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.
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China introduces medical reform in the field of drug procurement and distribution, bringing opportunities and challenges to multinational pharmaceutical companies
At the end of 2018, China's four municipalities and seven key cities ("4 plus 7") began to focus on the purchase of generic drugs from particular pharmaceutical companies, while China's domestic prescription-sharing platform provided new ...
SYSPRO, an Operational and Manufacturing ERP technology vendor, has helped many companies advance in their use of technology to run their operations and manufacturing. In 2014, SYSPRO was deployed at BKB to help the company digitally transform. ...
Capgemini Acquires Altran and Sprints Ahead in the Race To Dominate Product Engineering, Operational Technology, and Digital Services Markets
Capgemini has announced its intent to acquire Altran, a leading product engineering and operational technology (OT) services provider. Their combined business and resulting growth will create an engineering and digital transformation services ...
Accenture FY 3Q19: Quarterly Revenue Up 4%; Operating Margins Continue to Expand, But Bookings Down 9%
On June 27, 2019, Accenture its FY 3Q19 results, including $11.1 billion in quarterly revenue (see the accounting note), a 4% YoY increase in U.S. dollars and 8.4% in local currency. The earnings call was led by David Rowland, Accenture's ...
On June 10 and 11, Microsoft held its 2019 Business Applications Summit in Atlanta, Georgia. The event featured discussions on Microsoft Dynamics 365, the Power Platform (Power BI, PowerApps, and Microsoft Flow), and the integration to Microsoft ...
This IDC Link summarizes IDC's opinion on EY's NextWave Data Science Challenge and the presentation of its winners, held at the EY wavespace in New York City on June 14, 2019. At the event, the company awarded the global champions of a student-focused ...
In mid-June 2019, IDC spent two days at the CogX 2019 Festival of AI and Emerging Technology in central London. Key takeaways included the importance of trust, the need to recalibrate an organizations' culture to make the best use of AI, ...
IDC predicts that, by 2021, 60% of G2000 companies will have adopted a future-workspace model — a flexible, intelligent, collaborative virtual/physical work environment — to improve employee experience and productivity, with 10% adopting ...
IDC spent a day at talking to Adobe customers and executives and to the company's key provider partners. Three key lessons emerged: It's about driving innovation at scale, it's about people and culture, and digital should go mainstream....
Citrix recently released its latest financial results. The results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2019 compared with the first quarter of fiscal year 2018 are as follows:
- Total revenue of $719 million increased 3%.
- Subscription ...
On April 18, 2019, Orange Business Services held its second Business Summit in Paris with hundreds of enterprise customers, showcasing innovative services in multiple technology domains such as workspace, networking, cloud, security, IoT, ...
In the last 12 months, each of New Zealand's three largest telcos, Spark, Vodafone and 2degrees has announced a new CEO. These new CEOs will lead the industry to deliver 5G, fibre unbundling and new digital services.
Accenture FY 2Q19: Quarterly Revenue up 5%; Record New Bookings of $11.8 Billion Highlight No Pause as New Leadership Takes Over
On March 28, 2019, Accenture reported its FY 2Q19 results, including $10.5 billion in quarterly revenue (see accounting note later), a 5% YoY increase in U.S. dollar, and 9% in local currency. The earnings call was led by David Rowland, ...
BMC is pursuing an innovative strategy to enhance its IT service management portfolio with cognitive capabilities. The main challenge for the company is managing its existing business and customer base while taking advantage of new technologies ...
ABB and Dassault Systèmes' Global Partnership Aims to Provide Unique Values to Digital Industry Customers
This IDC Link presents IDC's opinion on the recently announced global partnership between ABB and Dassault Systèmes. Combining the strength of ABB's Ability™ digital solutions and Dassault Systèmes' 3DEXPERIENCE platform, the partnership ...
Healthcare Summit 2019: Highlighting the Importance of Leveraging Technologies to Deliver Value to Patients, Caregivers, and Providers
The Healthcare Summit 2019 held on February 16, 2019 in Hyderabad was rich in eminent speakers, with a good mix of profiles from various suppliers and practitioners. The event stressed the importance of technology in attaining value-based ...
IBM used Think 2019 to highlight several key announcements spanning analytics, IBM Cloud Private, multicloud and hybrid cloud management, Red Hat, the mainframe and modern infrastructure, security, and IBM global and technology services ...
On February 14, Capgemini announced its 4Q and full financial year results for the year ending December 2018. In 4Q18, revenues reached €3.5 billion, up by 7.8% in constant currency year over year. For calendar 2018, group revenue grew by ...
This IDC Link discusses the announcement made at IBM's Think 2019 event held in San Francisco, February 11–14. This document specifically discusses strategic comments surrounding IBM Services — Global Business Services (GBS), Global Technology ...
On January 29, 2019, SAP announced its fiscal 4Q18 and full year 2018 earnings. The following are the highlights for SAP's 4Q18 and overall 2018 performance:
- New cloud bookings grew 25% in 4Q18 and grew 25% overall in 2018.
- Cloud ...
Cognizant announced its 4Q 2018 and full 2018 results on February 6, 2019. Global revenue reached $16,125 million in 2018, a growth of 8.9% in dollars and 8.5% in constant currency. 4Q saw 8.8% growth in constant currency, while currency ...