International Data Corporation

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Not to be confused with Interactive Data Corporation.
International Data Corporation
Type Subsidiary of IDG
Industry Market research
Founded 1964
Headquarters Framingham, Massachusetts, USA
Key people Kirk Campbell (President & CEO)
Products Market Intelligence, Advisory Services, Events
Employees 1001-5000 employees
Parent IDG

International Data Corporation (IDC) is an American market research, analysis and advisory firm specializing in information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology. IDC is a wholly owned subsidiary of the International Data Group (IDG) company, which was founded first in 1964. IDC is headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts, United States (U.S.) and consists of over 1,000 analysts, who provide consultancy in relation to technology related 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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