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 Perspective provides an overview of the EMEA utilities industry in 3Q18, covering: M&As, agreements, reorganizations, and major business developments; new financing deals; major completed plant and infrastructure projects; ...
This IDC Market Note discusses Hitachi Vantara's NVMe-based HCI offering announcement at the company's annual user conference, providing IDC's take on the importance of this launch for Hitachi Vantara and for the industry as a whole. On ...
This IDC Market Note reviews Microsoft's announcement of a new quantum materials laboratory in Copenhagen, Denmark, and places it in the context of Microsoft's overall strategy for quantum computing. This additional facility, in conjunction ...
This Market Perspective presents IDC's view on mobile money developments in Sub-Saharan Africa. It highlights emerging trends in the mobile money ecosystem, outlining the key drivers and inhibitors of mobile money services in Sub-Saharan ...
In today's hypercompetitive world, where carriers are facing all sorts of challenges, they can extract immense value from batch analyses, with real-time versions of data traversing through their networks. Although the amount of data generated ...
This IDC TechBrief provides IT and business execs with a snapshot of the market opportunity of device as a service (DaaS) in Western Europe. While IT service providers have been bundling hardware, software, and life-cycle services for a ...
This IDC TechBrief deals with the use of robotic process automation across the life science industry life cycle. As the industry regularly seeks to improve operational effectiveness, RPA offers the potential to automate repetitive manual ...
This IDC Market Perspective provides an overview of technology developments, vendor strategies, positioning relating to Istio, and open source service mesh under the auspices of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF).
This IDC Market Perspective analyzes Anonos' SaveYourData, a EuroPrivacy-certified technology to meet the legal and technical requirements for pseudonymisation under GDPR. The software comes at a time when enterprises are evaluating whether ...
This IDC Perspective looks at the role that infrastructure services will play in the digital transformation of the enterprise over the next three to five years.
"For many organizations, the rapid rise of digital has pushed IT to the ...
This IDC Market Note analyzes recent announcements by Ricoh Spain around workplace transformation and the overall value proposition of Ricoh Europe in this field. The development propels the company into a new attractive market that is driven ...
This IDC Perspective discusses how digital disruptors leverage strategic governance and vendor sourcing and management practices. Several years ago, IDC predicted that over 70% of siloed digital transformation initiatives will ultimately ...
This IDC MeasureScape helps organizations develop new metrics to measure the effectiveness and operational efficiency of datacenter resources. Leadership in IT, building and facility management, and networking/connectivity roles can use ...
This IDC Perspective discusses digital trust, a key economic driver of a digital transformation strategy, as demonstrated by the attention given by the most advanced organizations. The IDC Digital Trust Index provides an early measure of ...
This IDC Perspective provides a model and candidates for the top 10 strategic digital security metrics. Building a strategic digital security metrics program has been an ongoing challenge in cybersecurity for decades. The metrics must properly ...
This IDC Perspective supports DX performance with a pragmatic, actionable discussion of performance management. The study shows how to use a digital transformation (DX) project's key performance indicators (KPIs) to create employee goals ...
This IDC Perspective assesses trends in the white-box server landscape. The growing appetite for enterprise firms, large and small, to shift to a modular, do-it-yourself, software-defined infrastructure is creating opportunities for a well-defined ...
This IDC Perspective is the third and final in IDC's series on how to define, scope, and engage government enterprise digital transformation (DX). This document delves into creating a set of systems and a culture — where successful plans ...
This IDC Perspective provides five key areas of consideration when evaluating finance and accounting BPO providers.
"A provider's ability to transform end-to-end processes by leveraging new technologies (over time) should be part of ...
This IDC Perspective summarizes research from IDC and other organizations and identifies five overarching value propositions to the enterprise for IT certification. To be responsive to the need of the enterprise, IT organizations are attempting ...