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 Perspective investigates global Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellations to extend high-speed broadband internet and wireless to unserved areas.
"Renewed interest in Low Earth Orbit satellite constellations has resulted ...
This IDC Web Conference presents a discussion by IDC's Alan Webber on the impact that new technologies, like artificial intelligence and analytics, and growing volumes of customer data will have on the customer experience, and ultimately ...
This IDC Perspective looks at key developments and news regarding European digital hospitals in 3Q19. It highlights major ICT deals signed and major initiatives put in place. Hospital technology vendors and service providers should examine ...
This IDC Perspective discusses how online shopping and an explosion in grocery fulfillment options have put a microscope on grocery operators' ability to digitally transform to both defend their regional and national market positions and ...
This IDC study represents a vendor assessment of providers offering enterprise mobile mobility management (EMM) software through the IDC MarketScape model, specifically in the context of small and medium-sized business (SMB) deployments. ...
This IDC study represents a vendor assessment of providers offering enterprise mobile mobility management (EMM) software through the IDC MarketScape model, specifically in the context of ruggedized and IoT device deployments. The assessment ...
This IDC Perspective offers CMOs and their management teams and C-suite colleagues a window into the results of IDC's 2019 Tech Marketing Benchmark Survey. A 56-page extended study with details on this survey (now in its 17th year) ...
This IDC Tech Buyer Presentation empowers executives from across the urban transportation ecosystem — city mobility planners, urban transit strategic planners, car OEM strategists, ride-hailing and ride-sharing operators, and technology ...
This IDC Tech Buyer Presentation provides an overview of the worldwide telecommunications service provider industry for the half-year period ending June 2019. It also showcases the recent trends in various areas such as revenue, revenue ...
This IDC Government Insights Perspective presents Smart City developments in Europe during July–September 2019. It covers major ICT contracts, projects, pilots, product announcements, and business activities. The document organizes European ...
This IDC study explores the impact that technology will have on customer experience.
According to Alan Webber, program vice president for Customer Experience at IDC, "The customer experience space is in a period of significant shift ...
This IDC study provides our top 10 predictions for the worldwide next-generation automotive market. These predictions reflect IDC's vision for the 10 most important trends in this market over the next 60 months (through 2025). Technology ...
This IDC study discusses the worldwide blockchain top 10 predictions for 2020.
"Blockchain has been attracting all types of attention in the past few years," said James Wester, research director, Worldwide Blockchain Strategies at ...
This IDC study focuses on intelligent enterprise applications and ERP and its use within enterprises worldwide.
"Competitive differentiation requires digital transformation initiatives and modernized and innovative technology. Intelligent ...
This IDC study discusses the health industry top 10 predictions for 2020.
"The 2020 worldwide health industry predictions highlight the evolution of healthcare and life science organizations in the race to becoming future enterprises," ...
This IDC study contains the outlook of IDC Energy Insights' analyst team for the worldwide mining industry for 2020–2025. The outlook is presented through the lens of the 10 predictions that make up, in IDC Energy Insights' view, the framework ...
This IDC study provides IDC's top 10 predictions for payment strategies for 2020 and beyond.
According to Rivka Gewirtz Little, research director, Worldwide Payment Strategies, "Payment modernization goes beyond speed and will be defined ...
This IDC study presents the IDC Worldwide Robotics' analysis of key drivers related to robotics and drone technologies.
"The interplay and convergence between technologies, such as 5G, edge computing, mobility, open source, cloud AI, ...
This IDC study discusses the worldwide connected devices and consumer DX 2020 predictions.
"As the workplace continues to evolve at an ever-quickening rate, organizations are asking IT to procure, deploy, manage, and secure an increasingly ...
This IDC study provides IDC's top 10 predictions for enterprise network infrastructure for 2020 and beyond.
"Digital transformation has simultaneously created pressure on enterprise networks to evolve to meet the increasing demands ...
This IDC study highlights key trends in digital business models and monetization technology adoption and presents the top 10 predictions and key drivers for the next five years.
"As the pace of digital innovation quickens, so does ...
This IDC study provides IDC's top 10 Smart City and Communities predictions for 2020.
"Regional and municipal governments are working hard to keep pace with technology advances and take advantage of new opportunities in the context ...
This IDC study presents the 2020 top 10 predictions for the mobility and telecommunications market.
"To implement competitive services that facilitate dynamic, reliable engagement with customers and partners, enterprises require a ...
This IDC FutureScape provides the outlook of IDC Energy Insights' analyst team for the worldwide utility industry for 2020, as well as the planning horizon for the next five years.
"It is not easy, but utilities must maintain the ...
This IDC Presentation discusses strategic considerations for carriers mulling MEC investments. This presentation was presented as a keynote session at the SDN NFV World Congress 2019, The Hague, Netherlands, on October 16, 2019.
This IDC presentation talks about the top-level business concerns, government initiatives, and technology trends that have a direct impact on the growth of smart manufacturing in India. The presentation also includes some recommendations ...
This IDC Perspective presents an overview of the key takeaways from the recent SAP Industries Analyst Base Camp (IABC) in Newton Square, Pennsylvania. During the annual event, SAP executives presented the company's mission via keynotes, ...
This IDC Perspective details the journey of POS systems in the Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) (APEJ) retail context. POS systems will undergo a parallel evolution with traditional supply chain transformation, from a margin-driven linear ...
This IDC Perspective examines how enterprise mobile device enrollment programs can help organizations deploy corporate-liable devices across their organization. This document provides insight into why these programs are of benefit to large ...
This IDC study explores 3rd Platform and other new technologies for changing previous customer centricity approaches or frameworks in Asia/Pacific banks. The focus of this study spans planning (why, what, and who) to designing (how) without ...
This IDC Presentation provides an overview of Industry 4.0 policy, progress, and resultant technology adoption across 11 countries in the Asia/Pacific region (excluding Japan), or APEJ. Industry 4.0 policy creation intends to motivate industrial ...
This IDC Perspective identifies low-code/no-code mobile apps as a driver of the future of work. This document discusses organizations' workflow priorities for mobilization and characterizes the workspace as one where nontechnical app developers ...
This IDC Perspective investigates how digital transformation impacts mobility (also transportation) hubs — such as major bus, metro and train stations, and airports — that provide the physical and digital infrastructure and services that ...
This IDC discusses micro-mobility vehicles (also called personal mobility devices or PMDs) and their impact on city living in Europe. PMDs such as bicycles, scooters, and mopeds are changing how people move in European cities. They can increase ...
This IDC study uses the IDC MarketScape model to provide an assessment of vendors participating in the mobile app security testing (MAST) market. This study specifically analyzed MAST software offerings from MAST vendors that have a strong ...
This IDC Perspective provides an overview and analysis of telecom and cable service provider network M&A deals, joint ventures (JVs), and IPOs disclosed in 1H19. The document is limited to M&A deals in which the acquirer would take ...
This IDC Presentation provides IDC's perspective on the future of retail and emphasizes how important it is to adapt for the modern customer now. In this IDC Presentation, IDC Retail Insights answers three questions for the retail technology ...
This IDC PlanScape outlines a framework for merchandising and IT leaders in retail organizations to better understand and communicate the need for revisiting their investments in the critical foundational system for retailers — merchandising ...
This IDC Tech Buyer Presentation identifies the digital transformation (DX) use cases associated with life science R&D strategies and provides guidance on how to prioritize them to develop a DX road map.
This IDC study presents assessment of eight CDN vendors that provide commercial CDN services on a global basis. The assessment is based on their current capabilities and future strategies for delivering CDN services. This is the first comprehensive ...
"Indian industrial organisations across oil and gas manufacturing and utilities are just in the early phases of looking to what an Industry 4.0–related operational transformation strategy can do to deliver efficiency, productivity, and improved ...
This IDC Perspective presents an overview of key takeaways from SAP Industry Analyst Base Camp (IABC) in SAP's Newtown Square headquarters, with a focus on SAP's retail vision. During the event, SAP executives presented the company's mission ...