularly, the considerations required for extending IoT implementations beyond the pilot phase to deliver ...
This IDC PeerScape explores how chief information officers (CIOs) and chief data officers are taking a pragmatic approach to data governance by recasting data governance as a crucial prerequisite for the data-driven enterprise.
Enabling Businesses to Automate, Scale, and Unify Data Protection in the Hybrid Cloud, GDPR, and Data Monetization Era: Rubrik
This IDC Vendor Profile assesses the solutions, strategies, and future road map of data protection start-up Rubrik, which is changing the backup and data management landscape. It also assesses the changing dynamics of the data protection ...
New Services, a Buzzing Marketplace, New Partnerships, and a Focus on Machine Learning: Key Takeaways from the AWS UK Summit
This IDC Market Note examines takeaways from presentations and one-on-one meetings with AWS executives, clients, and partners at the AWS annual summit in London on May 10. 12,000 participants (up from 7,000 last year) attended the well-organized ...
No Signs of Fatigue in Europe: Integration, App Functionality Creation, Machine Learning, and Privacy to Lead Salesforce's Ambitions for 2018
This IDC Market Note summarizes key takeaways from Salesforce's recent EMEA Analyst Summit held in London in June 2018. It discusses our views on Salesforce's placement and market strategy in Europe, including key themes on Salesforce's ...
This IDC Market Perspective outlines the cultural, technical, and geopolitical factors that influence cloud adoption in Europe and explains why it follows a different pattern from the U.S. It also advises on how to respond to these factors.
This IDC Market Note discusses Happiest Minds, an India-based start-up/scale-up with significant activity in Europe. Happiest Minds focuses on digital transformation and provides transformational services for both applications and infrastructure. ...
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, 2017, involving 1,967 companies with more than ...
This IDC Survey Spotlight discusses the findings of IDC's European Datacenter and Multicloud Survey, 2018, involving over 651 enterprise storage customers in Western Europe about their storage investment priorities for ...
This IDC study provides a detailed description of IDC's Worldwide Semiannual Blockchain Spending Guide methodology and taxonomy. It should be used as a companion piece for IDC's Worldwide Semiannual Blockchain Spending Guide and all of IDC's ...
This IDC Market Note presents an overview and brief analysis of the implications of California's Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. This law goes into effect January 1, 2020, and could bring a portion of GDPR to the United States.
This IDC Market Note covers the Money20/20 Europe conference held in Amsterdam in early June. It offered attendees a valuable three days of content, discussion, networking, and professional development. The main topics included fintech, ...
This IDC Survey reviews findings from the IDC European Multicloud Infrastructure Survey conducted in March 2018. Both line-of-business and IT professionals will be guided on how European organizations across ...