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IDC is an analyst firm owned by IDG. We wrote about the company's misconduct in the following posts.








2013 Fake ‘Studies’ for Vista 8 Grooming and Yet More IDC/IDG Pay-to-Say/Publication Collusion (Yes, Again)

Concise Analysis

To give a short summary, IDC has been caught discussing the removal of a disclosure regarding funding (discussed with the funding source, which was unhappy with the outcome). IDC was also caught choosing specific and biased populations for its surveys, which is akin to rigging. IDG, the media company, promotes studies from IDC sometimes (this is self promotion) and its advertising budget/policies can easily effect the preferences/convictions of IDC, and vice versa. Lastly, IDC sometimes issues statements that are mutually contradictory, especially if two competing companies pay IDC in order to receive positive coverage. Ultimately, this means that IDC is making large sums of money fueling both sides of an issue, making money from both in exchange for endorsements that CIOs take seriously.

We have provided specific examples, included one where Microsoft hired IDC in order to belittle GNU/Linux. This was not an independent study and its goal was very clear from the start. IDC also routinely delivers (jointly with the BSA) indefensible propaganda for the software and media industry, fabricating numbers by quantifying perceived lost from items that are infinitely duplicable. This puts in doubt claims of noble honesty.

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