IDC Announces Plans for Predictions 2012

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., November 10, 2011 – International Data Corporation (IDC) today announced its annual Predictions plans for 2012. The overarching themes and events that IDC expects will shape the worldwide information and communications technology (ICT) market will be revealed in a Web conference to be held December 1, 2011 at 12 pm U.S. Eastern time. Following this event, IDC will publish more than 100 Predictions 2012 research documents covering a wide range of technology markets and detailing trends in specific industries and geographies.

"Each year, hundreds of IDC research analysts collaborate to identify the most pressing IT trends and factors that are driving the global technology marketplace," said Frank Gens, Senior Vice President and Chief Analyst at IDC. "These discussions focus not only on which are the most influential and widespread, but also how these trends are impacting the many segments that make up the overall ICT market. The result is a dynamic view of the forces driving the market that can then be brought to bear on specific market segments to help our clients make strategic business decisions."

IDC's research analysts have published predictions and top 10 lists of what to expect in the worldwide ICT markets for nearly 30 years. For the last 10 years, industry analysts from IDC’s Insights lines of business have provided their own annual predictions on the future of ICT in the energy, financial services, government, health, manufacturing, and retail industries. The resulting research provides IDC's clients with essential guidance on the industry's most dynamic issues and serves as a critical tool in helping IT executives across industries and geographies strategically evaluate the IT landscape.

The IDC Worldwide Predictions 2012 Web conference will be held December 1st at 12:00 pm U.S. Eastern time. The presentation will be led by Frank Gens, who will discuss the themes and opportunities that IDC expects will drive the worldwide IT industry in 2012 and beyond. Gens will be a joined by a panel of IDC analysts from around the world. Details and registration for this Web conference can be found at http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=IDC_P24932. Details for other IDC Predictions 2012 Web conferences can be found at http://www.idc.com/events.

On December 5th, Meredith Whalen, senior vice president of U.S. Insights and Vertical Markets Research, will lead a cross-industry discussion on the future of IT in the energy, financial services, government, health, manufacturing and retail industries. Details for this and 17 additional IDC Insights Web conferences covering specific industries, practice areas, and geographies can be found at www.idc.com/IDCInsightsPredictionsWebcasts.

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About IDC

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 to make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. More than 1,000 IDC analysts provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries. For more than 47 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. You can learn more about IDC by visiting www.idc.com.