IBM's services arm is still a monster, the lumpy bookings skewed performance

I blogged yesterday about ISG’s list of the top 20 IT service providers in the first quarter of 2013.

This is in terms of contract value sold in the quarter. I focused in the fact that IBM was not in there. It seemed strange as IBM Global Services is a gorilla and a half.

I asked ISG why this might be the case so I thought I would set the record straight with the ISG reply.

he first thing to point out is the list only takes into account public announcements so if IBM didn’t publicly announce wins they would not appear and the other point is that bookings come in chunks so nothing should be read into a quarter’s performance.

So the shock of IBM’s absence is explained.