International Data Corporation

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Not to be confused with Interactive Data Corporation.
International Data Corporation
Subsidiary of IDG
Industry Market research
Founded 1964
Headquarters Framingham, Massachusetts, USA
Key people
Kirk Campbell (President and CEO)
Products Market intelligence, advisory services, events
Number of employees
1001-5000 employees
Parent IDG

International Data Corporation (IDC), an American market research, analysis and advisory firm, specializes in information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology. A wholly owned subsidiary of the International Data Group (IDG) company (first founded in 1964), IDC has its headquarters in Framingham, Massachusetts, United States (U.S.). The corporation employs over 1,000 analysts, who provide consultancy in relation to technology opportunities and trends for over 110 countries.


Patrick Joseph McGovern founded IDG in Massachusetts in 1964 after companies such as Univac, Xerox and Burroughs paid McGovern for his research on the future of computer technology. Following inception, McGovern hired high school students to undertake research and after three years, a continually expanding IDC was grossing US$600,000.[1]

McGovern was then engaged by the concept of publishing after IDG research showed a lack of knowledge among computer systems managers of computer industry news and product developments. He consequently launched Computerworld in 1967, which became a flagship weekly magazine and the cornerstone of IDG's subsequent publishing arm.[1]


Various IDC reports and forecasts were criticized for deficiencies in methodology. Notable cases include:


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