The 10 Most Competitive Tech Companies in the World

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Outthinker releases its "10 Most Competitive Tech Companies of the World" list. While Apple makes it, the absence of admired firms like IBM, Microsoft, Intel and appearance of Cognizant, Red Hat, Cerner, Akamai, and VMWare point to a new era of tech competition.

The absence of admired companies such as IBM, Microsoft, and Intel is surprising.

"At Outthinker we look with some skepticism at the innumerable lists of 'most innovative' or 'most admired' companies," CEO Kaihan Krippendorff says. He argues that too often such lists are composed of companies are deemed "cool" by the press but are not measurably changing things. "Creativity is about coming up with different idea, which is great, but innovation requires that your creative idea is adopted," Krippendorff explains.

Or as Steve Jobs once said "Innovation is creativity that ships."

So when Outthinker launched an exhaustive effort to identify the most innovative tech companies in the world, they focused on results. Specifically, they looked for companies who consistently, over a five-year period, grew faster, generated higher profit margins, and produce more shareholder value than their peers. The result - culled from 6,000 companies globally - is Outthinker's list of the "10 Most Competitive Tech Companies in the World."

While it is perhaps to be expected that Apple caught the top spot, the absence of many admired tech giants like IBM, Microsoft, and Intel is surprising. "The presence of companies like VMWare, RedHat, Qualcomm, and Akamai point to new, faster-paced, cloud-based, multi-device world in which the agile survive," Krippendorff says.

For a complete list of the top 10 and to download the full report see

About Outthinker:

Outthinker LLC is a strategy consulting firm that helps "clients solve problems that matter." It has emerged in the last ten years as one of the most sought-after, boutique strategic innovation firms and today serves clients ranging from L'Oreal, Nestle/Purina, and Red Bull to Aetna, Citibank, and VMWare.

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