International Data Corporation

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International Data Corporation
Type 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
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 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.[1] 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.[2] 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:


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