A bit about who they are.
International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. More than 1,100 IDC analysts provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries worldwide. For 50 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world’s leading technology media, research, and events company.
IDC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading technology media, events and research company. IDG’s media brands – including CIO®, CSO®, Computerworld®, GamePro®, InfoWorld®, Macworld®, Network World®, PCWorld® and TechWorld® – reach an audience of more than 280 million technology buyers in 97 countries. IDG’s network features 460 websites and 200 print titles spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment, and video games worldwide. The IDG TechNetwork represents hundreds of independent web sites in an ad network complementary to IDG’s media brands. IDG® is also a leading producer of more than 700 technology-related events, including Macworld | iWorld, E3 Expo®, DEMO®, SNW™, and IDC Directions®. IDG’s marketing services include lead generation with IDG Connect®, custom publishing, social web marketing with IDG Amplify® ads and IDG Social Scout™ analysis and program development, and IDG Market Fusion™ research and content optimization.
More about their specific research.
IDC recently published an ‘INSIGHT report’ on “App Performance Practices: Augmenting Quality with Network and Service Virtualization” by Melinda-Carol Ballou.
An excerpt from this report can be found below.
Proactive Quality and Life-Cycle Virtualization for Application Performance
Ideally, companies would have clear visibility into the networks on which their applications are dependent. This can help teams understand network impact on software to help improve test design, performance, and automating that. Making this approach intuitive, repeatable, and leveraged for environments such as mobile, which are ubiquitous and highly exposed, is becoming business critical. Virtualization can enable ease of creation and control in these combined environments, which would otherwise not be possible.
But automation of service, network virtualization, and quality is insufficient. Evaluation and adoption of emerging tools in these combined environments must be coupled with effective process and organizational strategies to enable a transition across disparate network, development, quality, and operations teams. These groups are separated by function, focus, and organizational strata. Creating common processes and communication workflow across quality, development, networking, and operations is critical. It is part of the work of moving toward a comprehensive “DevOps” strategy with which we see IDC clients becoming engaged and concerned increasingly.
To read this report in more detail find it below.