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Identifying the tech vendor elite

Posted: 01 Jul 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:technology vendor? mobility sector? Microsoft?

This year, mobility will take a backseat to business intelligence and analytics as the technology capabilities that will have the greatest impact.

Market consultancy firm Aberdeen Group has listed the 100 most influential technology vendors for 2008 (See full list).

Microsoft, Oracle and SAP round out the top three spots. Meanwhile, IBM, Dell, HP, Cisco,, EMC and Sun closed out the top 10. Other established brands including Google, RIM/Blackberry, Apple, Motorola, Intel and Intuit are present.

Mobility, identified in last year's report as the top technology growth area, is well represented in the list by AT&T, Verizon, Sony Ericsson, Sprint/Nextel and T-Mobile. This year, however, mobility will take a back seat to business intelligence and analytics as the technology capabilities that will have the greatest impact over the next three to five years. Representing best of breed vendors in this category are SAS, Microstrategy, QlikView and SPSS, as well the broader enterprise suite solutions including Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, Hewlett Packard, Infor, Lawson, QAD and IFS.

The respondents of the survey were given an "open-text" opportunity to identify the top three technology companies that had the most influence on their business performance over the course of the past year.

Tech selection
The report also identifies the top two criteria organizations use to select technology solutions. These include total cost of ownership (43 percent), product functionality (42 percent), vendor stability (24 percent), market specific knowledge and experience (24 percent), domain or industry expertise (22 percent), and reputation (21 percent). It also reported that the priorities of organizations as it relates to technology spend vary by company size (See table). The annual state of the market report from the Aberdeen Group highlights five years of research and up to date insights from 4,645 snapshot survey respondents.

- Mark LaPedus
EE Times

Additional reporting by EE Times-Asia

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