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.
HPEs' Composable Cloud further strengthens the vendors' hybrid cloud strategy through an integrated turnkey cloud platform. Positioning HPE Pointnext advisory services as an essential component addresses the full spectrum of IT and cloud ...
This IDC study provides the five-year forecast for the data integration and integrity (DII) software market and delivers insight into drivers of market growth.
"The data integration and integrity software market continues to be driven ...
This IDC study provides the five-year forecast for the data integration and integrity (DII) software market and delivers insight into drivers of market growth.
"The data integration and integrity software market is driven by increasing ...
This IDC study presents the worldwide hybrid cloud infrastructure services market forecast for 2018–2022. This market includes the professional services for infrastructure across public, private, and traditional deployments. The forecast ...
This IDC study analyzes the worldwide data services for hybrid (DSH) cloud market for the 2018–2022 period.
"The DSH cloud market is expected to grow at a five-year CAGR of 18.4%. There are three significant shifts happening in the ...
Worldwide and U.S. Enterprise Datacenter Network Consulting and Integration Services Forecast, 2018–2022
This IDC study presents the worldwide and U.S. datacenter network consulting and integration services forecast for 2018–2022.
"IDC sees that datacenter initiatives — such as digital transformation, software-defined datacenter, and ...
This IDC study provides a forecast for the worldwide and U.S. comprehensive security services market for the 2018–2023 period.
"Security is a 'Rubik's Cube' for enterprise leaders, even when they know they need to treat security as ...
Worldwide and U.S. Enterprise Network Consulting and Integration Services Forecast, 2019–2023
This IDC study discusses market dynamics that influenced enterprise network consulting and integration services revenue in 2018 and provides insight into developments that will influence demand for the 2018–2023 forecast period.
This IDC study does portfolio assessment of the worldwide data services for hybrid (DSH) cloud key players.
"Data services for hybrid cloud are integral to successful digital transformation in an ever-growing hybrid and multicloud ...
This IDC Link discusses the announcement made at IBM's Think 2019 event held in San Francisco, February 11–14. This document specifically discusses strategic comments surrounding IBM Services — Global Business Services (GBS), Global Technology ...
Data Management Lessons Learned at Google Cloud Next '19: Data Integration and Integrity Perspective
This IDC Market Note describes key announcements at Google Cloud Next '19 that are relevant to the data management markets. It discusses both the announcements and their significance for the markets in the coming years.
"Data is the ...
This document summarizes a series of in-depth interviews with organizations to identify the unique challenges these large enterprises face in securely managing data across hybrid environments.
"Data services for hybrid cloud are growing ...
This IDC Survey Spotlight provides a snapshot of the top challenges currently facing enterprise IT organizations. IDC's Infrastructure Services Survey, 2019, measured 350 end users on their needs, perceptions, and intent to ...
Worldwide Data Integration and Integrity Software Market Shares, 2018: Data Intelligence Implemented
This IDC study provides a breakdown of the 2018 worldwide data integration and integrity (DII) software market by vendor revenue shares and delivers insight into the market condition.
"The data integration and integrity software market ...
Worldwide Network Security Forecast, 2018–2022: Hybrid and Multicloud Driving Investment in Core Technologies
This IDC study presents a five-year forecast for the worldwide network security market. This study updates the previous forecast published in Worldwide Network Security Forecast, 2017–2021 (IDC #US42049017, ...
Worldwide Business-to-Business Integration Middleware and Managed File Transfer Software Forecast, 2018–2022
This IDC study provides the five-year forecast for an aggregate data exchange software market and delivers insight into drivers of market growth. This aggregate market is made up of the business-to-business integration middleware market ...
This IDC study provides historical data (2016–2018) and a forecast data (2019–2023) for the worldwide enterprise encryption and key management infrastructure (KMI) markets. The forecast and historical data focuses on file and folder encryption, ...
HPE Announces General Availability of HPE OneSphere, Providing Integrated Hybrid Cloud Management
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) customers are quickly adopting hybrid cloud strategies; as their hybrid cloud usage increases for production-level applications, hybrid cloud management becomes a requirement to reduce business risks and ...
Worldwide Storage Software Forecast, 2019–2023: Software-Defined Storage and Converging Workloads Lead Market Expansion, While Overall Outlook Faces Headwinds
This IDC study examines the storage software market for the 2019–2023 period.
"The storage software market experienced impressive growth in 2018, and we expect the forecast to sustain low-single-digit growth throughout the forecast ...
This IDC study examines the software construction components market. The software construction components market experienced modest growth in 2017 but is expected to deliver strong growth in the years ahead.
"The software construction ...
Worldwide IT Service Management Software Forecast, 2019–2023: Revenue Growth Accelerates as Digital Transformation Heats Up
This IDC study discusses the worldwide IT service management software forecast for 2019–2023.
"The worldwide IT service management software market achieved a level of $5.6 billion in 2018, according to IDC estimates. The market as ...
This IDC study provides a top-down sizing of the container infrastructure software market in 2017 and a 2018–2022 forecast for this market. Historical and forecast revenue data is shown for the total worldwide market. Container infrastructure ...
HPE made two major announcements last week, one with Nutanix and the other with Google, that highlight the growing demand from customers for integrated hybrid cloud solutions, based on best of breed infrastructure platforms and solutions ...
This IDC study discusses IDC's forecast for the worldwide IT automation and configuration management software market. The market is now forecast to grow to $9.6 billion by 2023 driven by software and SaaS offerings for physical and virtual ...