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 Tech Buyer Presentation discusses the presentation "The CIO's Role in Supporting Digital Customer Experience," delivered on May 3, 2019 for IDC's European CIO Hub. The IDC European CIO Hub is a group of CIOs that meet with IDC monthly ...
This IDC Survey Spotlight identifies large enterprise IT management priorities for 2023 as influenced by their organization's cloud and container strategies. This Survey Spotlight contains data from IDC's May 2019 Enterprise Containers ...
Southeast Asia — Digital Models Creating New Growth: How New Digital Platforms Are Shaping Lifestyles
Although much of the investment focus on Asia/Pacific has focused on China and India, the Southeast Asia region is quickly emerging as a high-growth area that is both following technology trends in other regions as well as innovating on ...
This IDC Survey Spotlight provides insight into the percentage of staff in various levels of management positions in tech marketing organizations. Respondents to IDC's 2018 Tech Marketing Benchmark Survey showed that within the average ...
This IDC Survey document presents data from the IDC European Leadership Survey. It reports the digital transformation priorities of Western European IT decision makers in the banking, insurance, retail, healthcare, life sciences, government, ...
Industrial Organisations in Asia/Pacific Excluding Japan Focus on Talent Strategy in Response to Digital Transformation Pressure
This IDC Survey Spotlight is based on IDC's April 2019 WW IDC Insights Talent Survey, which surveyed 178 organizations in the Asia/Pacific region, spanning four industries — manufacturing, mining, oil and gas, and utilities. ...
The 2019 IDC Middle East CIO Summit showcased the results of the annual IDC CIO Summit Survey on CIO priorities and CIOs' views on digital transformation adoption and the associated challenges. The survey was conducted prior to the February ...
This IDC Survey Spotlight presents key findings focused on payer and provider investment plans and approaches to behavioral health management from the 2019 Connected Health and Value-Based IT Investment Plans Survey.
Other topics ...
The 2019 edition of the Middle East CIO Summit showcased the results of the annual IDC CIO Summit survey that covers CIO priorities and their views of digital transformation adoption and associated challenges.
The survey was run prior ...
This IDC Presentation provides a detailed analysis of the market and competitive landscape in IT services in Australia from July to December 2018 (2H18). It covers the market size movements and growth trends in each of the macromarkets (i.e., ...
This IDC Presentation discusses results from the Industry Cloud Council 2019 Survey, which polled 101 organizations across 8 industries (financial services, government, healthcare, life sciences, manufacturing, oil and gas, retail, ...
This IDC Survey Spotlight examines the shifting focus of chief legal officers across corporate legal departments. This study contains data from IDC's 2019 Legal and Corporate Strategy Digital Transformation Survey. The ...
What Are Some of the Leading Causes of Application Downtime? How Much Does Application Downtime Cost Businesses?
This IDC Survey Spotlight shares findings from IDC's Server and Storage Infrastructure Availability Survey that was completed in December 2018. The survey explores how enterprises manage server and storage infrastructure ...
This IDC Market Analysis Perspective gives a high-level overview of key industry trends, digital transformation (DX) maturity, IT spending forecasts, and business priorities for the corporate banking sector. This includes the role and impact ...
This IDC Presentation analyzes customization trends in retail, ecommerce, and industries. On the demand side, consumers are looking for products that are tailored to their preference while on the supply side, businesses are catering to consumer ...
Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Drive Future Advanced Threat Detection Techniques
This IDC Survey Spotlight looks at the type of threat detection techniques, services, and methods that organizations believe are the most important today and in the next three years. This Survey Spotlight is a part of a United States–based ...
Worldwide Telecom Service Provider FY18 Update: Virtualization, Analytics, and AI Are the Priorities for Telco
This IDC Tech Buyer Presentation provides an overview of worldwide telecommunication service provider industry for the full year ending December 2018. It also showcases the recent trends in various areas such as revenues, revenues by products, ...
This IDC Survey Spotlight provides a snapshot of customers' view on their IT infrastructure initiatives. Respondents classified future initiatives as either modernization (optimizing existing IT environments) or transformation (transform ...
Are European Countries at Different Stages in Their Approach to Future of Work (FoW) Transformation?
This IDC Survey Spotlight analyzes a portion of the data from the IDC European Future of Work Survey, 2018. IDC's Future of Work practice surveyed 386 European enterprises in November 2018. The sample quota consisted ...