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 Perspective examines the emerging trend of software-as-a-service (SaaS) vendors offering anonymized benchmarking data to their customers as a service. This document uncovers why the SaaS model enhances benchmarking services, explains ...
This IDC Market Perspective analyzes how European cloud adoption patterns are evolving as cloud becomes the de facto foundation for digital transformation and technology modernization. Today, cloud is becoming distributed, nuanced, and hybrid ...
This IDC Market Note provides our observations and analysis of the recent launch of the new Sage Business Cloud Marketplace in January 2020 for the U.S. and the U.K. markets.
This IDC Perspective elaborates on telcos' potential in digital business, which remains vastly untapped due to the lack of focus on digital business outcome and corresponding operational infrastructures to deliver digital services. European ...
This IDC Perspective provides insights into how organizations in Canada are engaging in workplace transformation. It looks at the various technology investments being undertaken to improve employee productivity and foster collaboration.
This IDC Market Note focuses on the details of HPE GreenLake Central, the latest update to the GreenLake offering.
"IDC believes that HPE GreenLake Central focuses on the key attribute needed, which is a central location to manage ...
This IDC Market Perspective defines and discusses the varying manufacturing levels utilized by ODMs in their engagements with cloud service providers (SPs) and hyperscalers, as well as how the ODMs seek to expand their relationships beyond ...
This IDC Perspective discusses the takeaways from the Oracle Hospitality Connect conference that took place January 28–30 in San Diego. The event brought together hospitality technology buyers and industry leaders to review the latest innovations ...
This IDC Market Note offers IDC's perspective on CSG's Ascendon solution and how it provides the customer experience and monetization functions needed to address digital services for both business customers and mass market consumers.
This IDC Market Note examines Comcast's January 24, 2020, acquisition of Ireland-based cloud unified communications and collaboration platform provider Blueface for an undisclosed sum. Blueface provides white-labeled UCaaS solutions to carriers, ...
This IDC Market Perspective analyzes key topics presented by Microsoft during its Microsoft Analyst Strategy Day 2020 held on January 15–17 in London. During the event, the Microsoft executive team provided updates on the company's mission, ...
This IDC Market Perspective addresses the evolution and benefits of the SD-Branch market.
"The modern cloud era has caused a significant re-architecture at the edge of the enterprise network. Whereas WAN connectivity between the branch ...
This IDC Perspective highlights some benefits and challenges associated with AML and KYC SaaS offerings. It also profiles three SaaS technology providers.
It is increasingly difficult for banks to maintain pace with evolving financial ...
This IDC Perspective highlights our analysis of the company's current AEC and BIM approach and strategy. IDC recently attended Autodesk University (AU) 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada, the annual gathering of Autodesk customers and partners, to ...
This IDC Market Note presents key insights into VMware's edge computing strategy. These insights were derived from presentations and meetings with VMware executives at the VMworld Europe event held in Barcelona, Spain, between November 4–7, ...
This IDC Market Perspective discusses buyer needs for managed multicloud services to deliver multicloud management capabilities. Expanding enterprise use of multiple types of clouds (private, public, hybrid) involving multiple types of service ...
This IDC Market Perspective discusses franchise cloud businesses as means of driving cloud services opportunities.
As enterprises expand their use of cloud services, they are showing increased interest in using new business models ...
This IDC Perspective provides insights into modern authentication. Truth be told and apart from low-risk B2C situations, the road to a passwordless future is still smattered with a few remaining potholes and sharp turns. PKI certificates ...
This IDC Market Note provides an Australia and New Zealand perspective of the announcements made during the Unisys Global Analyst and Advisor Conference, held last November 11—12, 2019 in New York City.
This IDC Perspective evaluates the ongoing shift amongst software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers toward customer success methodologies in both intent and strategy. Customer success focuses on helping customers achieve specific outcomes that ...