An Overview of International Data Corporation (IDC): Your Top Questions Answered

IDC-logo-500x150-blue400International Data Corporation (IDC) is a leading global provider of market insights, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. Thousands of market research reports by IDC are currently available on

To help you better understand this research provider and their unique expertise, here are some answers to frequently asked questions about IDC.

What is IDC? What is IDC used for?

IDC offers global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries. IDC's analysis and insight helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community to make fact-based technology decisions and to achieve their key business objectives. Founded in 1964, IDC is a wholly owned subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG, Inc.), the world's leading tech media, data, and marketing services company.

Is IDC reputable?

For three consecutive years, IDC was named Analyst Firm of the Year by the Institute of Influencer and Analyst Relations (IIR), a not-for-profit organization established to raise awareness of analyst relations. The Analyst Firm of the Year award is one of the highest recognitions for the technology market research industry and is based on a global survey of analyst relations professionals from diverse industries. According to IIR, IDC analysts demonstrate strong industry and regional expertise and are viewed as open, collaborative, and friendly. In addition, tech executives find their insights useful for product development and positioning efforts.

Is IDC a big company?

Yes, IDC has more than 1,300 analysts worldwide. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, any company that has fewer than 500 employees is a small business, while anything above that is a large business.

What are some recent reports by IDC?

IDC publishes hundreds of documents every month. A few recent reports include:

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