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 Link discusses eBay's announcement of its Managed Delivery fulfillment service for sellers, which will be launched in the United States in 2020.
The news that Standard Cognition secured $35 million in a Series B round reflects the volume of interest in retail for cashierless checkout technology. Further evidence comes from IDC's 2019 Global IoT Decision Maker Survey, where ...
Apple FY 3Q19: Improvements in China and Growth from Other Devices and Services Can’t Offset Continued iPhone Slowdown
On July 30, Apple announced its fiscal year 3Q19 results, including revenue of $53.8 billion, marking an increase of just 1.0% from 3Q18. Net income reached $10.0 billion, down 12.8% from 2Q18 levels. The segment highlights for the quarter ...
On August 1, 2019, Verizon released its 2Q19 earnings, which exceeded Wall Street expectations. The company recorded strong wireless metrics growth, which was slightly ahead of main rival AT&T, and continues to forge ahead with the implementation ...
The Department of Justice (DOJ) clearance of the T-Mobile-Sprint merger is a major step in getting the deal finalized. Questions remain on whether DISH can step in as a viable competitor even with the concessions afforded by the DOJ consent ...
On July 22, 2019, Apple announced that Apple Watch's electrocardiogram (ECG) feature will be activated for users in Singapore and Canada via a free watchOS update 5.3. This represents a small but progressive geographic expansion for Apple, ...
Publicis Groupe has completed the $3.95 billion purchase of technology and marketing data provider Epsilon, first announced in April 2019. The move will significantly strengthen Publicis in technology and data, more specifically in onboarding, ...
The competition among the internet companies are fiercer than ever. Chinese internet companies are adopting emerging technologies into their offerings to improve their core businesses as well as explore the possibility of find new business ...
European HQ'd Capgemini Takes Global Lead in Engineering and Embedded Software R&D with €3.6 Billion Altran Deal
Capgemini's €3.6 billion acquisition of Altran is a highly strategic boost for the European IT services market. It means that Capgemini, a European HQ'd firm, is destined to become the worldwide leader in engineering and embedded software ...
Once again HPE Pointnext services were front and center at HPE Discover in Las Vegas, Nevada, with the highlight on HPE GreenLake flexible consumption. This IDC Link discusses announcements made in support of HPE Pointnext and the 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 ...
TU-Automotive Detroit Clarifies the Industry's Progress Pursuing CASE: Connected, Autonomous, Shared, and Electric
TU-Automotive Detroit remains a key industry event that brings together the automotive ecosystem to level set on the progress and challenges in the development of connected, autonomous, shared, and electric (CASE) capabilities. Further, ...
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, ...
The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2019 gathered over 8,000 developers in San Jose, California, on June 3–7, 2019, to present Apple's latest developments in its platforms and development tools. This year, Apple showed that it is ready ...
As Cisco invests more heavily in software and subscription services, Cisco Customer Experience (CX) is one of the key bets of CEO Chuck Robbins. To drive growth in subscription offerings, (on-time) renewals, and professional services, Cisco ...
WWDC 2019: Apple Updates (and Adds to) Its Many Platforms, Launches New Developers Tools, Debuts a New Mac Pro, and Leans in on Privacy
In a jam-packed, two-hour-plus keynote on June 3, Apple announced plans to update its increasingly wide range of operating systems including macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. The company also unveiled iPadOS, an offshoot of iOS that offers ...
On May 28, Workday announced its first quarter results for FY20. In the earnings call, Workday reported significant growth across product lines, adding several new customers, with HCM, Financial Management, and Adaptive Insights recording ...
VMware 1Q20: SaaS Growth, Partnership Expansion, and Product Execution Set the Foundation for a $10+ Billion Revenue Year
VMware revenue for 1Q20 was $2.27 billion, an increase of 13% year over year (y/y). SaaS comprised greater than 12% of total revenues, with 35% growth y/y. License revenue for the first quarter was $869 million, an increase of 12% y/y. Some ...
Service providers have steadily implemented software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) platforms over the past few years. This has facilitated the demand from enterprises to rationalize the WAN with a more ...
DXC Technology Continues to Struggle with Revenue Growth in Spite of Strong Digital Momentum and Improved Quarterly Bookings
On May 23, 2019 , DXC announced its FY 4Q19 quarterly results, including $5.280 billion in quarterly revenue, a YoY decline of 5.4% (1% in constant currency) on a comparative basis and an increase of 2% (1.7% in constant currency) sequentially. ...
Dell Technologies FY 1Q20 Results: The Path to Sustained Growth Meets Slowing Infrastructure Demand
On May 30, 2019, Dell Technologies released its 1Q20 financial results and held a conference call with investors. This was its second quarterly earnings call since reentering the public markets in late December. Dell Technologies maintains ...
On May 23, 2019, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) held a quarterly earning call and disclosed its 2Q19 financial results. HPE reports financial results for three primary business units: Intelligent Edge, Hybrid IT, and Financial Services. ...