Strategy&: Top 50 best performing global ICT companies

24 November 2014

IBM, Microsoft, SAP, Oracle and Cisco are the five most successful ICT companies in the global marketplace, according to a new research from consulting firm Strategy&. The list of 50 top performing ICT organisations includes 15 IT services firms, including consultancies Atos, Accenture, Capgemini, Capita and CGI.

For the third year in a row Strategy&, the former Booz & Company, has released its ‘Global Information, Communications, and Technology (ICT) 50’ study, in which it unveils the best performing global IT players. The list, which is divided into four key sectors – hardware, software, IT services and telecom – is based on the performance across four critical criteria: financial performance, portfolio strength, go-to-market footprint, and innovation and branding.

Top 15 ICT Companies

This year, IBM again took the top spot in the rankings, followed by Microsoft, SAP, Oracle, and Cisco. The top 10 in addition includes big names such as Apple, Samsung and Google. Accenture is the only consulting firm to make the top 15, while both TCS (#11) and Infosys (#14) also have large IT consulting practices.

The top 15 shows little change compared to last year. Only two firms moved out of the top 15 – Atos and Adobe – replaced by US provider EMC and offshore IT specialist HCL. An overview of the complete top 50:

Global ICT 50

Overall, the 50 companies that make up this year’s ICT 50 posted US$2.22 trillion in revenue, 2 percent more than they did the year before. In general, software companies perform the strongest, with revenue up 11 percent, to $284 billion and an EBIT margin of 22.5 percent of revenue, although down from the 25 percent margin posted last year. The offshore IT service players are the second largest growers but their margins have declined slightly, according to Strategy& the result of their growing presence in mature markets, the legacy technologies and high cost structures that go with being there.

ICT 50 revenue and earnings growth by sector

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