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 provides a top-down sizing of the virtual machine market in 2017 and a 2018–2022 forecast for this market. Historical and forecast revenue data is shown for the total worldwide market. Virtual machine software is a competitive ...
Nordic Big Data and Analytics Software Market Shares, 2017–1H18: Continued Growth Fueled by Enterprise Transformation
This IDC Market Share highlights the market shares of the largest suppliers in the Nordic BDA software market for 2017 and first half of 2018. It also highlights trends and significant developments in the market. It directly follows the ...
This IDC study provides a detailed description of IDC's Worldwide Semiannual Big Data and Analytics Spending Guide methodology and taxonomy. It should be used as a companion piece for IDC's Worldwide Semiannual Big Data and Analytics Spending ...
This IDC study presents a five-year forecast for the worldwide virtual client computing software market as defined in IDC's Worldwide Software Taxonomy, 2018: Update (IDC #US44835319, ...
This IDC study provides IDC's forecast for the converged systems support and deployment services market for the 2019-2023 period.
"The hardware support and deployment market is overall a slow growing and very mature segment," says ...
This IDC study provides a comprehensive overview and definitions for IDC's enterprise storage systems research, outlining market segmentations and measurement methodologies for the storage industry including classification by technology, ...
IDC Innovators are emerging vendors with revenue of less than US$100 million that have demonstrated either a groundbreaking business model or an innovative new technology, or both. This IDC Innovators study profiles three emerging vendors ...
This IDC Market Forecast projects the EMEA datacenter networking market for 2017 through 2021. It covers manufacturer revenue for Ethernet switches (Layer 2–3), application delivery controllers (ADCs, that is Layer 4–7 switches), ADCaaS, ...
This IDC study examines the Canadian Big Data and analytics software market in Canada in terms of software spending and market developments.
"The Canadian BDA software market reached $1,866.6 million in 2017 and is expected to grow ...
This IDC study provides a detailed description of IDC's BDA software market taxonomy. For 2019, the taxonomy includes 16 software market segments grouped within three primary segments: performance management and analytic applications, business ...
Worldwide Software-Defined Storage Forecast, 2018–2022: Strong HCI Growth Leads Continued SDS Market Expansion
This IDC study provides a forecast by revenue and capacity for the worldwide SDS market. The forecast data focuses on end-user consumption of four categories of SDS solutions — block, file, object, and HCI — that cover cumulative shipments ...
Worldwide Container Infrastructure Software Market Shares, 2017: Containers Poised for Growth
This IDC study examines the market share of container infrastructure software vendors in 2017 as well as the market forces that influenced their performances. Container infrastructure software is a competitive market within IDC's software ...
This IDC Market Forecast study provides a forecast of the Turkish hyperconverged systems market from 2018 to 2022. It also gives a summary of the general market dynamics, together with an overview of the changing vendor landscape.
This IDC Special Study presents IDC's Enterprise Infrastructure Market Pulse, which is designed to provide clients with a demand-side view on IT infrastructure spending sentiments in the early stages of each calendar quarter as well as insights ...
This IDC study provides historical data as well as a forecast (2018–2022) for the worldwide file- and object-based storage market. The forecast and historical data focuses on end-user consumption of two main categories of the FOBS market: ...
This IDC study presents a five-year forecast for the worldwide IT operations analytics software market as of November 2018. This study updates the previous forecast published in Worldwide IT Operations Analytics Software Forecast, 2017–2021 ...
This IDC study presents IDC's spending forecast and historical sizing for the worldwide business analytics services market by primary services markets ranging from 2013 and extending through 2022. A range of forecast assumptions are factored ...
This IDC study provides a forecast of BI and analytics functional market spending in the UAE for the 2018–2022 period. It includes findings from IDC discussions with major vendors.
"Business intelligence and analytics solutions are ...
This IDC Market Forecast quantifies the Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (CEMA) page-volume market opportunity. The study provides in-depth analysis of the hardcopy peripherals installed base, average monthly page ...
This IDC study provides the forecast for the 5G network infrastructure market for 2018-2022. IDC believes spending on 5G-related routing and optical backhaul will rise at CAGRs of 146.1% and 129.6%, respectively, over the forecast period. ...
This IDC study presents a view of BDA revenue in Western Europe from historical year 2017 through to the 2018–2022 forecast period.
"The Western Europe BDA software market, which in 2017 reached $14.1 billion, is expected to grow with ...
This IDC study presents IDC's taxonomy of the worldwide data security market. It provides definitions for enterprise products and services used for the discovery, classification, obfuscation, monitoring, and control of structured and unstructured ...
This IDC study presents IDC's first digital transformation (DX) use case taxonomy for finance. It includes descriptions of the strategic priority, programs, and use cases for this horizontal function.
"As part of digital transformation, ...