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Senior Research Analyst, Computing Platforms / Infrastructure

Senior Research Analyst, Computing Platforms / Infrastructure

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IDC's Computing Platforms Research Team is seeking a Senior Research Analyst to support its research and business development efforts in this sector.


Key topic areas to be covered include infrastructure technologies and platforms, specifically:


(1) Computing hardware such as servers, workstations and gateways from leading vendors such as Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Lenovo

(2) Commercial and non-commercial/open-source operating platforms such as Linux, UNIX and Microsoft Windows

(3) Heterogeneous computing such as GPUs and FPGAs

(4) Virtualization technologies from leading vendors such as VMware, RedHat, and Docker


In addition to the opportunity to join a highly successful and motivated research team, this position offers the successful candidate the opportunity to thrive in the industry's leading provider of market intelligence, delivering expert solutions to major suppliers of cutting-edge infrastructure solutions.


This is a highly visible position that requires the candidate to develop cutting-edge qualitative and quantitative research for IDC's exceptionally diverse base of clients that includes hardware, software and services vendors. A successful candidate will seek to become a subject-matter expert on datacenter infrastructure software and hardware, and related technologies.


  • Develop, publish and present innovative, insightful, and actionable research.  This includes writing well-researched and concise reports, generating forecasts, and presenting findings to vendors
  • Participate in survey design and analysis: working in cooperation with IDC’s primary researchers to develop, execute and publish relevant enterprise survey data
  • Provide first-class customer support and advisory services: our clients rely on us for timely and actionable insights and ongoing customer interaction is a top responsibility
  • Work closely with other IDC analysts to collect, analyze, and report historical device shipments as well as forecast future shipments


  • A bachelor's degree
  • Experience working with an IT infrastructure vendor is preferred
  • A broad background that includes understanding of infrastructure technologies such as servers and operating systems, participating vendors and market dynamics
  • Prior experience working as an analyst and/or related business experience is a plus
  • Ability to critically analyze new and emerging technologies, products, services and vendors, and express the analysis in a written format
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Ability to develop and maintain quantitative data models for historical and forecast data, develop related qualitative analysis, analyze survey data and deliver documents and projects on a timely basis
  • Good social media and blogging skills
  • Ability and ease with working independently and with a team


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 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 an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants and employees are considered for positions and are evaluated without regard to mental or physical disability, handicap, race, color, religion, gender, gender identity and expression, ancestry, national origin, age, genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status or other categories protected by law.