Top 10 supplier profiles 2013

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Here are Computer Weekly's top 10 supplier profiles of 2013.

1. Amazon Web Services battles for cloud computing supremacy

In just seven years, Amazon Web Services, the services arm of US online retailer Amazon, has become one of the biggest suppliers of cloud computing.

It has hundreds of thousands of customers, including Netflix and Instagram, and the Central Intelligence Agency and Unilever.

Growth has been rapid. AWS’s revenue was estimated at about $1.5bn in 2012, according to a report by Baird Equity Research. But can it sustain its growth levels in an increasingly crowded marked for cloud computing.

This 12-page report gives you the key facts on Amazon Web Services (AWS), its cloud services, financial performance and strategy.

2. Uncertain times for HP

It’s been a stormy few years for HP, with a succession of CEOs, strategic U-turns and turbulent financial results. Can its latest chief executive get the business on an even keel and hold it there?

From its humble beginnings in a Palo Alto garage, the company has grown from a $5,000, two-employee manufacturer of oscillators to a $127 billion concern, spanning PCs, printers, enterprise servers, software and services.

Along the way, HP has experienced its fair share of controversy, including most recently another change of CEO, a hastily abandoned plan to sell off its consumer technology division, and an $8 billion write-down of its acquisition of Autonomy, amid allegations of financial irregularities.

This 12-page special report from Computer Weekly, updated for 2013, gives you the facts you need.

3. Courting controversy: Dell plans to go private

As PC revenues dip and the market shifts increasingly towards notebooks, Dell’s direct, just-in-time model no longer gives it a competitive edge. But is privatisation really the answer to its problems? Find out in this special report.

4. Experiencing Massive Change: EMC

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 dual challenges of commoditisation and increasing competition from other storage suppliers.

This 12-page special report from Computer Weekly, updated for 2013, gives you the facts on EMC, its strategy, products and services and financial performance.

5. SAP bets on the web as traditional ERP market declines

SAP has undergone a dramatic transformation. Once the kingpin of the supply chain, the company had been facing a slow decline, as competition from rivals on the web grew and businesses reined in their IT budgets.

But a change of leadership team and a huge interest in the company’s powerful ‘in-memory’ database technology, Hana, put SAP back into the limelight.

6. Symantec’s new approach to security

Since it was formed in 1982, Symantec has become renowned for its security and data management products and its antivirus expertise. ‘Big Yellow’, as the company is known after its distinctive logo, is living proof that security is big business, having grown steadily in the internet boom to become the world’s largest security and data management supplier.

The company employs 22,500 people worldwide and had revenues of $6.73bn for its full fiscal year 2012, up 9% on 2011. This makes Symantec roughly a tenth of the size of Microsoft in terms of revenue, and a quarter of the size by head count.

7. Cognizant’s consultancy ambitions

Cognizant is based in the US but has most of its workers in India. It manages computer systems and provides outsourcing services and consultancy. In its second-quarter results of 2012, Cognizant overtook Infosys as the Indian IT industry’s second-biggest company by revenues.

Like its Indian-based rivals, Cognizant has three main ambitions: to become a global brand, to increase its revenues from consultancy (more lucrative and interesting than the grunt work of running computer systems) and to become better known in the boardrooms of the world’s biggest companies. Put simply, it wants to be more like Accenture or IBM.

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8. From Vegetable Oil to Global IT services: Wipro

It all began with vegetable oil. In 1945, in Amalner, a small town in western India, a company called Western India Products Limited was founded.

Today, Wipro Technologies is headquartered in Bangalore, the hub of India’s outsourcing industry. It has more than 130,000 employees, providing IT services and consulting in industries ranging from financial services and retail to transportation and healthcare.

9. Rising competition and a tough market challenge Steria’s big ambitions

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.

And it is managing a decent growth, despite the economic downturn. Although the UK is Steria’s largest market, it has growing operations in France, Germany and other parts of Europe.

Steria is expanding into financial services, particularly insurance. But amid a sluggish UK market and the government’s cost-cutting squeeze on IT suppliers, some experts worry that Steria is too dependent on the public sector.

10. TCS: India’s largest software company faces a new set of challenges

The effects of Western austerity and rising wages at home are hurdles that Tata Consultancy Service must overcome if it is to continue its growth.

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), India’s largest software company, reported strong results and forecast that its annual sales would top industry estimates in 2012.

Now, however, Western companies are freezing IT spending – or reducing it – in response to tough economic conditions. Like its India-based rivals, TCS makes most of its money from running back-office computer systems.

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