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 IDC's forecast for the software license, maintenance, and subscription market. The growth trajectory for software license, maintenance, and subscription revenues remains relatively unchanged from the previous forecast, ...
Worldwide Software Configuration, Change, and Process Management Forecast, 2017–2021: Agile, Emerging DevOps Leveraging Cognitive and Targeting IoT Will Drive Growth
This IDC study provides the 2017–2021 forecast for the worldwide software configuration, change, and process management (SCCPM) market. Revenue growth from leading vendors resulting from G2000 and SMB 2015 investment led to revenue growth ...
Worldwide Software Configuration, Change, and Process Management Market Shares, 2016: Agile Automation Enables DevOps Releases and Market Growth
This IDC study provides 2016 vendor share analysis for the worldwide software configuration, change, and process management (SCCPM) market. Revenue growth from leading vendors resulting from Global 2000 and SMB 2015 investment led to revenue ...
Worldwide Storage Software, Public Cloud SaaS, and IaaS Market Shares, 1Q17: SaaS Solutions Are Unable to Offset Continued License Declines
This IDC study provides a brief overview of the worldwide storage software and public cloud SaaS and IaaS market performance during the first calendar quarter of 2017 (1Q17).
"The worldwide storage software market experienced a slow ...
SAP SAPPHIRE NOW 2017: Course Correction on Licensing and a Race to Deliver Intelligent Applications
This IDC Market Perspective discusses SAP SAPPHIRE NOW 2017 held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, from May 16 to 18, 2017.
"At this year's SAPSAPPHIRE NOW conference, SAP showed good progress in key areas. ...
This IDC study presents an updated five-year forecast for the worldwide IT leasing and financing market in the top 25 countries. It also updates Worldwide IT Leasing and Financing Forecast Update, 2016–2020: Top 25 Countries, December 2016 ...
Point of sales techniques and word of mouth most important for smartphone purchase decision: IDC
New IDC MarketScape Evaluates Worldwide Manufacturing Configure, Price, Quote (CPQ) Applications Vendors
This IDC Survey Spotlight looks at the adoption plans of the U.S. respondents that have PCaaS already in place at their organizations. In August 2016, IDC conducted a survey about PC as a service to understand insights on PCaaS adoption ...
Last weekend, several news outlets featured stories on a growing trend among U.S. farmers: hacking into the software of their John Deere tractors to fix broken farm equipment. With more and more software in traditionally nonsoftware products, ...
"This IDC Market Perspective looks at trends within variable pricing in the worldwide services industry," said Chad Huston, research manager in IDC's Worldwide Services program. "Key findings are interest in variable pricing is increasing, ...
Kony announced a new mobile app offering that is designed to drive adoption of mobile-first apps in key segments of the business market, such as the SMB market and midmarket, that have resource and development skills gaps. Kony's AppVantage ...
This IDC Market Perspective provides an outlook of the top trends impacting the IT leasing and financing market in 2017.
"The pace of change in the IT leasing and financing area is accelerating because of the rapid adoption of as-a-service ...
IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Software Business Models and Monetization 2017 Predictions — APEJ Implications
This IDC Presentation discusses the Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) (APEJ) regionalization of the Worldwide Software Business Models and Monetization FutureScape for 2017. It provides an outlook view relating to software business models and ...
This IDC Survey Spotlight highlights results from a web survey conducted by IDC in January 2017 of 157 United States–based respondents to understand the digital product and service pricing preferences of customer organizations. The survey ...
Pending FASB Rule Changes: Understanding the Impact on IT Infrastructure and Capital Investments
This IDC study presents the key survey findings from the web-based survey of 200 U.S. IT and finance decision makers conducted in January 2017. Finance and IT leaders in U.S. organizations are preparing for the new FASB rules and the compliance ...
These event proceedings were presented at the IDC Directions conferences in Santa Clara and Boston in February and March 2017.
These event proceedings were presented at the IDC Directions conferences in Santa Clara and Boston in February and March 2017.
This IDC study explores pay-for-outcome or outcome-based business models, where sellers are compensated for their role in assisting their customers in achieving business impact or "outcomes," ...
This IDC study discusses the top 10 predictions for worldwide software business models and monetization for 2017.
"As organizations look to meet emerging customer requirements and respond to competitive market pressures, we expect ...
This IDC study describes the IDC MaturityScape for service innovation in manufacturing. It defines the stages, outcomes, and actions required to continually innovate around after-sales services and create and establish transformation service ...
This IDC study is designed for suppliers of products or services that are sold via subscription business models and provides a framework of stages, critical measures, outcomes, and actions required for the effective management of subscription ...