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 Note includes news about imaging, printing, and document solutions vendors that occurred in June and early July 2019.
On July 2, 2019, Ricoh announced the intent to acquire DocuWare later this summer with the goal to strengthen its digital workplace strategy and tie traditional multifunctional print (MFP) streams to digital business workflow. This move ...
This IDC Market Share analyzes the Western Europe device and print management markets for 2016 to 2018.
"There is gradual digitization — transition from paper to digital documents — driven by the availability and adoption of 3rd Platform ...
U.S. A3/A4 Monochrome Laser MFP Market Shares, 2018: A4 Continues to Make Gains at A3's Expense
This IDC study provides a review of the 2018 U.S. A3/A4 monochrome laser MFP market. Unit shipments, value of shipments, and average selling value (ASV) information are presented, and all data for the 2016–2018 period is actual.
This IDC study provides a review of the 2018 U.S. color laser A3/A4 MFP market. Unit shipments and value of shipments information are presented, and all data for 2016–2018 is actual.
"Color laser MFPs continue to be one of the few ...
IoT: IT Is Supporting the IoT — Predictive Support for Critical Systems and Devices That Create Better Business Decisions and Outcomes
This IDC Market Perspective shows how enterprises can use existing IT infrastructure and a multitude of vendor resources to develop IoT support and deployment strategies. Predictive analytics will play a major role in supporting business-critical ...
This IDC Technology Segment study provides HCP market unit, value, and share data in Morocco for 2014–2018. It presents in-depth and up-to-date profiles of the leading vendors, covering their local presence, 2018 revenue breakdowns by line ...
Ricoh Moves Its Production of United States–Destined MFPs in Anticipation of Another Round of U.S.-China Trade War Tariffs
A report from Japan indicates that Ricoh, a major MFP manufacturer, is in the process of moving production of its MFPs intended for sale in the U.S. market from China to Thailand. The move is in anticipation of another round of U.S.-China ...
This IDC study addresses overall market shifts and provides strategies for technology suppliers to leverage the worldwide opportunity for document solutions software.
"Fueled by increased cloud adoption, the move of MPDS down market, ...
This IDC Market Note includes news about vendors' imaging, printing, and document solutions that occurred in April 2019.
Worldwide and U.S. Device and Print Management Market Shares, 2018: Cloud Adoption and Workflow Integration Drive Growth
This IDC study provides the worldwide and U.S. market share data for the device management and print management markets for the calendar year 2018. The market shares include only revenue generated by the original software manufacturer, meaning ...
This IDC Market Note discusses news in March 2019 related to the production and industrial printer market, as well as IDC's view of these updates.
This IDC study provides a review of the 2018 U.S. digital production print marketplace, with rankings by shipments and value of shipments.
"In 2018, the production print product mix continued to shift, as the cost benefits and uptime ...
This IDC Market Note includes news about imaging, printing, and document solutions vendors that occurred in March 2019.
This IDC Market Presentation provides production print vendors with an overview of the Western European production print market. It reviews their 2017 and 2018 performance and explores emerging themes and trends that will impact the market ...
This IDC study provides a review of the 2018 U.S. multifunction peripheral (MFP) marketplace.
"The U.S. MFP market is mature, and technology suppliers are improving the user experience, security features, and form factor design to ...
This IDC Market Note includes news about printer vendors that occurred in February 2019.
This IDC Market Note includes news and IDC's views regarding 3D, production, and industrial printer news that occurred in March 2019.
This IDC Market Note reviews some of the key print solutions showcased at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2019 and looks at how vendor solutions are evolving to embrace and benefit from emerging technologies such as automation to compete in an increasingly ...
This IDC Market Perspective provides a look at what some of the vendors in the print hardcopy and solutions space were focusing on at the 2019 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Global Conference & Exhibition. ...
This IDC study uses the IDC MarketScape model to evaluate a number of vendors participating in the smart MFP market. The IDC MarketScape is an evaluation based on a comprehensive framework and a set of parameters that assess vendors relative ...
This IDC Market Note covers printer vendor news that occurred in January 2019.