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.
Cisco FY 1Q18: Weak Infrastructure Revenue, But Improved Outlook Augurs Well for Fiscal Year 2018
As in the previous quarter, Cisco's core Infrastructure Platforms revenue declined YoY, but that was offset by several pointers to Cisco's continued execution on the company's strategic priorities. Coupled with positive guidance and product ...
This IDC Market Note discusses Cisco's pending acquisition of BroadSoft. It summarizes IDC's opinion on why the deal makes sense for both companies and discusses next steps.
This IDC Market Forecast provides a topline 2017–2021 forecast for the EMEA fixed business voice services market. It examines the transition from TDM to IP voice services and from on-premises voice platforms to hosted services. IDC data ...
This IDC Survey provides a summary of top-line U.S. enterprise videoconferencing solution results from IDC's U.S. Enterprise Communications Survey 2017 — an online survey of U.S.-based organizations fielded ...
This IDC study provides revenue and subscriber forecasts for the EMEA unified-communications-as-a-service (UCaaS) applications and UCaaS voice segments. It contains splits for eight countries/sub-regions: the United Kingdom, Germany, France, ...
This IDC Presentation analyzes the state of the enterprise communications market in Western Europe. It examines the development of the market in recent quarters, as well as trends and communication service provider strategies, and ties them ...
This IDC Market Note discusses IDC's impressions from GITEX Technology Week 2017, held in Dubai, UAE in late October 2017.
"With events such as GITEX happening every year, solution and service providers in the ICT ecosystem will continue ...
This IDC study provides IDC's top 10 predictions for the enterprise networking business transformation in 2018. It is designed to provide CIOs with an understanding of the external drivers, which will change the networking environment over ...
On October 19, 2017, Verizon released its 3Q17 earnings report. The company reported revenue of $30.5 billion, a slight increase of 2.5% over 3Q16 revenue. But, the company's adjusted EPS has decreased slightly from $1.01 in 3Q16 to 0.98 ...
This IDC study provides a forecast for the Western Europe converged voice market, providing forecasts for both revenue and users. It also contains a Western Europe forecast for hosted IP voice services split by user type. The document explains ...
This IDC Presentation provides top-line survey findings from IDC Canada's most recent annual Business Communications Survey conducted in August–September 2017. The slide deck contains important data and observations on the uptake ...
This IDC Vendor Profile examines and analyzes Oracle Communications, a global business unit of Oracle Corp. Data and information for this document has been gleaned from IDC participation in briefings and conversations with company executives ...
This IDC study examines SD-WAN service launches and plans in Canada.
"Canada's major communications service providers are beginning to launch their first services based on the next-generation software-defined network (SDN) platform. ...
Canadian Enterprise Unified Communications and Collaboration-as-a-Service Market Shares, 2016: Enabling CSPs of the Future
This IDC study examines cloud-based unified communications and collaboration as a service (UCCaaS) in Canadian enterprises and should be used as an adjunct to our first forecast of the Canadian hosted UCC-as-a-service market (see Lawrence ...
This IDC study examines market shares of the top networking equipment vendors in Canada.
It updates the previous study — Canadian Networking Equipment Market Shares, 2015: Competition Intensifies in Strong Markets ...
This IDC Market Note examines Telstra's capability to compete globally with regard to the company's strategy across network investments and professional services growth. Telstra Vantage, held September 20 and 21 in Melbourne, Australia, ...
Japan Collaboration and Content Applications Market Shares, 2016: Impact of Growing Digital Content
This IDC study is a translation of the Japanese document IDC #JPJ41784817 that provides analyses of market shares in the Japan collaborative and content applications market for 2016 ...
This IDC Survey presents results from IDC's 2017 European Enterprise Communications Survey related to the areas telcos need to address in order to transform and grow their own business into the future — a Telco 2025 view. It examines ...
This IDC Perspective provides an overview and analysis of telecom and cable service provider network M&A deals and IPOs disclosed in 1H17. The document is limited to M&A deals in which the acquirer would take operational control ...
Market Analysis Perspective: Worldwide Communities and Collaboration Applications, 2017 — Collaboration Gets Hot
This IDC Market Analysis Perspective views the growth in the worldwide communities and collaboration markets and functional markets, explores the important trends, and looks at where the growth is and shares advice for technology buyers ...