Monday, June 13, 2011
What sources do you rely on for reliable IT industry research and data? Some answers may include government data (e.g. BEA, BLS), research subscription services (e.g. IDC, Gartner), news websites (e.g. Channel Insider, CIO) and search engines (e.g. Bing, Google). That’s a lot of sources to dig through!
Even then, there is still no guarantee of mining that “golden nugget” of information. Clearly, there must be a more efficient and effective way to search for that meaningful market size data, growth forecast, market opportunity etc. At last, there is – the CompTIA ReSEARCH Engine.
This new online tool provides you with a better way to get your hands on that precious data you could urgently use for purposes such as business plans, sales calls or presentations. Maintained by our very own research analysts, the search engine immediately returns useful data points, also known as “answers.” The CompTIA ReSEARCH Engine is:
- Targeted – quickly find answers compiled solely from IT industry research and data sources.
- Easy to use – it has simple, yet powerful search functionality.
- Comprehensive – you can connect directly to CompTIA, government and industry data sources.
The most reliable sources of data are incorporated. CompTIA has an extensive market research program designed to provide the IT industry timely, relevant and actionable data and intelligence. Our research benchmarks business attitudes, purchase plans and technology preferences so members can plan their selling strategy. It identifies what technology is in demand and pinpoints industry areas poised for growth. Numerous IT industry topics are covered, such as IT spending, cloud computing, security, skills, unified communications, managed services and other end-user markets (e.g. government, education, SMB and healthcare).
From the sample screenshot below, we can see what a search on “unified communications” returns. One answer
yields that 90 percent of 197 U.S. IT firms expect their unified communications revenues to increase this year: What is your expectation for the growth of unified communications-related revenue at your firm in 2011?
- 31% Grow significantly (10% or more)
- 59% Grow modestly
- 10% Flat/no change
- 1% Shrink modestly
- 0% Shrink rapidly (10% or more)
In addition to numerous industry resources, a variety of data formats are provided. For example, charts, links to full CompTIA reports, or links to original sources. Additionally, you have the option to further customize search options to your preference. Just please keep in mind that inputting data is an ongoing effort and the tool will become even more useful over time.
CompTIA membership includes full access to all published research and the new ReSEARCH Engine. For more information, visit Research on the Member Resource Center
or contact email@example.com
. Try out the ReSEARCH Engine today and let us know what you think!