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 Market Note analyzes IBM's blockchain vision and business models as discussed at the IBM Analyst Insights 2019 event held in Milan, Italy, on May 8 to 10, 2019.
This IDC Perspective provides a segmented view of hybrid infrastructure usage into a few commonly seen patterns of use. It also lists the specific hybrid integration capabilities that customers need to consider when planning for a hybrid ...
With the aim of patient centricity and enhancement of patient experience, healthcare organizations are already on the path of decentralizing the care-delivery process. Adopting a cloud platform is becoming the 'new norm' in this technologically-driven ...
This IDC Market Note looks at the announcements driving digital transformation at organizations from a developer lens. Digital transformation and demand for innovative applications go hand in hand at enterprises, with organizations looking ...
This IDC Perspective examines network considerations and best practices that enterprise customers can apply to ensure optimal user experience for Office 365 SaaS applications.
"As enterprises increasingly embrace SaaS applications ...
Business model innovation is one of business leaders' top concerns. Driven by price erosion and competitive pressure, organizations are responding with platform thinking in evolving their business models. Platform thinking is a fundamental ...
This IDC Vendor Profile focuses on the VMware SD-WAN by VeloCloud offering. VeloCloud was a networking start-up founded seven years ago. The company quickly became a serious contender in the highly competitive networking market. At the end ...
This IDC Perspective examines how technology can be used to address the challenge telcos face to improve the quality of the customer experience (CX) they provide to their customers. There are plenty of ways to improve CX by increments which ...
This IDC Market Perspective discusses announcements made at the Microsoft Build 2019 conference. Microsoft Build 2019 was a showcase of a broad variety of technologies aimed at empowering modern application developers. Of particular interest ...
This IDC Market Note provides highlights from the major developer conferences held in spring 2019 that are relevant to the competitive environment faced by enterprise mobile app development platform (MADP) vendors. In this Market Note, IDC ...
This IDC Perspective highlights recent digital freight platform investments made by third-party logistics (3PL) providers.
"It will be becoming increasingly important for buyers to evaluate different platform options to help with their ...
Late last year we identified the need for telcos to undertake a comprehensive transformation — a revolution — in how they organize their internal operations. Earlier this year, we forecast that the pace of this revolution in telco operations ...
This IDC Market Perspective provides an overview analysis of the top 100 worldwide outsourcing-managed services deals in 2018 as well as trending analysis of these deals for 2016–2018.
"While the worldwide top 100 outsourcing-managed ...
This IDC Market Perspective analyzes the impact of the multicloud strategy on reshaping the future IT environment in the coming years. The organizations in Latin America will have to rethink not only their cloud strategy as a result of multicloud ...
This series of papers is based on IDC research into partners across Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) that struggle with transformational issues despite well knowing that the markets they currently address are rapidly changing and the opportunities ...
This IDC Market Perspective provides details regarding Lexmark's recently announced Cloud Print Infrastructure (CPI) offering. Delivered as a subscription-based, as-a-service solution, Lexmark CPI allows businesses to migrate their entire ...
This IDC Perspective assesses how data protection dynamics in SaaS change, particularly as services such as Microsoft Office 365 adoption accelerates, and its use expands beyond Exchange to other services that include SharePoint, OneDrive, ...
This IDC Perspective highlights important announcements, strategies, and customer conversations that occurred during the conference, Insights 2019, attended by the IDC Manufacturing Insights team.
"ERP is evolving within manufacturing. ...
This was the first time where the two demonstrated cloud-robot integration that allows the control from the cloud to be directly extended to the robot's actions. The on-site integrated systems also demonstrated the collection and ...
This IDC Market Note profiles Sentia, a European managed cloud service provider with deep expertise in migrating traditional on-premise and hosted applications into the cloud, managing IT cloud environments, and modernizing IT estates. The ...