Since its inception, IDC has been an early mover and leader in expanding into international markets, following the expansion of the IT industry as computing power was deployed in businesses around the world. After establishing its headquarters in
Over the course of the past 50 years, IDC's research has covered the IT industry's transition from mainframe/terminal computing (1st Platform), designed exclusively for enterprise and scientific use, to client/server computing (2nd Platform), which brought computing to hundreds of millions of users. As the foundation for each era of computing, the two platforms served as the focal point for industry innovation and growth. Today, the IT industry is in the midst of another transition to the 3rd Platform, based on the four technology pillars of cloud, mobility, big data and analytics, and social media. IDC predicts that these 3rd Platform technologies and solutions will drive more than 50% of worldwide IT spending, and nearly 100% of its growth, by 2020.
The application of information technology within businesses has undergone a similar transition as the IT industry has evolved from the 1st Platform to the 2nd and 3rd Platforms. The IT industry initially offered broad platforms designed to help businesses run more efficiently by automating many operational functions. As technology became more deeply embedded within businesses, it also grew more specialized and brought about greater collaboration and agility. Today, technology is an important source of innovation, enabling companies to create competitive advantage and disrupt entire industries with new products and services. To help business leaders better understand how technology is redefining the energy, financial services, government, healthcare, manufacturing, and retail sectors, the IDC Insights lines of business combine vertical industry expertise with a deep understanding of IT.
"As the first market research firm to cover the information technology industry, we are proud to have played an important role in its growth and evolution," said
To highlight IDC's history and accomplishments as well as focus on future technology trends and opportunities, IDC created a Web micro-site that features an infographic showing IDC's 50 years of global expansion, an eBook that provides highlights from IDC's past as well as a look at the future, a 3D interactive artwork that includes more than 100 images from IDC's archives, and a video highlighting the technology and market opportunities for the next 50 years. Please visit the 50th anniversary micro-site at http://www.idc.com/IDC_50anniversary/index.jsp.
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