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 Forecast describes the size and growth of IT professionals' employment by role and region for 2019–2024. The document includes our forecast across 41 different job roles and an analysis of some of the key factors influencing ...
This IDC study provides a 2021–2025 forecast for the worldwide IT operations management software market.
According to Tim Grieser, research vice president, Enterprise System Management Software at IDC, "The worldwide IT operations ...
This IDC study presents IDC's first global forecast of CO2 emissions savings from cloud computing.
"IDC has been tracking the server market and quantifying compute power for nearly all of its 50+ years," says John Gantz, ...
This IDC study provides a 2021–2025 forecast for the worldwide IT automation and configuration management software market.
According to Tim Grieser, research vice president, Enterprise System Management Software, "The worldwide IT ...
This IDC study presents a five-year forecast for the APEJ manufacturing IT applications industry as of September 2020. It reviews and analyzes market context, including both drivers and inhibitors of IT application growth. It also highlights ...
This IDC study provides an analysis of the Japan unified communications and collaboration workspace market share based on vendor revenue performance in 2019. IDC classifies the market into four major solution segments — the IP telephony ...
As enterprises in Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) (APEJ) turned to new ways of working and serving customers remotely, application management (AM) SPs were quick to help enterprises remain resilient during the disruptions brought by the COVID-19 ...
This IDC study provides an overview of computing platforms market. In 2021, the taxonomy has been significantly overhauled to include non-rack and custom rack form factors (including accommodations for systems deployed in supercomputing). ...
This IDC Market Forecast discusses the European fixed business voice services market for 2019 to 2024. It examines the transition from TDM to IP voice services and from on-premises voice platforms to hosted services. IDC data products, such ...
This IDC study presents the Japan AI software platform market share based on the 2019 revenue performance. "Enterprise users are entering a new phase of continuous development and operation of AI applications utilizing AI software platforms. ...
This IDC Market Share discusses trends and vendor dynamics in the system and service management software market in Western Europe.
"Despite the COVID-19 pandemic's unprecedent impact on the economy, the SSM market remained resilient ...
This IDC study presents the top 61 IT services providers in South Africa, including their market shares, based on their respective performances in 2019. Furthermore, it examines the performances of the top five IT services providers in South ...
This IDC study provides a comprehensive overview and definitions for IDC's enterprise storage systems research, outlining market segmentations and measurement methodologies for the storage industry including classification by technology, ...
This IDC study provides a taxonomical overview of the datacenter IT OEM and ODM supplier market, including definitions used in the Computing Platforms and Storage ODM Direct QView. This taxonomy has been significantly overhauled to increase ...
This IDC study describes the size and growth of IT professionals by role and region for 2019–2024.The document includes our forecast across 41 different job roles and an analysis of some of the key factors influencing IT professional employment ...
This IDC study provides a comprehensive overview of and definitions for hardcopy peripherals. The definitions provided in this document represent the scope of IDC's HCP hardware research. This taxonomy outlines market segmentations and measurement ...
This IDC study presents an outlook for the server DRAM DIMM market for the 2021–2025 period. The DRAM industry dynamics and the server workload changes are aggregated, analyzed, and applied to this long-term DIMM forecast in terms of units ...
This IDC study provides a comprehensive overview and definitions for job roles and job role groups used to label activities within information and communication technology (ICT). This taxonomy forms the basis for estimates of full-time equivalents ...
This IDC study provides a detailed description of IDC's worldwide company size methodology and taxonomy. This document should be used as a companion piece for IDC's Worldwide Small and Medium Business Spending Guide and all of IDC's worldwide ...
This IDC study breaks down the Japan system and service management software market by functional market segment and provides market forecasts from 2020 to 2024. It also provides market forecasts for the system and service management software ...
This IDC study extracts the market that drives workstyle transformation from the entire ICT market to explore and analyze the market size and trends. It estimates the market size and summarizes the market trends with reference to the questionnaires ...
This IDC study presents the vendor share of the Japan big data and analytics (BDA) software market based on its performance in 2019. IDC divides the BDA software market into three major submarkets, which are further divided into 16 functional ...
This IDC Market Share study examines the 10 largest managed services providers in 2019 and how their market shares evolved in the context of market developments and dynamics. The top 10 managed service providers accounted for 42.8% of the ...
This IDC study presents IDC's taxonomy of the cybersecurity software and appliance market. It provides definitions of security solutions in five functional markets, four product types, and three deployment types. This taxonomy forms the ...
This IDC Market Forecast analyzes the European unified communications as a service market over the 2019–2024 forecast period.
"Cloud-based communication enables businesses to adapt their work environments to their distributed workforce, ...
This IDC Market Share analyzes the evolution of the intelligent application services vendor market shares in Europe in 2020.
"Intelligent application services in Europe is now coming of age. DevOps is now a major investment focus for ...
This IDC Market Forecast presents a view of AI software platforms revenue from historical year 2019 and 2020-2024. IDC sees AI software platforms being used in a wide variety of industries and application types.
"The AI software platforms ...
This IDC study provides a sizing of the employee experience software and services markets in 2019 and a 2020–2024 forecast.
"The bottom line is that the road to recovery can be significantly helped with a focus on employee experience. ...
This IDC study provides a 2020–2024 forecast for the worldwide project and portfolio management software market, which grew 4.5% to $3.9 billion in 2019 with current IDC numbers (compared with growth of 6.7% to $3.7 billion in 2018). We ...
This IDC study provides a 2020–2024 forecast update for the worldwide software change, configuration, and process management (SCCPM) market. We have slightly more than doubled our initial, overly conservative forecast for this market to ...
This IDC study provides an updated analysis of the 2020–2024 automated software quality (ASQ) market forecast. It discusses IDC's ASQ assessment for a market that showed single-digit growth of 4.9% to $2.9 billion in 2019 (compared with ...
This IDC study presents an overview of Oman's IT services market in 2019 and forecasts expenditure through 2024. The study includes market size and distribution analysis by vertical market and IDC's 12 foundation market categories.
This IDC study sizes and forecasts mobile in-app and in-game advertising and the payout to developers/publishers from that spending, broken down by region and by ad format. Mobile advertising revenue is also broken out by major type, format, ...
This IDC study provides forecasts for spending and shipments in the Japan hyperconverged systems market from 2020 to 2024. It also provides spending forecasts by company size, industry segment, region, workload, and solution type (appliance/rack ...
The IDC Market Forecast examines the collaborative applications market. It outlines major market trends and provides recommendations for market players.
"Collaborative applications will play a crucial role in the future as enterprises ...
This IDC study provides an updated market sizing for the worldwide customer service applications software market based on completed revenue modeling and a revised forecast over a 10-year period and including consideration for the impact ...
This study presents revenue share and system unit shipment share by system vendor, and solution revenue share by hyperconverged software vendor in the Japan hyperconverged systems market.
"The Japan hyperconverged systems market continued ...
This IDC study provides an update on some of the most prominent use cases being adopted in the precision agriculture space. IDC has created a use case taxonomy for the digital transformation of multiple industry segments. The taxonomy follows ...
This IDC study provides a forecast for the worldwide product information management and syndication applications market through 2024 by cloud versus on-premises deployments and by global regions. The product information management and syndication ...
This IDC study discusses the performance of the business consulting firms for 2019.
"In 2019, the consulting services market has shown yet another year of sequential growth, as clients are looking to business consulting firms to seek ...
This IDC study examines the market share of container infrastructure software vendors in 2019 as well as the market forces that influenced their performances. Container infrastructure software is a competitive market within IDC's software ...
This IDC study examines the software construction components and tools market. The market experienced modest growth in 2019 but is expected to deliver strong growth in the years ahead.
"The software construction components and tools ...
This IDC study provides historical data (2015–2019) and forecast data (2020–2024) for the worldwide service provider compute and storage infrastructure market. The forecast and historical data illustrate consumption of infrastructure hardware ...
This IDC study examines the software construction components market. The market experienced strong growth in 2019 as a result of the continued intensification of digital transformation initiatives. While the intensification of digital transformation ...
This IDC study presents our taxonomy for the enterprise network infrastructure market as covered in the quarterly Worldwide Network Infrastructure QView and the Worldwide UC&C QView. It provides the definitions of Ethernet switch, router, ...
This IDC study provides our updated 2020–2024 forecast for the cloud system and service management software market. IDC now expects the worldwide market for cloud systems and service management software will total $21.9 billion in 2024, ...
This IDC Technology Segment study assesses South Africa's 2019 IT services market and forecasts the market's expenditure through 2024. The study includes market size and distribution analyses by vertical market and IDC's 12 foundation market ...