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 study presents the Japan enterprise storage systems market forecast from 2019 to 2023 based on the market actual performance in 2018. IDC analyzes both the performance and forecast from spending and shipment capacity points of view. ...
This IDC Market Forecast study examines trends in the Western European document solutions software market and provides strategies for technology suppliers to leverage market opportunities.
"Despite the gradual fall in office printed ...
This IDC study describes the size and growth of IT professionals by role and region for 2018–2023. The document includes our forecast across 39 different job roles and an analysis of some of the key factors influencing IT professional employment ...
This IDC study defines, sizes, and forecasts the worldwide master data management (MDM) competitive software market.
"The master data management competitive software market continues to grow, driven by the need to reconcile multiple ...
This IDC study provides a competitive analysis of the worldwide IT operations management (ITOM) software market for CY18.
According to Tim Grieser, research vice president, IT System and Operations Management Software, IDC, "The worldwide ...
This IDC study reviews 2018 revenue in the worldwide life science software market (including contributions from software as a service but excluding IT infrastructure) and shows the market's changes from 2017.
"While stable and consolidating, ...
This IDC study updates IDC's definition for the worldwide DevOps software tools competitive market. The products, vendors, and revenue covered by this taxonomy represent a subset of IDC's functional market taxonomy. Each segment of the competitive ...
This IDC study examines the market share for the worldwide IT automation and configuration management software market for 2018.
According to Stephen Elliot, program vice president, Enterprise System Management Software, "The worldwide ...
This IDC Market Share analyzes the Western Europe device and print management markets for 2016 to 2018.
"There is gradual digitization — transition from paper to digital documents — driven by the availability and adoption of 3rd Platform ...
This IDC study examines the SaaS and cloud software markets for the 2018–2023 period. Worldwide market sizing is provided with 2017 as the base year and a five-year growth forecast for 2018–2023.
"IT and line-of-business buyers have ...
This IDC study presents the historical view of the worldwide QRA software market for 2014–2018 and the forecast of the market for 2019–2023. The study includes a breakdown of the market by three geographic regions and public cloud versus ...
This IDC study provides a 2019–2023 forecast for the worldwide project and portfolio management market, which grew 7% to $4.33 billion in 2018 with current IDC numbers (compared with growth of 4.1% to $4.05 billion in 2017). We expect the ...
This IDC study provides a top-down sizing of the software-defined compute software market in 2018 and a 2019–2023 forecast for this market. Historical and forecast revenue data is shown for the total worldwide market, and forecast revenue ...
This IDC study examines the market for ERP software, which forecasts strong growth through 2023. Digital transformation initiatives are aimed at bringing back-office ERP applications to parity with front office, creating a new digital core. ...
This IDC study examines the U.S. colocation services market (retail and wholesale), providing market sizing for 2018.
"The migration to digital platforms, as well as the requirement for seamless and efficient interconnection to cloud ...
This IDC study reviews shares for the ERP software market, which grew steadily in 2018. It is clear the pace of change in the ERP software market is accelerating rapidly, largely thanks to the 3rd Platform and the innovation accelerators ...
This IDC study examines the global telecommunications wireline business market share for 2018.
The $328.9 billion telecommunications wireline business market is still dominated by top major communications service providers from various ...
This IDC study analyzes the Japan virtual client computing market in 2018 and presents the market forecast, making clear the situation at which the market is in today. The markets covered in this study are the thin client devices, virtual ...
This IDC Special Study provides clients with a demand-side view on IT infrastructure spending sentiments in 2Q19 as well as insights on technology buyer assessments of market trends that will shape the future of the IT infrastructure industry.
This IDC Technology Segment study presents the top 100 IT services providers in the Czech Republic. It includes their market shares, as based on their 2018 results. The top 10 providers are examined in detail, with their market sizes and ...
This IDC Technology Segment study presents a comprehensive view of the cloud services market in the Czech Republic. It includes market sizing for public and private cloud delivery models, quantitative data from 2018, and market forecasts ...
This IDC study forecasts worldwide revenue for the collaborative applications market for the 2019–2023 period.
"The rise of the collaborative workforce and workspace is underway. Increasingly, tech-savvy mobile users are ready for ...
This IDC study provides an updated market sizing for the worldwide contact center applications software market based on completed revenue modeling and a revised forecast for the market over a 10-year period, with a five-year forecast (2019–2023).