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 Government Insights Pivot Table presents our best estimates and forecasts for the U.S. federal government IT opportunity.
This IDC Government Insights Pivot Table presents our best estimates and forecasts for the U.S. state and local government IT opportunity for 2015–2020.
This IDC Health Insights Presentation gives an overview of cognitive computing trends in European healthcare.
This deck, presented at the IHE-Europe Connectathon in Venice, Italy, analyzes the opportunities offered by cognitive computing ...
This IDC Government Insights Presentation provides an analysis of spending for crown corporations in the Canadian federal government. Crown corporations are wholly owned and managed by the federal government and report to one of the many ...
In this IDC Presentation, IDC Energy Insights presents examples of innovation that key vendors are delivering to their mining customers. Examples of innovation being delivered to mining customers were provided by:
- Schneider ...
Manufacturing Digital Transformation Strategies: Findings from the IDC European Vertical Markets Survey, 2016
This IDC Manufacturing Insights Presentation details Western European manufacturers' IT adoption strategies and investment plans for 2017. The data has been sourced from the annual IDC European Vertical Markets Survey, 2016, covering ...
IDC European Vertical Markets Survey: Insurer Investments in Digital Technologies Show Upward Trend Despite Volatile Market Conditions
This IDC Presentation includes insurance industry data from the IDC European Vertical Markets Survey which concluded in November 2016. IDC's European Industry Solutions, Customer Insights, and Analysis Team conducted the survey to ...
This IDC Government Insights presentation provides the results from our annual Canadian citizen survey on government services. Over 1,000 Canadians were asked about their satisfaction and perception of the services they receive from federal, ...
Central and Eastern Europe Manufacturing Sector 2015 IT Spending and 2016–2020 Forecast, Update
This IDC Manufacturing Insights Pivot Table provides an overview of IT spending trends for the manufacturing sector in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) for the 2016–2020 period (with 2015 as the base year).
This downloadable pivot ...
The Middle East and Africa Manufacturing Sector 2015 IT Spending and 2016–2020 Forecast, Update
This IDC Manufacturing Insights Pivot Table provides an overview of IT spending trends for the manufacturing sector in the Middle East and Africa for 2016–2020 (with 2015 as the base year).
This document is a downloadable pivot table ...
This IDC FutureScape introduces IDC Financial Insights' 2017 view of the top 10 predictions for financial services as they apply to the Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) (APEJ) region.
This IDC presentation examines the European implications of our Worldwide Payments 2017 Predictions published in November 2016. The European predictions can vary in impact and timeframe from the worldwide predictions and provide a regional ...
This IDC Government Insights Update describes the Western European government sector environment from July to September 2016. The report provides insights into a broad range of the major ICT contracts signed and government initiatives launched ...
This IDC Financial Insights report discusses the opportunities and challenges that financial firms face in using the Ethereum platform. Blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) are gaining momentum in financial services and other ...
This IDC FutureScape provides the Asia/Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ) regional context for the IDC Health Insights worldwide predictions for healthcare. It provides healthcare executives with a road map for the next 36 months that prioritizes ...
This IDC Perspective provides an overview of the U.K. manufacturing market and its developments, including the major industry subsectors as well as the challenges that manufacturers and the government are facing.
This IDC Manufacturing Insights Perspective discusses the various manufacturing trends in Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) (APEJ), the possible advantages due to the implementation of smart manufacturing technologies, elements of smart manufacturing, ...
Vertical IT and Communications Survey, 2016: Which digital technologies are US insurers investing in?
This IDC Presentation includes insurance industry-specific data from IDC's Vertical IT and Communications Survey, 2016. IDC's Quantitative Research Group conducted the survey to understand the investment ...
This IDC Health Insights report highlights analyst insights on current leading cybersecurity strategies and focuses on the life science industry from an R&D perspective as well as life science company expectations for cybersecurity efforts ...
Business Strategy: U.S. Defense Department IT Forecast, 2015–2020 — Moderate Growth Continues
This IDC Government Insights report forecasts IT spending for various services within the U.S. Defense Department. Key findings paint a picture of DoD IT budgets undergoing slow recovery after a few years of decline.
"Network upgrades ...
Perspective: Changing Times in Commercial Life Science IT — How a Trump Administration Will Affect Current and Future Initiatives
This IDC Health Insights Perspective examines the impact of a Trump administration on commercial life science IT. Donald Trump campaigned on his intention to "repeal and replace" the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred ...
Business Strategy: 2016 U.S. Consumer Channel Preference Survey — Mobile Banking Driving Digital Engagement, Particularly with Younger Demographics
This IDC Financial Insights report discusses the findings of our 2016 Consumer Channel Preference Survey of U.S. banking and credit union customers. Mobile banking continues its progression toward becoming the integral part of the ...
This IDC Energy Insights Perspective discusses the expected movement to blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) within energy trading. This Perspective highlights a couple of recent examples of the use of blockchain in energy ...
This IDC Financial Insights report takes a look at the challenges and opportunities that firms face in deploying increasingly advanced analytics to improve their risk management analysis and compliance programs to reduce the risk of regulatory ...
Perspective: Technology Bombards and Trump Cards — What Payers Have and What They Need to React to "ACA Repeal and Replace"
This IDC Health Insights Perspective reflects the observations made by IDC Health Insights analysts regarding the evolution and potential change of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Proposed alterations to ACA have been documented by President-Elect ...