Apple, Samsung, Google, Microsoft and IBM leads according to Gartner Global Top 100: IT Vendors in 2016 based on their revenue across IT (excluding communication services) and component market segments.
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. Google was at No. 3 position with IT revenue of $90.1, followed by Microsoft at $85.7 billion and IBM at $77.8 billion.
“The needs of IT buyers are shifting. CEOs are focused on growth and are more focused on realizing business outcomes from their IT spend,” said John-David Lovelock, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner.
“The Nexus of Forces has been the focus of attention for many years, however, the impact of digital business is giving rise to new categories,” added Lovelock.
Top Five Worldwide Vendors by IT and Components
Rank – Company – 2016 Revenue ($ Billion)
1. Apple – 218.1
2. Samsung Vendor Group – 139.1
3. Google – 90.1
4. Microsoft – 85.7
5. IBM – 77.8
The top three vendors (Apple, Samsung Vendor Group and Google) 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.
As enterprises increasingly digitalize their products and services, digital giants (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent) can become involved in, or even take over, the digital experience.
Gartner predicts that by 2021, 20 percent of all activities an individual engages in will involve at least one of the top seven digital giants.
“Any company that wants to engage consumers in, or through, their digital world will have to consider engaging with one or more of these digital giants,” said Lovelock.
“In the B2B world of selling technology solutions to large enterprises, some of the digital giants have already had significant impact,” said Mr. Lovelock.
For example, Amazon Web Services’ cloud is disrupting enterprise hardware and software businesses dramatically. Apple’s iOS devices are dominant within enterprise mobility, and Google’s presence beyond search into browsers, cloud office and more is growing.