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 worldwide education top 10 predictions for 2021.
"The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated online learning into full-production digital services, such as personalized student learning journeys, which connect ...
This IDC study contains the IDC Energy Insights analyst team's outlook for the worldwide mining industry for 2021–2026. This outlook is presented through 10 predictions that make up, in IDC Energy Insights' view, the framework for IT and ...
This IDC study provides 10 predictions for the growing blockchain and distributed ledger technology market.
"Blockchain and distributed ledger technology, as a distinct technology discipline, has evolved rapidly in the past two years," ...
This IDC study discusses the top 10 predictions for worldwide imaging, printing, and document solutions and 3D printing for 2021.
"COVID-19 has interrupted the conventional flow for printing and imaging technologies," says Keith Kmetz, ...
This IDC study provides manufacturers with the top 10 predictions and underlying drivers that we expect to impact manufacturers' IT investments in 2021 and beyond.
"Although the specter of disruption has been front and center in 2020, ...
This IDC study provides IDC's top 10 predictions for worldwide services for 2021 and beyond.
"Organizations' reliance on service firms has grown since the pandemic as assistance is sought to adapt and even thrive in a dramatically ...
This IDC study discusses top 10 predictions for worldwide future of connectedness for 2021.
"Enterprises continue to pursue digital transformation initiatives to optimize operations, take advantage of advanced technologies, and delight ...
This IDC study provides our top 10 predictions for the digital automotive and transportation market. These predictions reflect IDC's vision for 10 of the most important market trends over the next 60 months (through 2026). Technology buyers ...
This IDC study explores how disruption caused by the pandemic has had profound impacts on the retail industry and the ways that retailers have continued and will continue to respond with major shifts in investment priorities and technology ...
This IDC study discusses the worldwide connected devices and consumer DX 2021 predictions.
"The COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed the way people and companies use technology, forcing many to work and learn from home," said Tom ...
Qualcomm laid out its vision for 5G and its evolving strategy that continues to leverage a leadership position in modem and compute power. The summit included product and partnership announcements including its reentry into the infrastructure ...
Facebook today launched a beta service that delivers a handful of free-to-play, cloud-streamed games to Android device and PC users located along much of America's Eastern Seaboard, plus California and Texas, with nationwide expansion anticipated ...
This IDC MarketScape assesses the capabilities and strategies of professional service vendors that work alongside their mining customers to optimise operational processes across the entire mining value chain by crossing siloes and creating ...
This IDC Vendor Profile explores the relevancy and timeliness of Infosys Live Enterprise (LE) services offering to enable customers to identify gaps in their current infrastructure and restructure their technology deployments as they navigate ...
This IDC Market Perspective examines the managed print and content services market pre-, mid-, and post-pandemic, highlighting the rapidly changing market dynamics that provide opportunities and pose challenges for managed print and content ...
This IDC Market Note provides insight into the datacenter infrastructure supply chain and production environment, showing where constraints currently exist in the broader ecosystem as of the end of September 2020.
Apple's iPhone 12 smartphone line provides a solid evolutionary offering as Apple transitions to the 5G opportunity and the leading edge of semiconductor manufacturing reaches the 5nm technology node, following well established technology ...
Vendor-neutral open hardware platforms and virtualized cellular baseband processing are setting the direction of 5G infrastructure . These new technologies enable mobile network operators (MNOs) and private cellular solution providers to ...
On October 13th, at the Apple "Hi, Speed" Event (the 2nd installment of Apple's fall 2020 product launches); Apple finally made its much-awaited Smartphone announcements bringing refresh design aesthetics and new product ...
On October 12th, 2020, Twilio, a Cloud Platform as a Service (CPaaS) company, announced the acquisition of Segment, a customer data platform provider, for $3.2 billion. The deal coupled with Twilio’s SIGNAL event announcement reflects a ...
As the focus on connected technologies and their effect on industrial productivity increases, organizations will look at investments allowing them to decipher the operational data their manufacturing assets will produce. The China government's ...
Amazon Web Services (AWS) Summit Online ASEAN re:Cap showcases how cloud-based services can help organizations accelerate their journey in becoming empathetic enterprises. Specifically, in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning ...
This IDC Market Note analyzes enterprise system software vendor Ivanti's plan to acquire MobileIron and Pulse Secure and the potential effects this will have on the unified endpoint management and VPN/network access markets. The acquisition ...
This IDC Market Note examines the auction results and discusses the implications for the individual companies as well as the broader wireless landscape in the United States.
The FCC recently concluded its CBRS PAL auction (Auction ...
This IDC Market Perspective examines potential 5G monetization opportunities for operators in GCC countries. It addresses new market developments and dynamics as well as emerging opportunities in individual countries.
"Telecom operators ...
On October 13th and 14th, Red Hat held the company's annual AnsibleFest user conference. The virtual event featured the introduction of several updates to the Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform as well as new integrations between the Red ...
During a virtual presentation on Tues, October 13, Apple rolled out its first 5G-enabled iPhones, including two standard versions of the iPhone 12 and two Pro versions, with the Pro versions offering primarily additional camera capabilities. ...
This IDC Market Note looks at how Danish software provider EveryonePrint has already integrated its recent acquisition — One Q — and how it is building capabilities to compete more keenly and comprehensively in the cloud and on-premises ...
Apple’s iPhone 12 brings 5G to the iOS ecosystem, and allows mobile operators to begin tempting a significant portion of their subscriber base that have been left out of the 5G party until now. But adding a 5G device to the mix without corresponding ...
Unit4, an ERP provider has announced the release of its next general enterprise resource planning product, ERPx. This new product is a welcome addition for Unit4 as it is a modern and modular ERP product; the new normal for ERP products. ...
Proximus and Orange Belgium have decided to replace Huawei radio access equipment with Nokia solutions. Proximus announced it had selected Ericsson for its core networks, while Orange Belgium will work with Ericsson in a first phase to deploy ...
In a year of accelerated digital transformation, Google announced the advancing of their vision refreshing G Suite as Google Workspace: A highly integrated workspace with "everything you need to get anything done, now in one place." IDC ...
This IDC Market Perspective explains that IT services may be treated as either operational expenditure or capital expenditure depending on the output of the services and client preferences. Services firms that can offer services that can ...
This IDC Market Perspective delves deeper into the makeup and characterization of the consumer DataSphere and StorageSphere and analyzes how consumers manage the data they actively create, where they store the data they create, and how they ...
This IDC Perspective discusses workload repatriation patterns and provides recommendations for approaching workload repatriation as part of uber digital transformations. As enterprise adoption of public cloud adoption is increasing, enterprise ...
This IDC Market Perspective discusses professional services for containers. As enterprises look to adopt container solutions, they will turn to professional services delivered by either the manufacturer or a third-party services firm to ...
This IDC Perspective provides a data-driven overview of the current technology employment market. This document is aimed at helping business and IT decision makers better understand the rapidly growing market segments of the technology employment ...
Like most tech companies this year, VMware's flagship event VMworld 2020 was a virtual/digital affair with numerous announcements as wide-ranging as its IT portfolio — from end-user computing (EUC) management and security to cloud and container ...
On Wednesday, September 30, Google announced new additions to its hardware family of devices with two new Pixel 5G smartphones, an updated Chromecast, and a Google Assistant-powered smart speaker. With some retail stores already placing ...
This IDC Market Perspective provides an overview and analysis of datacenter mergers and acquisitions (M&A) disclosed from July 2019 through June 2020. In this document, we have analyzed hosting and colocation service provider acquisitions ...
This IDC Perspective discusses how COVID-19 is accelerating transformation of the global banking industry. Although the banking industry is better able to monitor and plan for loan losses arising from the market disruption that took place ...
On September 24, Amazon announced new smart home devices and services that strengthen the company's smart home portfolio in the North American market — especially as the holiday season and Prime Day sales approach. These announcements represent ...
The first IoT offering from AT&T’s and Microsoft’s 2019 multiyear strategic partnership aims to bring secure IoT and cloud services to enterprise customers while allowing companies to avoid third-party Wi-Fi networks. The value in this ...
Containers, especially Kubernetes platforms, are becoming the de facto compute option for application modernization in companies' software-based innovation journeys. Pure Storage, with the acquisition of Portworx's container-native data ...
This IDC Perspective provides a data-driven overview of the current trends in digital transformation investment. It is intended to assist CIOs, IT executives, and line-of-business technology professionals in identifying high-level digital ...
This IDC Perspective examines the trends and business drivers associated with connected hotel guest rooms. The in-room experience is being redefined by enabling mobile and digital touch points and putting control back into the hands of customers ...
This IDC Perspective discusses how the energy sector is strengthening its defense posture in security. The proliferation of energy infrastructure construction makes critical infrastructure protection of utmost importance. IT-OT integration ...
This IDC Vendor Profile examines Carbon60, a private company that provides managed and professional services to help organizations move to a cloud-based environment. Carbon60 is one of the several vendors that is entering the Canadian infrastructure ...