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Adobe is the dark horse of the software suppliers. Its product portfolio stretches way beyond the ubiquitous portable document format (PDF) standard, popularised by its Acrobat software.
After a experiencing some difficult trading conditions in 2006, Atos has embarked on a recovery plan. Its goals include getting back to 7-8% profitability by 2013, with revenues of €9bn-€10bn. One way in which it hopes to drive this growth is by focusing on “business-enabling IT”.
With annual revenues now exceeding £2.7bn, Capita has become a linchpin in public sector outsourcing. Historically, Capita’s growth has been through acquisition. The company’s big challenge is to bolster its revenues by building its business, rather than simply purchasing others.
4 Capgemini – Preparing for digital transformation
Like many technology firms, Capgemini is now reinventing itself, to meet the challenges posed by the economy, cloud computing and the growing commoditisation of IT.
5 Cisco – Can Cisco keep breaking new ground?
John Chambers, CEO of Cisco since 1995, has his work cut out for him. The networking company grew its revenues by almost 11% in the midst of the financial crisis. But now he faces the challenge of sustaining and, even increasing that growth.
6 EMC – From storage to big data
EMC has expanded rapidly from a simple storage company to a firm that supports several of IT’s major pillars, but to fulfil its potential it must integrate its many acquisitions and overcome the challenges of commoditisation and increasing competition in the storage market.
7 IBM – What’s next for Big Blue?
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IBM is putting globalisation and ubiquitous computing at the heart of its strategy, but it faces challenges ahead as businesses focus on smaller IT contracts, rather than the mega-deals of the past, and cloud computing disrupts traditional business models.
8 Infosys – India’s middle child faces growing pains
Faced with slowing growth in the business outsourcing market, technology services supplier Infosys has begun an ambitious strategy to transform itself into a global provider of consultancy and IT services.
9 Microsoft– Microsoft heads from the desktop to the clouds
Microsoft has grown to become one of the most successful software businesses in the history of computing. However the company’s future is less certain as it battles with the seismic changes facing technology.
Steria is a medium-sized company with big ambitions. The Paris-based IT services company aims to transform itself from one of the top 20 IT suppliers in the UK to one of the top 10.
This was first published in December 2012