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.
IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Enterprise Mobility Management Software for Ruggedized/IoT Device Deployments 2018 Vendor Assessment
This IDC study represents a vendor assessment of providers offering enterprise mobile mobility management (EMM) software through the IDC MarketScape model, specifically in the context of ruggedized and IoT device deployments. The assessment ...
"The future of the insurance industry rests on the ability of carriers to adapt to the ever-evolving insurance ecosystem to successfully deliver usage-and-value-based products and manage risks proactively. This is critical to make customers ...
This IDC PeerScape provides examples that illustrate how leading-edge leaders are taking advantage of big data technologies to digitally transform their business. "Big data and analytics has attracted tremendous interest from the business ...
IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Point-of-Sale Software in Small and Midsize Retail Apparel and Softlines 2018 Vendor Assessment
This IDC study evaluates point-of-sale (POS) software vendors offering their solutions to small and midsize retail apparel and softlines retailers. The research examines how point-of-sale vendors are developing their solutions to respond ...
This report showcases best practices in how DNEs and start-ups utilize platforms to access new ideas/solutions, deepen engagement, and enable co-creation, which can be leveraged by technology buyer enterprises to improve their own.
IDC PeerScape: Practices for Creating Superior Experiences with Augmented and Virtual Reality
In this report, we highlight some of the key challenges faced by enterprises in the digital era and the multi-channel world with a focus on customer experiences. We then also present use cases and examples of how leading organizations are ...
IDC PeerScape: Distributed Order Management Practices to Optimize Configuration for Efficient Inventory and Call Center Management in Retail Supply Chains
This IDC PeerScape is intended for retailers familiar with order management software that are seeking to optimize configurations. This document will share some best practices that retailers have identified to change the game for their business ...
IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Point-of-Sale Software in Retail Department Stores 2018 Vendor Assessment
This IDC study evaluates point-of-sale (POS) software vendors in the department store retail sector. The document examines how point-of-sale software vendors are developing their solutions to respond to the increasing omni-channel commerce ...
This IDC PeerScape document addresses the main challenges that retailers are facing when approaching customers. It also suggests starting points for technology buyers to differentiate customer experience. Lessons learned from companies that ...
"Government organizations that do not adopt these practices will witness a growing disconnect between their ability to deliver digital services and citizens' growing expectations for a rich omni-channel experience," said Chris Pennell, research ...
This IDC study provides a systematic assessment of technologies related to the adoption of service robotics. The IDC TechScape is an evaluation model based on a comprehensive framework and a set of parameters that assess a technology's adoption ...
This IDC study provides details about the importance of agency services to the digital-native enterprise.
According to Michael Versace, research director, Digital Strategy and Agency Services, "Where traditional systems integrators ...
This IDC Presentation outlines how 10 innovation forces will shape the consumer technology market over the next three years. A key theme that runs across IDC's predictions this year is the notion of becoming digital-native. For enterprises ...
With the increased demand for shop floor productivity and automation, IDC forecasts that investments around emerging technologies will continue to increase in Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) (APEJ). More importantly, organizations have been ...
This IDC Presentation examines the European implications of our Worldwide Payments 2018 predictions. The European predictions can vary in impact and timeframe from the worldwide predictions and provide a regional analysis of the overarching ...
This IDC Presentation is the Asia/Pacific regionalization of the Worldwide Retail FutureScape for 2018. It provides a global and regional outlook of the retail industry and includes the top 10 predictions for the market. Each prediction ...
This IDC Presentation outlines the implications for Europe from IDC's worldwide top 10 predictions for the retail industry in 2018, with a key focus on some of these key regional perspectives that need to be addressed by all stakeholders ...
This IDC Presentation examines the European implications of our Worldwide FutureScape 2018 predictions. The European predictions can vary in impact and timeframe from the worldwide predictions, providing a regional analysis of the overarching ...
The Internet of Things (IoT) is now entering a critical phase in its market acceptance and deployment. After several years of customers evaluating the case for an IoT solution, vendors appear to be reaching a point in their products and ...
IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Connected Vehicle 2018 Predictions — Western European Implications
This IDC Presentation looks at the European implications of the Worldwide Connected Vehicle 2018 Predictions. These 10 predictions were developed with input from technology and product vendors, service providers, and technology buyers in ...
IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Federal and Central Governments 2018 Predictions — APEJ Implications
APEJ government organizations will come under increasing pressures to account for how they are using public funds to digitally transform and automate their services to the citizens.
"Invariably, APEJ governments must keep pace with ...
IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Robotics 2018 Predictions — Asia/Pacific (Excluding Japan) Implications
This IDC Presentation provides an Asia/Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ) regional forward perspective and implications of the IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Robotics 2018 Predictions (IDC Manufacturing Insights #US42379618, ...
IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Federal and Central Government 2018 Predictions — CEE Implications
This IDC FutureScape Presentation looks at IDC's worldwide ICT predictions for federal and central governments (see IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Federal and Central Governments 2018 Predictions, IDC #US43156017) ...
Rapid urbanization and the exponential population growth of APEJ cities are leading to severely constrained urban ecosystems. Coupled with increased socioeconomic pressures (e.g., aging populations, inadequate housing options) and aging ...