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.
In the past six months there has been strong momentum in the converging security and networking markets. Digital transformation means operating in a hyperconnected, multicloud environment, and next-generation networks must combine new tools ...
Google released a series of collaboration, communications and security features to G Suite at the Google Cloud Next conference. In a normal year, 30,000 executives, developers, and IT leaders would attend the conference, which is now virtual ...
Verizon's second quarter financial results were recently announced, and there are strong indications that we are going to see continued weakness for small and medium-sized businesses as COVID-19 continues to impact the U.S. economy. The ...
AT&T and Verizon recently reported financial results from the second quarter of 2020, and both companies saw flat to declining broadband subscriber numbers. For Verizon, broadband subscriber numbers declined by 13,000, from 6.481 million ...
Vodafone and Accenture have rightly identified that the European SME security services market is a growth area. But they also recognize that they have yet to capitalize on this opportunity given their diverging profiles (lack of security ...
On July 21, 2020, BT, a global service provider of managed and consulting security services, announced a new range of fully managed security and advisory services to support Microsoft Azure Sentinel. The new offering extends BT's cloud capabilities ...
In a sharp reversal of policy, the U.K. government has decided to ban the use of Huawei equipment in the country's telecoms networks, stating that U.S. government trade sanctions on China made its previous decision to allow continued limited ...
Atos, a global provider of IT security services, announced an agreement to acquire Paladion, a United States–based global provider of managed security services (MSS). Paladion, founded in 2000, includes a proprietary Managed Detection and ...
The objectives of TM Forum's Open Digital Architecture (ODA) are to help communications service providers (SPs) lower the amount of spend on IT systems (OSS/BSS) that will run their existing business, address the needs of new network technology, ...
Slack pioneered enterprise channel-based communication. It now wants to replace your email with short-form messaging. The company's announcement of Slack Connect that enables channel-based messaging for up to 20 different enterprises in ...
On June 22, Apple kicked off its first ever, digital-only Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a set of prerecorded keynote videos that walked attendees through a dizzying array of announcements, including operating system (OS) updates, ...
The launch of 8x8's enterprise-grade cloud voice solution for Microsoft Teams brings business-critical capabilities, such as contact center integration, analytics, and business app integrations. While the launch puts 8x8 squarely in a spot ...
Chef software held its annual ChefConf user and technology conference virtually on June 2 and 3, 2020. Given the COVID-19 restrictions affecting travel and social distancing, Chef had to quickly pivot and convert from the planned live, in-person ...
VMware looks to acquire Lastline, which promises to add network threat analytics to NSX, augmenting the security services that can be delivered natively in NSX.
By acquiring Panda Security, WatchGuard greatly expanded its product portfolio, markets served, and sales channel. With market demand and vendor supply trending toward platforms over point products, future cross-product integration and security ...
Micro Focus recently held the company's first-ever virtual North American customer conference (Micro Focus Universe), which ran from May 19 to 21. Given the COVID-19 restrictions affecting travel and social distancing, Micro Focus had to ...
With 5G core networks coming online, the vision of improved connectivity can now deliver new ways for network services to satisfy changing customer needs. Dynamically configurable throughput volumes, variable transmission speeds, and definable ...
On May 28, 2020, Salesforce announced its FY 1Q21 earnings. Earnings this quarter were strong, with total revenue of $4.87 billion for the quarter, a 30% year-over-year (YoY) increase from FY 1Q20.
Workplace by Facebook recently announced a major upgrade to its integrated videoconferencing features, live video production, and that Workplace hit the 5-million paid users milestone. The features allow users to be more connected to each ...
Contact-tracing technology has emerged as an effective way to potentially mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by collecting and analyzing vast amounts of location and proximity data. The benefit to global health will be significant, but vulnerable ...
With the COVID-19 global pandemic impacting economies across the globe, Cisco announced its fiscal year 2020 third-quarter results on May 13, with revenue declining 8% but net income remaining strong at $2.77 billion. Cisco's stock rose ...
Google Meet, the enterprise version of Google's videoconferencing product, has completed its rollout and is now available free to all users. While Google Meet may be missing catchy customizable backgrounds, and augmented reality (AR) features, ...
In a move to corner the market on data integrity software and data enrichment products, Syncsort is focusing the company on the value of accurate and consistent data with its recent announcement to rebrand the company as Precisely. Syncsort ...
VMware will acquire Octarine, extending its security platform to Kubernetes-based applications. VMware continues to show a commitment to cybersecurity by making large and small inorganic investments.
Microsoft's decision to acquire Affirmed Networks and Metaswitch Networks in quick succession, demonstrates its desire to swiftly create a differentiated market position vis-à-vis its closest hyperscale competitors in the early, though fast-growing, ...
After little M&A activity in the telco sector for a period, the industry saw two acquisition announcements in quick succession. There is a common thread to these transactions; both sellers are non-telco organisations divesting adjacent ...
Amazon (AWS) customers can evaluate the company's new incident response investigations service, Amazon Detective, which aggregates flow and log data to accelerate the process of identifying the root cause of incidents. The new tool, introduced ...
On May 4, 2020, Intel Corp. announced that it has acquired Moovit, a mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) solutions company, for $900 million in cash ($840 million net of Intel Capital equity gain). According to Intel, the addition of Moovit will ...
During its first-quarter earnings call, CyberArk announced that it had purchased identity-as-a-service (IDaaS) provider Idaptive to create what it calls the cybersecurity industry's only modern identity platform with a security-first approach. ...
On April 30, Apple announced its fiscal 2Q20 results, with revenue growing to $58.3 billion. That represented a 1% increase from the year-ago quarter. iPhone revenue was down 6.5% year over year to $29 billion, iPad slipped 10.3% to $4.3 ...
In Google Cloud's drive to be an enterprise-grade cloud platform service, its focus on data has been apparent in products such as BigQuery, Pub/Sub, Dataflow, Cloud Storage, and Cloud Data Fusion. These products give enterprises wanting ...
This week, Oracle announced that it has been selected by Zoom Video Communications to help it scale its growth that, at this writing, includes a jump from 10 million to 300 million daily Zoom Meetings participants in just a few months. Oracle ...
Data protection and data security are no longer separate disciplines or tasks for IT organizations. IT leaders are now approaching data protection and security in a holistic manner and vendors are responding with integrated platforms to ...
On April 2, 2020, Microsoft held a Business Application Virtual Launch Event. The online event covered highlights of over 400 new capabilities in the 2020 wave 1 release of Dynamics 365 and Power Platform, as well as reminders of recent ...
Okta's vision seems to be correct, and the company's overall strategy is sound. Okta wants to help any organization use any technology and views identity as a natural control point — hard to argue. It's broadening investments to develop ...
In announcing its pending acquisition of SD-WAN vendor CloudGenix for approximately $420 million, Palo Alto Networks emphatically confirmed the convergence of networking and security on both the WAN and in the emerging software-defined branch ...
On Tuesday, March 31, 2020, Fitbit introduced its Charge 4 fitness tracker and its expanded Fitbit Premium service. The Charge 4 shows incremental improvements over its predecessor, which debuted 18 months ago, and offers new conveniences ...
In acquiring Affirmed Networks, a poster child of the cloud-native telco infrastructure/network functions virtualization (NFV) trend in mobile networks, Microsoft is expanding its foothold in the communications service provider (comm. SP) ...
On March 12, 2020, Oracle announced its fiscal 3Q20 earnings. Here are the top financial highlights for the quarter (all growth rates are presented in constant currency terms):
- Total revenue for the third quarter was $9.8 billion, ...
Growth in global IT spending is expected to reduce by 1.3%, compared with the estimated growth rate of 5.1% by the end of 2020, because of the "pessimistic scenario" that resulted from the COVID-19 outbreak. Most impact is expected to be ...
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many firms to mobilize around work from home (WFH) as a means to slow the spread of the virus, care for employee well-being, and ensure business continuity. Yet the rapid and unplanned broadening of WFH instances ...
On January 27, 2020, 40 public advocacy groups, led by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, sent a letter to the U.S. government's Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) asking for the suspension of the government's use ...
As the U.S. economy starts to crack under the weight of uncertainty, and with everyday living thrown into increasing disarray, it's clear that COVID-19's impact on 2020 U.S. device markets will not be exclusive to supply chain and production ...
Many in the ediscovery world have shunned public cloud instances in favor of those that are on premises or private cloud hosted because of security concerns. The high-profile ransomware attack on Epiq Global may have shattered its reality ...
Nokia's decision to install a new CEO comes at a pivotal moment in the high-stakes 5G infrastructure market, as leading mobile operators are signing multiyear 5G contracts today. While Nokia's business results indicate challenges exist, ...
On February 25, Salesforce announced FY 4Q20 and end-of-year earnings. Earnings were very strong, with total revenue of $4.85 billion for the quarter, a 34% year-over-year increase from FY 4Q19. Salesforce's 2020 fiscal year revenue was ...