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.
Publicis Groupe has completed the $3.95 billion purchase of technology and marketing data provider Epsilon, first announced in April 2019. The move will significantly strengthen Publicis in technology and data, more specifically in onboarding, ...
Sprint Business' Analyst and Consultant Summit 2019 painted a positive picture of key initiatives within the company's product and service portfolio, particularly its IoT business and 5G outlook. And yet there was a general sense that the ...
The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2019 gathered over 8,000 developers in San Jose, California, on June 3–7, 2019, to present Apple's latest developments in its platforms and development tools. This year, Apple showed that it is ready ...
This IDC Link looks at some of the highlights from Computex 2019, which was held in Taipei from May 28 to June 1. These highlights include new design conventions, the battle of the chipmakers, and the introduction of 5G-enabled devices. ...
In a jam-packed, two-hour-plus keynote on June 3, Apple announced plans to update its increasingly wide range of operating systems including macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. The company also unveiled iPadOS, an offshoot of iOS that offers ...
On May 23, Lenovo announced results from its fiscal 4Q19 ending March 31, with revenue reaching $11.7 billion, up 10.1% from the year-ago quarter. Pretax income was up 389% from the prior year to $180 million. For the full fiscal year, the ...
Cisco once again impressed investors with strong quarterly earnings for the third quarter of its 2019 fiscal year. Revenue growth has been consistently positive for six quarters as the company continues to execute on key initiatives, including ...
The partnership announced by Dell, VMware, and Microsoft on April 29, 2019, clarifies and expands the relationship between the three companies. This clarification will lead to both deeper technical integration in their respective products ...
Relative to enterprise mobility, the ability to push modular security updates to Android devices — over the air and separate from larger system-level updates — was the most interesting new security feature previewed at Google I/O 2019, the ...
At Google I/O 2019, Google's developers conference, the tech giant provided additional clarity on its approach to address automotive infotainment and connected service requirements. It outlined a four-pronged strategy to satisfy the ways ...
On 14 May 2019 infrastructure investment company Infratil announced that it, alongside Canadian company Brookfield Asset Management (Brookfield), will purchase Vodafone New Zealand. The transaction means Vodafone New Zealand will separate ...
As technology evolves, so must the solutions that enable people to be productive workers. Modern computing has gone through multiple evolutions since the rise of the PC, and the growing number of connected devices being deployed in enterprise ...
Comcast is acquiring Deep Blue Communications, a leader in the design, installation, and management of commercial Wi-Fi networks. Deep Blue will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Comcast, giving the company additional depth in many key ...
On April 30, Apple announced fiscal year 2Q19 revenue of $58 billion, a decline of 5% from 2Q18. Apple's net income declined 16.36% from $13.82 billion in 2Q18 to $11.56 billion in 2Q19. The segment highlights for the quarter, as compared ...
Juniper Networks announced its 1Q19 results on April 25. Net revenue for 1Q19 was slightly more than $1 billion, a decrease of 7% y/y and a sequential decline of 15% but above the midpoint of prior guidance that Juniper provided. GAAP operating ...
IDC analysts joined a wide cross-section of 5G stakeholders including telecom suppliers, telecom service providers, chip makers, academia, and consortia members at the recent . The annual summit gathers the industry's leading 5G experts ...
On April 22, 2019, Tesla held its first Autonomy Investor Day focused on providing details on its progress, strategy, and timeline for full self-driving autonomous vehicle (AV) capabilities (i.e., SAE Levels 4 and 5). The session showed ...
Containers running on bare metal servers appears to be the unmistakable direction that carriers have chosen for the upcoming buildout of 5G and multi-access edge infrastructure. However, significant work remains to be done in the open source ...
At the Intel 2019 Spring Media and Analyst event, which was held in Taipei on April 24, 2019, Intel announced the launch of its latest-generation of CPUs for notebooks. The 9th generation of CPUs by Intel is designed to cater to the higher-performance ...
Verizon released its 1Q19 earnings results on April 23, 2019, exceeding Wall Street expectations with solid operations and earnings performance, with reported earnings per share of $1.22. The company reported total revenue of $32.1 billion, ...
IDC attended the Huawei Analyst Summit in Shenzhen on April 16–18, 2019, where Huawei introduced its global vision for a more connected and intelligent world based on three pillars: Connectivity, Cloud and Computing.
Apple and Qualcomm put an end to all global litigation. Apple agreed to an undisclosed one-time payment to Qualcomm, a "multiyear" supplier agreement, and a six-year direct licensing agreement (a first) to collaborate in the future. Qualcomm's ...
On April 18, 2019, Orange Business Services held its second Business Summit in Paris with hundreds of enterprise customers, showcasing innovative services in multiple technology domains such as workspace, networking, cloud, security, IoT, ...
Intel has long tried to get into the mobile phone semiconductor market and only had momentum with Apple until Apple settled with Qualcomm.
In recent years, Google has made a tremendous push into the enterprise, tailoring its offerings and strategies on cloud and mobility fronts to address industry-specific solutions for customers in media and entertainment, retail, healthcare, ...
Switzerland has become one of the first European markets to make 5G mobile services commercially available. In our view, the main driver for bringing 5G to market quickly in Europe is to increase network capacity and efficiency, rather than ...
Zoho introduced its new cloud-based Commerce solution and enhancements to its marketing automation capabilities to significantly strengthen its position as an end to end customer experience platform for SMB. In addition to new products, ...
IBM continues to divest applications as it pivots to cloud infrastructure services. Business applications sold as standalone offerings (especially that don't leverage large IBM cloud deals) are obvious candidates – especially given the enormous ...
In the last 12 months, each of New Zealand's three largest telcos, Spark, Vodafone and 2degrees has announced a new CEO. These new CEOs will lead the industry to deliver 5G, fibre unbundling and new digital services.
On March 4, 2019, Juniper Networks announced its intent to acquire Mist Systems, an enterprise wireless local area network (WLAN) vendor that has built a cloud-based management platform that uses artificial intelligence (AI) technology. ...
On March 4, 2019, Salesforce announced its FY 4Q19 and end-of-year earnings. Earnings were solid, with total revenue of $3.60 billion for the quarter, a 26% year-over-year increase from FY 4Q18. Salesforce's 2019 fiscal year revenue was ...
IDC sees the live demo of mobile video delivery across multi-access edge computing (MEC) at Ciena's booth at MWC as particularly significant, considering it provided a simple and elegant illustration of how mobile VNF, virtualized content ...
Lenovo announced results from its fiscal 3Q19 ending December 31, with revenue reaching $14 billion, up 8.5% from the year-ago quarter and the company's highest quarterly revenue in four years. Pretax income was up 133% from the prior year ...
At its UnPacked event in San Francisco on February 20, Samsung unveiled its highly-anticipated foldable smartphone, aptly named the Galaxy Fold. Additionally, Samsung celebrated the tenth anniversary of its popular flagship phone by unveiling ...
Spark says it’s holding on to revenue and market share, and 'grinding out the cost' in its half year results call on 20th February, 2019. Execs spoke of the vision for wireless, the benefits of agile and the imminent launch of ...
At its UNPACKED 2019 event in San Francisco, Samsung announced three new wearable devices: the Galaxy Watch Active, the Galaxy Fit, and the Galaxy Buds. It's a step away from the multipurpose Galaxy Watch released late last year, and instead ...
IBM PartnerWorld, which took place in San Francisco on February 11 prior to the vendor's broader Think conference, provided the opportunity for partners to hear the latest program and strategy developments from key IBM partner executives ...
Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise (ALE) held its annual analyst conference named Connex19 from February 3 to 5, where it outlined its achievements from the previous year and laid out the company's future road map. The company has a multifaceted ...
Google's forthcoming G Suite pricing increases, a first for the company, demonstrate the confidence it has in its enterprise collaboration and productivity suite, as well as a willingness to compete with incumbents such as Microsoft on value ...
Amazon's acquisition of eero will do much to strengthen its competitive position in the smart home market by extending the company's reach to the very heart and soul of the smart home — the wireless internet. The move will fill a gap in ...
Vodafone Business announced on February 6, 2019, that its CEO Brian Humphries is stepping down after two years in post. Humphries initiated some big changes during his tenure as CEO; following his departure, we will see how deeply rooted ...
On January 29, Apple announced calendar year 4Q18 revenue of $84.3 billion, a decline of 5% from 4Q17. At $19.9 billion, profit was flat when compared with $20 billion from 4Q17. We call out segment highlights for the quarter as compared ...
On January 29, 2019, Verizon released its 4Q18 and full-year 2018 earnings results. The company's full-year 2018 revenue was $130.9 billion, an increase of 3.8% over full-year 2017 revenue. The company's reported revenue for 4Q18 was $34.3 ...
This IDC Link focuses on the European enterprise mobility implications of the venture announced by IBM and Vodafone to provide businesses with 5G, edge, and software-defined networking capabilities in concert with IBM's array of cloud and ...
Since the introduction of the Android Enterprise Recommended (AER) program in early 2018, Google has focused on growing the number of participating device OEM partners, ensuring that the program covers a wide range of both knowledge worker ...