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), 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.
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.
Various IDC reports and forecasts were criticized for deficiencies in methodology. Notable cases include:
- Annual BSA/IDC studies on software piracy
- IDC comparison of TCO of Linux v. Windows 2000
- IDC forecasts on Itanium sales
- "International Data Group, Inc. History". Funding Universe. Funding Universe. 1999. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
- "BSA or just BS?", The Economist
- Lies, damn lies and statistics ZDNet UK
- Piracy stats don't add up at the Wayback Machine (archived June 9, 2007) 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