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 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, ...
DLP Providers Address Hybrid Cloud and Multicloud Complexity as Broader Information Protection Platforms Emerge
This IDC Market Note details how data loss prevention vendors are addressing the growing complexity of managing data governance across hybrid cloud and multicloud environments and increasingly incorporating user behavior analytics to assist ...
RSA Security Conference 2019: Enterprise CISOs Seek Relief from Complexities Prompted by Emerging DX Risks
This IDC Perspective provides a commentary on the RSA Security Conference and inferences from the conference as it applies to the security industry overall. Security professionals attending RSA Security Conference 2019 sought solutions that ...
Entrust Datacard Acquisition of Thales nCipher HSM Has Synergy, Gives Customers Greater Influence
This IDC Market Note examines the impact of the Entrust Datacard acquisition of the Thales nCipher general-purpose hardware security modules (HSMs). It explores emerging technology use cases requiring HSMs and how existing customers may ...
Russian Election Interference Illustrates Importance of Digital Trust and Cybersecurity in Digital Transformation
Two reports made public this week by the Senate Intelligence Committee detail the extent of Russian interference on the 2016 election using social engineering tactics across Instagram, Facebook, and other social networks. The congressional ...
This IDC Web Conference presents a discussion by IDC's Sean Pike on the key predictions that will impact enterprise security purchase decisions over the next one to five years. Senior IT leaders and line-of-business executives will come ...
This IDC TechBrief provides IT and business executives with an executive snapshot on digital rights management (DRM) technology, with specific analysis on DRM benefits, risks, adoption rates, success factors, select products, metrics, and ...
This IDC Survey Spotlight focuses on enterprise digital rights management (DRM) adoption trends. It highlights tactical DRM deployments within a business unit or department or a group of high-risk users and companywide deployments of DRM ...
This IDC study presents IDC's taxonomy of the security products market. It provides definitions of security products across four major platforms: software licenses, virtualization, appliances, and software as a service. It is the foundation ...
This IDC study presents the top 10 predictions for the 2019 worldwide security products and services market.
"We see this as a complicated time for IT and security practitioners as the complexity of networks is changing, the adversary ...
McAfee MPOWER 2018: MVISION, Data Security, EDR, and Cloud Security Take Center Stage, Delivering SaaS-Centric Integration
McAfee executives are preparing customers to migrate from traditional on-premises hardware to fully functional SaaS-delivered security products. Speaking at the McAfee MPOWER Cybersecurity Summit, McAfee CEO Chris Young unveiled MVISION, ...
An objective 360-degree assessment is often necessary when dealing with cyberespionage allegations, especially ones with global reach and potentially impacting some of the largest cloud services providers. Soon after Bloomberg reported mass ...
This IDC study presents IDC's taxonomy of the worldwide data security market. It provides definitions for enterprise products and services used for the discovery, classification, obfuscation, monitoring, and control of structured and unstructured ...
This IDC Market Analysis Perspective provides a comprehensive review of the data security market with a specific focus on encryption, data loss prevention, and digital rights management adoption trends, buyer attitudes, and technology spending ...
Worldwide Security as a Service Market Shares, 2017: The Sweet Spot Between DIY and Managed Services
This IDC study provides worldwide security as a service market shares for 2017.
"No doubt about, security as a service is becoming the mainstream medium for security product delivery. Physical appliances were expensive, and enterprise ...
This IDC Vendor Profile focuses on Tripwire as it is gaining attention for enabling organizations to maintain security, safety, and reliability of their industrial control system environments while edge devices and cloud connectivity are ...
Worldwide Endpoint Encryption Market Shares, 2017: Established Vendors Brace for Cloud Impact
This IDC study discusses the file encryption and full disk encryption products for the worldwide endpoint encryption market. The endpoint security market, which consists of file encryption and full disk encryption products, reached $608.6 ...
This IDC Survey Spotlight details answers to an essential question in IDC's 2018 Data Services for Hybrid Cloud Survey: "How do GDPR compliance actions differ between EMEA and North America?" It provides key findings and strategic ...
This IDC Market Note discusses key management–as-a-service (KMAAS) adoption. The worldwide market for KMAAS has exceeded $150 million and is expected to experience double-digit growth over the next several years as KMAAS services from Amazon, ...
This Market Note encompasses IDC's thoughts on the 27th RSA Conference held April 16–20, 2018, in San Francisco. The RSA Conference is traditionally the place where network security vendors, DevOps teams, and cloud and infrastructure service ...
This IDC study uses the IDC MarketScape model to evaluate the key criteria for seven different vendors in the data loss protection market.
"Data security is a crucial element for any security program," said Rob Westervelt, research ...
This IDC Market Note explores Sophos' midmarket strategy and description of a modern IT security architecture.
Sophos issued a "next-gen manifesto" to explain how the components of its security product portfolio meet or exceed competitor ...