International Data Corporation
|Type||Subsidiary of IDG|
|Headquarters||Framingham, Massachusetts, USA|
|Key people||Kirk Campbell (president and CEO)|
|Products||Market Intelligence, Advisory Services, Events|
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 IDG. IDC is headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts, and has over 1,000 analysts worldwide covering technology and industry opportunities, trends, and forecasts in over 110 countries. In 1992 IDC organized its first conference to help educate IT and telecommunications professionals about the latest developments in technology. Today, IDC organizes more than 200 conferences in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and North America annually. IDC's Insights line of businesses provide industry-focused advice for IT buyers in the Financial, Government, Health, Retail, Manufacturing, and Energy verticals.
Patrick J McGovern founded IDC in Massachusetts with a friend, Fred Kirch, in 1964, after a UNIVAC executive complained to him about the lack of market research information available on the emerging computer industry. At the beginning, the company produced a computer industry database and a newsletter, the "EDP Industry & Market Report".
Various IDC reports and forecasts were criticized for deficiencies in methodology. Notable cases include:
- Yearly joint BSA/IDC studies on software piracy
- IDC comparison of TCO of Linux v. Windows 2000
- IDC forecasts on Itanium sales
- About IDC from IDC website.
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- "BSA or just BS?", The Economist
- Lies, damn lies and statistics ZDNet UK
- Piracy stats don't add up Australian IT
- Windows costs less than Linux. A bit. Sometimes – MS study But you don't want to use it as a web server. Oops... The Register
- IBM mocks Itanium server sales - again. IDC forecasts 96 percent off The Register