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 Presentation discusses the Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) (APEJ) regionalization of the Worldwide IT Industry FutureScape for 2019. It provides an outlook view of the ICT industry as it relates to tech buyers' road maps, priorities, ...
This IDC Presentation discusses the Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) regionalization of the IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Cloud 2019 Predictions (IDC #US43001718, ...
This IDC study lays out a basic framework for financial institutions to create a strategy toward a KYC process that is efficient and comprehensive.
"Financial institutions should develop a comprehensive KYC strategy and road map. ...
This IDC study provides an assessment of the leading SaaS and cloud-enabled ERP accounts receivable and accounts payable software solutions and discusses what criteria are most important for companies to consider when selecting a system.
This IDC study examines the key omni-channel and other advanced capabilities that vendors are building into the point-of-sale (POS) software solutions for the quick-service restaurant (QSR) segment and evaluates POS software vendors offering ...
This IDC study represents a vendor assessment of providers offering mobile threat management (MTM) software through the IDC MarketScape model. The assessment reviews both quantitative and qualitative characteristics that define current market ...
This IDC Retail Insights study evaluates worldwide enterprise consulting and system integration organizations that provide specific capabilities in designing and managing organizational change, implementation, and supporting the evolution ...
This IDC PlanScape presents a digital transformation (DX) framework that enables manufacturing organizations to develop or improve their own road map for smart manufacturing. Smart manufacturing use cases represent a subset of use cases ...
This IDC PlanScape highlights digital transformation for distributed energy resource management systems (DERMSs).
The use cases related to DERMSs are aligned across three time horizons: Horizon 1 identifies use cases that can be deployed ...
This IDC study analyzes select strategic consulting providers in the PLM market.
"In this time of digital innovation platforms, digital threads, and digital transformation, manufacturers need partners that extend and multiply innovation, ...
This IDC study provides an evaluation of seven vendors that provide payer solutions for provider data management. The vendors we chose include front-runners in the industry that were chosen for their market share and penetration of their ...
This IDC study uses the IDC MarketScape model to provide an assessment of a number of providers participating in the worldwide multi-enterprise supply chain commerce network market. The IDC MarketScape is an evaluation based on a comprehensive ...
This IDC study provides a systematic assessment of enterprise location-based services software platforms in the context of established and emerging use cases and deployment scenarios. The IDC TechScape is an evaluation based on a comprehensive ...
This IDC study uses the IDC MarketScape model to provide an assessment of vendors participating in the B2B-focused price optimization application market.
"If your company makes, distributes, or sells a significant number of items, ...
This IDC study assesses the market for contractual print and document services among foremost global hardcopy vendors and identifies their strengths and challenges. This assessment discusses both the quantitative and qualitative characteristics ...
This IDC study provides the outlook of IDC Energy Insights' analyst team for the worldwide oil and gas industry for 2019, as well as the planning horizon for the next five years.
"Oil and gas companies have finally stopped waiting ...
This IDC Financial Insights study uses the IDC MarketScape model to present a 2018-2019 assessment of 13 vendor companies servicing the insurance organizations across the globe in their digital transformation (DX) initiatives. This research ...
This IDC FutureScape covers a global and regional outlook of the internet of things (IoT) industry along with the top 10 predictions for 2019. Each prediction is presented based on the timeline projection, complexity assessment, and organizational ...
This IDC PlanScape aims to help service leaders and IT within manufacturing organizations rethink the way in which service parts management needs to evolve as more products and equipment become connected. The IoT has enabled a wealth of ...
This IDC PlanScape presents a digital transformation road map framework that enables human resource organizations to develop their own digital transformation road map for achieving a strategically aligned workforce.
"The majority ...
This IDC Tech Buyer Presentation discusses the Canadian regionalization of IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Health Industry 2019 Predictions (IDC #US43122618, October ...
This IDC FutureScape presents the top 10 predictions and key drivers for the Western European IT industry for the next five years.
The predictions track the biggest IT story of our time: the digital transformation (DX) of modern enterprises ...
This IDC study should be read in conjunction with IDC MaturityScape: Curated Merchandise Orchestration 1.0 (IDC #US43293616, December 2017). Together, they provide ...
This IDC PeerScape presents five practices for cities contemplating implementing smart parking. These practices center on data ownership, selecting areas for pilots, the limitation of in-ground sensors, the importance of stakeholder input, ...
This IDC PeerScape will highlight three practices to consider when implementing a new AML TM system. These practices were presented to IDC Financial Insights from several financial institutions (FIs) of various sizes. The individuals that ...
This IDC study provides a systematic assessment of technologies related to the adoption of virtual client computing. This IDC TechScape is an evaluation model based on a comprehensive framework and a set of parameters that assess a technology's ...
This IDC study represents a vendor assessment of providers offering enterprise mobile application development and testing (DevOps) services through the IDC MarketScape model. The assessment reviews both quantitative and qualitative characteristics ...
This IDC PeerScape explores true IT organizational transformation and the approaches taken by four CIOs across the energy, pharmaceuticals, and academic sectors to achieve lasting, business-focused digital transformation. Each of these IT ...
This IDC PeerScape describes how chief information officers (CIOs) in four enterprises — Procter & Gamble Co., Beachbody LLC, State Auto Insurance Companies, and Cushman & Wakefield Inc. — are fostering an innovation culture, feeding ...
This IDC PlanScape highlights digital transformation for value-based care management.
"Healthcare organizations should customize the road map for DX using the use cases in this document as building blocks. Factors such as current state ...
"Technology is changing work as we know it. This impacts organizations' culture, required skills, the way talent is sourced, the workspace, and the nature and makeup of the workforce itself. Every organization needs to be prepared to embrace ...
This IDC study explores how different drivers are collectively impacting technology in the health industry and offers guidance on actions to consider. Healthcare and life science organizations are hard pressed in the new digital era to respond ...
This IDC FutureScape presents the IDC Worldwide Robotics team's analysis of key drivers relating to robotics and drone technologies, and how these drivers are likely to shape the development of robotics and drones in the planning horizon ...
This IDC study provides manufacturers with our top 10 predictions for 2019.
According to Reid Paquin, research director, IT Priorities and Strategies, IDC Manufacturing Insights, "The manufacturing industry continues to evolve. Digital ...
This IDC study provides IDC's top 10 Smart City and Communities predictions for 2019. The IDC Smart Cities and Communities team outlines key recommendations for government leaders who want to understand trends impacting IT investments and ...
This IDC study explores how different drivers are collectively impacting technology in the retail industry and offers guidance on actions to consider. Retail organizations are hard pressed in the new digital era to respond to a wide range ...
This IDC Financial Insights study presents the top 10 predictions for the financial services industries. Each prediction is shaped by a common set of key drivers that provides a planning tool for technology leaders and their line-of-business ...
This IDC study provides IDC's 2019 top 10 predictions for intelligent ERP systems and intelligent enterprise applications.
"Intelligent ERP and intelligent enterprise applications are changing businesses' reliance on technology, moving ...
This IDC FutureScape provides worldwide education 2019 top 10 predictions.
"An education IT initiative is not about how many cutting-edge devices or intelligent solutions will be in next year's budget. The focus should be on discovering ...
This IDC study provides IDC's top 10 predictions for manufacturing product and service innovation for 2019 and beyond.
"Engineering and R&D teams also realize that to increase their product's success rate, they must work with an ...
This IDC study presents IDC's developer- and DevOps-related top 10 predictions for 2019.
"Never before have there been more changes to tools, processes, and deployment environments happening in parallel. If the shift from on-premises ...
This IDC study provides our top 10 predictions for the worldwide connected vehicle market for 2019. These predictions reflect IDC's vision for the 10 most important trends in this market over the next 60 months (through 2024). Technology ...
This IDC study for the 2019 mobility market provides our global team's view on some of the key topics we expect to affect businesses over the next few years. Some of the topics we raise in this year's IDC FutureScape are:
- Business-transforming ...
This IDC study discusses the top 10 predictions for worldwide national governments in 2019. National governments face a host of challenges in the coming years. Citizen expectations are stoking new investments from government agencies working ...
This IDC study examines how 10 innovation forces will shape the consumer technology market over the next three years.
"Consumer digital transformation (DX) continues to drive new devices, services, technologies, and experiences," says ...
This IDC study presents our worldwide social media team of analysts' view of key drivers and outcomes relating to the evolution of social media.
"The tech-savvy workforce of the future is here. They are hyperconnected, social, collaborative, ...