Gartner unveiled the top global 100 vendors in IT in 2016 based on their revenue across and component market segments. In the Gartner Global Top 100: IT vendors, Apple was the largest vendor with more than $218 billion in IT revenue — approximately $79 billion larger than the No. 2 vendor, Samsung Vendor Group. Gartner analysts presented these findings during the Gartner Tech Growth & Innovation Conference.
For the first time, Gartner has published a ranking of the top 100 largest tech companies in the world based on estimates for their revenue across IT and component market segments. Technology business leaders can use the Gartner Global Top 100: IT to benchmark competitive performance against a shift from the Nexus of Forces to digital business as the driver of IT purchasing.
“The needs of IT buyers are shifting. CEOs are focused on growth and are more focused on realizing business outcomes from their IT spend,” said John-David Lovelock, Vice President and Distinguished Analyst at Gartner.
The top five vendors ranked for the year 2016 are Apple with a revenue of 218.1, followed by Samsung Vendor Group with a revenue of 139.1, Google with 90.1, Microsoft with 85.7 and IBM with 77.8.
The top three vendors can attribute much of their size to their solid alignment with the Nexus of Forces. Microsoft was a large and influential company when the Nexus of Forces began, having grown to market leadership during the web and e-business phase, and has managed to pivot to remain relevant. IBM gained its size and market dominance in the very earliest IT markets when servers, storage and consulting services dominated. The need for these devices and services, along with mobile phones and PCs will remain — cloud will underpin all digital business initiatives — but they will become more commoditized and less of a driver for new projects and spending.