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 represents a vendor assessment of service providers offering unified communications as a service (UCaaS) for enterprise using the IDC MarketScape model. The assessment reviews both quantitative and qualitative characteristics ...
This IDC study represents a vendor assessment of service providers offering unified communications as a service (UCaaS) for SMBs using the IDC MarketScape model. The assessment reviews both quantitative and qualitative characteristics that ...
This IDC study provides an assessment of SaaS and cloud-enabled contract life-cycle management software solutions and discusses what criteria are most important for companies to consider when selecting a system.
"Contract life-cycle ...
This IDC study provides an assessment of SaaS and cloud-enabled procure-to-pay software solutions and discusses what criteria are most important for companies to consider when selecting a system.
"Procure-to-pay solutions have become ...
This IDC study provides an assessment of SaaS and cloud-enabled procurement software solutions and discusses what criteria are most important for companies to consider when selecting a system.
"Procurement solutions are evolving rapidly ...
This IDC study provides an assessment of SaaS and cloud-enabled supplier relationship management software solutions and discusses what criteria are most important for companies to consider when selecting a system.
"Supplier relationship ...
This IDC FutureScape Presentation discusses the impact of the IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Cloud 2021 Predictions ( IDC #US46420120, October 2020) on India. Each prediction is presented based on the timeline projection, ...
According to IDC’s 2020 Supply Chain Survey, almost 75% of Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) (APEJ) manufacturers see the lack of supply chain visibility and resiliency as the top gaps that will likely be problematic for supply ...
This IDC study presents the assessment of 10 communication service providers (CSPs) that provide software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) managed services in the Asia/Pacific region. The assessment is based on their current capabilities, GTM strategies, ...
The unprecedented COVID-19 outbreak is a worldwide crisis that does not spare any region on the planet. Various data sources, including the IDC COVID-19 Wave Survey, indicate that business sentiments in Asia/Pacific ...
This IDC Tech Buyer Presentation provides the Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) (APEJ) regionalization of the Worldwide Small and Medium-Sized Business (SMB) FutureScape for 2021. This FutureScape piece delivers an outlook of the ICT industry ...
Besides the uncertainty stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, during 2021, the regional situation will have to deal with low interest rates, escalating U.S.–China trade friction, formation of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership ...
This IDC study represents a vendor assessment of the Canadian cloud professional services market through the IDC MarketScape model. This IDC study covers a variety of vendors including global systems integrators and Canada-based firms. The ...
This IDC Tech Buyer Presentation highlights the top 10 predictions and key drivers for the European cloud industry over the next five years. It analyzes the IT and business impact of each prediction in the market and provides guidance for ...
This IDC study examines the current state of the digital infrastructure market and provides additional insights about the speed of adoption, technology potential for success, and level of market buzz so that IT and line-of-business decision ...
This IDC study provides a visual representation of the process of technology adoption, dividing technologies into three major categories based on their impact on the organization and assessing technology relative to adoption levels within ...
This IDC Presentation discusses the Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) (APEJ) regionalization of the 2021 Worldwide Cloud Predictions. Each prediction is presented based on timeline projection, cost/complexity assessment, and organizational ...
This IDC study provides an assessment of the SaaS and cloud-enabled accounts payable automation applications for enterprise and discusses the criteria that are important for companies to consider when selecting a system.
This IDC study provides an assessment of the SaaS and cloud-enabled AP automation applications for midmarket and discusses the criteria that are important for companies to consider when selecting a system.
"The ground underneath the ...
This IDC study provides an assessment of the SaaS and cloud-enabled accounts receivable automation applications for enterprise and discusses the criteria that are important for companies to consider when selecting a system.
This IDC study provides an assessment of the SaaS and cloud-enabled accounts receivable automation applications for midmarket and discusses the criteria that are important for companies to consider when selecting a system.
This IDC PeerScape highlights several examples of banks with specific risk or compliance challenges and the actions each took to overcome it.
"Financial institutions cannot adequately transform themselves without appropriate digital ...
This IDC study represents a vendor assessment of the Oracle cloud implementation services ecosystem through the IDC MarketScape model. This assessment discusses both quantitative and qualitative characteristics that explain success in the ...
This IDC study evaluates the population health analytics vendor market. The market remains stable as clients demand and vendors deliver the functionality to ingest the growing number of new data types and sources such as SDoH. Other advancements ...
The IDC study provides a visual representation of the process of technology adoption, dividing technologies into three major categories based on their impact on the organization and assessing technology relative adoption levels within their ...
This IDC study provides an assessment of prominent SaaS and cloud-enabled asset-intensive EAM application vendors and discusses what criteria are most important for companies to consider when selecting a software solution.
This IDC study represents a vendor assessment of cloud enterprise performance management (EPM) software for planning, budgeting, and forecasting through the IDC MarketScape model. This assessment discusses both quantitative and qualitative ...
This IDC study represents a vendor assessment of providers offering enterprise AM services on the cloud through the IDC MarketScape model. The assessment reviews both quantitative and qualitative characteristics that define current market ...
While the long-term impact of COVID-19 remains to be seen, some changes are obvious as they will merely accelerate existing trends. This means changes in distribution and servicing models, as physical high-touch relationships models will ...
This IDC study provides IDC's 2021 top 10 predictions for the future of digital infrastructure.
"2020 has compelled business leaders to rethink their relationship with digital infrastructure. It has compelled organizations to make ...
This IDC study discusses the top 10 predictions for worldwide future of trust for 2021.
"Organizations' futures are built on trust and that is evident in IDC's top 10 future of trust predictions," according to Michael Suby, IDC research ...
This IDC study explores how hospitality, dining, and travel organizations are responding to the drivers of business and offers guidance on actions to consider.
"The hospitality and travel industries have been thrust into a period of ...
This IDC study discusses the top 10 predictions for worldwide imaging, printing, and document solutions and 3D printing for 2021.
"COVID-19 has interrupted the conventional flow for printing and imaging technologies," says Keith Kmetz, ...
This IDC study presents IDC's intelligent ERP top 10 predictions for 2021.
"COVID-19 has been the tipping point accelerating enterprise application investments as organizations apply speed to their journey of digital transformation. ...
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.
"The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the importance ...
This IDC study discusses the top 10 predictions for worldwide national governments in 2021.
"Right now, 2021 is shaping up to be a unique and challenging year for most national governments," said Shawn P. McCarthy, research director, ...
This IDC study provides IDC's top 10 predictions for worldwide services for 2021 and beyond.
"Organizations' reliance on service firms has grown since the pandemic as assistance is sought to adapt and even thrive in a dramatically ...
This IDC study provides manufacturers and retailers with the top 10 predictions and underlying drivers that we expect will impact IT investments in the supply chain in 2021 and beyond. Technology leaders and their counterparts in the line-of-business ...
This IDC study describes why it is vital for enterprise cloud architects, CloudOps, ITOps, and DevOps teams to adopt connected cloud architectures and how investing in enabling cross-cloud management control planes, AI/ML, and automation ...
This IDC study provides a vendor assessment of major public cloud cold storage service providers through the IDC MarketScape model.
"Enterprises continue to generate and store information at accelerated rates," said Andrew Smith, research ...
This IDC study provides an assessment of the principal B2C digital commerce platforms and discusses what criteria are most important for companies to consider when selecting a system.
"Selecting the right cloud B2C digital commerce ...
This IDC study represents a vendor assessment of the market for PLM applications for apparel, footwear, and retail (AFR) brands through the IDC MarketScape model. It analyzes global software providers in the market today that support the ...
This IDC study provides an assessment of cloud data analytics platform solutions and presents the criteria most important for companies to consider when selecting such a platform in preparation for becoming an intelligent enterprise. This ...
This IDC study represents a vendor assessment of global public cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) providers through the IDC MarketScape model.
"The use of public cloud IaaS by enterprises has rapidly increased in the past two ...
This IDC study presents an assessment of 12 communication service providers that provide managed SD-WAN on a global basis. The assessment is based on the communication SP's current capabilities and future plans for delivering SD-WAN managed ...
This IDC study examines the intelligent digital workspace and provides additional insights about the speed of adoption, technology potential for success, and level of market buzz so that IT and line-of-business decision makers may make their ...
This IDC study represents a vendor assessment of providers offering enterprise legal spend management software through the IDC MarketScape model. The assessment reviews both quantitative and qualitative characteristics that define current ...
This IDC study provides an assessment of prominent SaaS and cloud-enabled PSA ERP software solutions and discusses what criteria are most important for companies to consider when selecting a system.
"Services organizations are rationalizing, ...