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 considers the collective technologies in the application life-cycle, development, DevOps, and PaaS market areas.
"Given the high degree of interest in moving to an agile, DevOps-managed development and deployment practice, ...
This IDC Market Glance provides a high-level representative view of unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) vendors and service providers in each of the technology categories presented. UC&C solutions are designed to increase ...
This IDC Market Presentation provides an overview of the key events that occurred during the second half of the 2018 calendar year that involve or address the artificial intelligence and data analytics market in Canada. A short analysis ...
Europe Will Spend $815 Million on Blockchain Technologies in 2019, Reaching $3.6 Billion in 2022, According to IDC
This IDC Perspective describes the benefits of moving throughout the stages of cloud strategy in a quick and efficient manner. The purpose is to stress the importance of a longer-term vision when planning a cloud migration. The content describes ...
This IDC Market Analysis Perspective provides a comprehensive look into the transformation of the enterprise infrastructure market and the evolution of the cloud platforms in the Nordic countries. It presents a top-level forecast, examines ...
This IDC Market Note provides an analysis of the recent Amazon Web Services (AWS)-sponsored luncheon in Hong Kong on March 6, 2019. AWS is seeking to market itself to enterprises that are yet to take steps into the cloud and need to do so ...
This IDC Survey Spotlight discusses results from IDC's 2019 Industry Cloud Council Survey, which polled 86 organizations across 8 industries (financial services, government, healthcare, life sciences, manufacturing, oil and gas, retail, ...
This IDC Survey describes the adoption and use of artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning frameworks, general-purpose commercial AI software platforms, and conversational AI platforms by organizations developing or customizing AI applications ...
AWS Professional Services: Rethinking Services and Partnerships for Customer Success with Cloud
This IDC Vendor Profile analyzes AWS Professional Services — the global team of experts inside AWS that helps clients realize their desired business outcomes when using the AWS Cloud. This Vendor Profile examines the company strategy, service ...
This IDC TechBrief discusses the current state of blockchain technology and how it will impact technology vendors and buyers in terms of the infrastructure required to establish blockchain solutions. Although blockchain is still in its earliest ...
Insights from IT Professionals on How IoT Impacts Organizations' Businesses and IT Infrastructures
This IDC Survey includes analysis of a survey of 500+ IT professionals in the United States on the impact of IoT on their organizations' businesses and IT infrastructure strategies. The survey was conducted December 2018-January 2019 and ...
Amazon Outposts: An On-Premise as-a-Service Hardware Solution — If I Have Prime, Do I Get Free Two-Day Shipping?
This IDC Market Note reviews the November 2018 AWS Outposts announcement and reviews the market opportunities and challenges of this new model.
"AWS' Outposts announcement signaled that AWS is ready to expand into the traditional infrastructure ...
This IDC Market Presentation provides an overview of the key events that occurred during the second half of the 2018 calendar year that involve or address the public cloud services market in Canada. A short analysis of each event is included.
What AWS's Launch of its Own Backup Solution for Hybrid Cloud Means for the Data Protection Market
Amazon has launched its own policy-based backup solution to allow public cloud users to back up many popular AWS services in a centralized and automated way.
"This has the potential to change the storage and backup ecosystem dynamics ...
Red Hat's recent launch of OperatorHub.io, in collaboration with a range of partners (Google Cloud, AWS, and Microsoft), offers enterprises a single open source destination to locate and download native full-stack Kubernetes Operator automations ...
These event proceedings were presented at the IDC Directions conferences in Santa Clara and Boston in March 2019.
The pace of innovation in the cloud infrastructure landscape shows no signs of peaking; providers continue to update ...
Amazon's Investment in EV Start-Up Rivian Expands Footprint in Autonomous, Connected, Electric, and Shared Services
On February 15, the start-up manufacturer of electric vehicles (EVs) Rivian announced a new round of funding led by Amazon. The company, which is targeting shipment of its first production vehicles in 2020, had largely operated in stealth ...
This IDC Market Glance provides a glance at the current makeup of the IT/OT convergence market landscape for manufacturing industries.
This IDC Market Glance provides an overview of the current infrastructure for accelerated compute landscape, describes the structure and segments of the market, and illustrates the vendors participating in each segment.
This IDC Market Glance provides an overview of the vendors participating in the container infrastructure software ecosystem.
This IDC Market Glance provides a snapshot of the current intelligent urban transportation landscape globally, including the definitions of the major segments of the market, the structure of the market, and the vendors participating in each ...